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Review the latest research and industry news for interstitial cystitis and bladder pain syndrome, as well as the related conditions of pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, vulvodynia, chronic prostatitis, irritable bowel syndrome and functional somatic syndrome. The Interstitial Cystitis Network is the largest patient support group in the world. Founded in 1995, we provide health education materials, an e-newsletter read by more than 25,000 patients and providers and our magazine, the IC Optimist.

Canada IC Guidelines Finally Adopted – Patients Get Much Needed Guidance

Why have so many interstitial cystitis patients in Canada come to the USA for care? Despite the glowing reviews about universal health care, there is a sad IC truth behind the scenes north of the border. There is no national IC organization to advocate on their behalf. Only a handful of physicians in the nation specialize in [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|Awareness, Diagnosis, ICN Announcements, Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Research, Treatments|Comments Off on Canada IC Guidelines Finally Adopted – Patients Get Much Needed Guidance

Popular Urology Drug, Hyoscyamine, Recalled

Hyoscyamine sulfate, a popular drug use for urology patients struggling with incontinence, has been recalled by Virtus Pharmaceuticals. This recall is the result of irregular medication levels in the medication which can give patients either too much (super potent) or too little (sub potent) medication. Taking a product that is superpotent could result in hot/dry [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Consumer Alerts, Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Popular Urology Drug, Hyoscyamine, Recalled

ICN E-Newsletter – April 2016

April 2016 ICN E-Newsletter Interesting Blogs/Feature Stories   How Does Interstitial Cystitis Begin One of the most recognizable figures in research and clinical care, Dr. Lowell Parsons has treated 9000 IC patients in his 35 year career at UC San Diego. A legend in the IC movement, he developed the only oral medication approved for [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|ICN Newsletters, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News|Comments Off on ICN E-Newsletter – April 2016

ICN Newsletter – January 2016

The Latest News From The IC Network - January 2016 Sponsored by: Imprimis Pharma - Beaumont Urology - CystaQ - Desert Harvest Aloe - MultiRight Low Acid Multivitamin - PainShieldMD 1. The 2015 Providers Of The Year! Doctor of the Year - Dr. Robert Evans - Wake Forest University During the 2015 IC Awareness Month campaign, [...]

By |January 27th, 2016|ICN Newsletters, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on ICN Newsletter – January 2016

Three Physical Therapists of the Year Honored! Karin I. Westlin-Boyer PT, Jennifer Rutkowski MPT, Rhonda Fiorillo MPT

The 2015 Physical Therapists of the Year ARE During the 2015 IC Awareness Month campaign, we asked patients to nominate compassionate, knowledgeable care providers for our first annual “Doctor” and “PT” of the year awards. We received dozens of excellent nominations for physical therapists and wish we could have honored every single one of them. Our committee [...]

By |January 24th, 2016|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Three Physical Therapists of the Year Honored! Karin I. Westlin-Boyer PT, Jennifer Rutkowski MPT, Rhonda Fiorillo MPT

The 2015 Doctor Of The Year For IC Is……. Dr. Robert Evans

During the 2015 IC Awareness Month campaign, we asked patients to nominate compassionate, knowledgeable care providers for our first annual “Doctor” and “PT” of the year awards. Out of the hundreds of doctors nominated, I’m happy to announce that Dr. Robert Evans earned the honor of 2015  Doctor Of The Year! The comments shared about his treatment exemplify the dignity [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News|Comments Off on The 2015 Doctor Of The Year For IC Is……. Dr. Robert Evans

Orphan Drug Status for Pentosan May Deter Lower Price Generics

Bene Arzneimittel GmBH, a german pharmaceutical company, announced in late December 2015 that Pentosan polysulphate (aka Elmiron) has been officially registered as an orphan drug for the treatment of interstitial cystitis by the European Medicines Agency, EMA. "Receiving orphan drug status for pentosan polysulphate in the European Union is a great success for bene", says [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News|Comments Off on Orphan Drug Status for Pentosan May Deter Lower Price Generics

December 2015 Newsletter – The Happiest of Holidays To You

The Happiest of Holidays From the ICN Staff! We thank you for your support and encouragement throughout 2015. May 2016 bring you peace, joy, love and, most of all, healing! - Jill & the ICN staff! Sponsored by: Allergan - Imprimis Pharma - Beaumont Urology - CystaQ - Desert Harvest Aloe - MultiRight Low Acid Multivitamin - PainShieldMD [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|ICN Newsletters, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on December 2015 Newsletter – The Happiest of Holidays To You

Winter 2016 IC Optimist Is Now Available

The Winter 2016 IC Optimist is now available and is being sent to our subscribers! Read the latest news, feature stories, research, self-help tips in our quarterly magazine dedicated to interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Subscribe Today Individual Copy Instant Download Individual Copy Printed Version In this issue: (1) Editorial: Do you have a [...]

By |December 18th, 2015|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Winter 2016 IC Optimist Is Now Available

New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods

The ICN Food List Application for Android Devices (Santa Rosa, CA) If you’re scared to drink a cup of coffee out of fear that you’ll spend the day in the restroom, you’re not alone. Mild urinary frequency and urgency are common but for patients with urinary disorders, these same foods can provoke days of pain and [...]

By |December 10th, 2015|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self Care|Comments Off on New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods