Jim Belushi, Savient And CreakyJoints Team Up To Shift The Conversation About Gout

Jim Belushi, Savient And CreakyJoints Team Up To Shift The Conversation About

-- Video Released on Gout Awareness Day Aims to Dispel Outdated Perceptions

PR Newswire

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 22, 2013

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Belushi, Savient
Pharmaceuticalsand patient advocacy group CreakyJoints have released a new
online video to encourage candid discussion about gout, an age-old and often
misunderstood condition. The actor and performer has suffered from gout for
more than 15 years and is an advocate within the gout community who aims to
raise awareness and encourages education around the condition. The video,
released on Gout Awareness Day, features a roundtable discussion with
real-world experiences and physician perspective on the condition.

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"Gout is a difficult condition to understand unless you or someone you're
close to has experienced it," said Belushi, "We hope that this effort will
inspire people with gout to speak up and have similarly candid conversations
about gout online, in their local communities and with their doctors. We have
to start shifting the gout conversation to focus on medical realities instead
of outdated perceptions."

A chronic and progressive condition, gout occurs when a high level of uric
acid in the blood causes crystals to form and accumulate in and around the
joints which can cause painful gout "flares." Symptoms of a gout flare often
include tenderness, swelling and severe pain to the affected joint. Over time,
the uric acid can buildup to cause tophi, which are lumps and bumps that form
under the skin. If left untreated or not optimally managed over time, gout can
progress to a more severe form which can lead to bone destruction and

"Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting roughly
eight million people in the U.S.," said Dr. Jonathan Krant, a rheumatologist
and the Medical Director of CreakyJoints, "People with gout present on a
spectrum of severity, but given the progressive nature of the condition and
the comorbidities commonly associated with gout, it's important that patients
work with their doctor to get their uric acid level under control."

The partnership urges people affected by gout to start shifting the gout
conversation on Gout Awareness Day by tweeting their experiences with the hash
tag, #NotJustGout.

CreakyJoints helps those with arthritis better manage their condition and lead
healthier, happier lives. We produce education, wellness, and exercise
programs -- teaching arthritis patients about the latest treatment advances
and how to holistically combat their conditions (focusing on knowledge,
fitness, and spirit). We provide treatment information, advice from
physicians, nutritionists and dietitians, physical fitness experts, and health
psychologists. Visit www.creakyjoints.org to learn more.

Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused
on developing and commercializing products in the rheumatology space. 



Media Relations
Camille Scott
Rx Mosaic Health
(212) 336-7528

SOURCE Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Website: http://www.savient.com
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