The new intermittent catheter Luja™ addresses important risk factors for urinary tract infections, a significant burden for people using intermittent catheters as well as healthcare systems as a whole.
Urinary tract infections represent a significant challenge for people who use intermittent catheters to empty their bladder. This includes people living with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or spina bifida. On average, intermittent catheter users have 2-3 urinary tract infections per year1-3, which can lead to serious health complications4, have a significant impact on quality of life2, and result in hospitalisation5-9, thereby putting pressure on local healthcare systems.
Complete bladder emptying in one free flow
Coloplast is now launching Luja, the first and only male catheter featuring 80+ micro-holes, aiming to address important UTI risk factors1 linked to intermittent catheterisation.
“The primary function of a catheter is to empty the bladder. Still, people experience urine flow stops and blockage of the catheter eyelets during bladder emptying with the conventional catheters on the market today10”, says Executive Vice President of Innovation at Coloplast, Nicolai Buhl.
Flow stops and blockage of the catheter eyelets during emptying increase the risk of leaving residual urine behind in the bladder. Residual urine increases the risk of bacteria growth and is a well-known UTI risk factor1.
“With Luja and its Micro-hole Zone Technology we are setting a new standard for intermittent catheterisation and ensuring complete bladder emptying in one free flow*. We believe this catheter will be a paradigm shift within continence care and benefit catheter users as well as healthcare systems as a whole,” ends Nicolai Buhl.
The launch of Luja begins this month, February, in Denmark and Finland, and the product is expected to be available across Coloplast’s key markets over the next 12 months. Coloplast is currently conducting two pivotal clinical studies to document and demonstrate the benefits of Luja. The results are expected to be publicly available within the next few months.
A growth driver in continence care
In 2021/22, the global market for continence care products was worth an estimated 15-16 billion DKK with an underlying annual market growth of 5-6%. Coloplast is the global market leader in continence care, and the company continues to outgrow the market and take market share. The launch of Luja is expected to contribute to Coloplast’s growth trajectory and help solidify the company’s global market leader position.
* Luja has close to no flow stops and complete bladder emptying is defined as <10 mL (CP353, NCT05485922)
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