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Press Release

UCB launches 24/7 helpline for doctors and patients

Posted on: 14 Sep 16

Slough, UK, September 12th: Today UCB announced the launch of a new personalised phone service for healthcare professionals and patients. Patients who are prescribed UCB products will now be able to call UCB directly, where they will be greeted by highly-skilled scientists who can provide advice and receive feedback on products and treatments. The new initiative called UCBCares™ means that patients, as well as doctors will have direct interaction with key internal UCB advisors as UCB aims to work closer with the NHS and patients in developing the best treatments and delivering outstanding care.

UCB’s UK & Irish commercial headquarters are located in Slough, Berkshire. The site at Slough also houses the global immunology research centre and UCB is taking full advantage of this privileged position with its R&D scientists working alongside the UCBCares™ team by directly answering questions around treatments or therapy areas, taking customer feedback and using this to drive innovation in the development of new medicines.

Steve Turley, Managing Director for UCB British and Irish Isles, said, “UCBCares™ is an important service for making sure that those taking or prescribing our treatments get the most out of them. Greater patient involvement in their own care has grown but this has been coupled with increased pressure on the NHS and so there is a natural role for industry to better support patients; and UCBCares™ is just one way we are opening our doors so that we can achieve better outcomes for patients and design innovative new medicines for the patients of tomorrow.”

UCBCares™ will provide the following service:

  • Single point of access for patients and healthcare professionals for information and assistance with UCB products and services
  • Medical information solutions; where the focus on fulfilling patient needs moves beyond just product information
  • Therapy area related information
  • Recording and responding to reported product complaints
  • Recording all reported adverse events

The launch of UCBCares™ in the UK follows the successful launch of the initiative across Germany, and the U.S.

For further Information
Scott Fleming, Communications Director, UCB, British & Irish Isles
T: +44 770.277.7378

About UCB

UCB, Brussels, Belgium ( is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 7,700 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.9 billion in 2015. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).

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Last updated on: 14/09/2016

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