Happy old couple in good health

Caring for chronic and disabling diseases

Living better, every day

heavy legs

Soigner les jambes lourdes - pointes de pieds

In 1959, Pierre Fabre finally found relief for heavy legs

In the late 1950s, Pierre Fabre was a pharmacist and drew many lessons from that experience. Listening to his patients’ needs, he noticed that many of them suffered from venous insufficiency, more precisely from a functional disorder called “restless legs,” and that none of the available solutions provided them with any relief.

From his pharmacy, inside his laboratory and in association with academics from the Toulouse Pharmacy Faculty, Pierre Fabre conducted the research which would result in his first prescription drug.

Eureka! In 1959 he satisfied the needs of patients suffering from heavy legs with a plant-based prescription drug. This was an immediate success, and is still borne out today.

As a pharmacist and botanist, Pierre Fabre found inspiration in nature. His prescription drug was created by extracting the key ingredients contained in butcher’s broom root.


Advice corner

Pierre Fabre soigne les jambes lourdes et l'insuffisance veineuse

How to relieve the discomfort of heavy legs

After many long hours spent on your feet, your legs sometimes feel heavy and swollen. "Heavy legs" is a real condition and not to be taken lightly. Dr. Fabienne Cabanac is here to tell you all about it and has several suggestions to help you combat this discomfort.


Happy and healthy couple

Committed to urology since 1982, Pierre Fabre continues to innovate

In the 1970s, benign prostatic hyperplasia already affected 75% of men over 60 years of age in France.

In view of this, Pierre Fabre encouraged his pharmaceutical research team to look into this disorder. They would then try to develop a prescription drug to relieve the moderate functional problems associated with prostate adenoma.

In 1981, after several attempts, the research team based in Castres developed a new process. The clinical trials carried out in partnership with the main French urology centers, including Val de Grâce Hospital, Saint-Charles de Montpellier Hospital and Besançon University Hospital, concluded that the prescription drug was effective in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) .

Marketing Authorization (MA) was obtained in 1982.

Since the early 1980s, Pierre Fabre's pharmaceutical business has been a key player in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

The prescription drug developed back then remains one of the signature products of Pierre Fabre Pharmaceuticals.

In 2016, the Pierre Fabre Group extended its expertise in urology, more specifically in urinary incontinence, by promoting a prescription drug developed by the American laboratory Pfizer, in France and in 18 other countries

n addition to this partnership, Pierre Fabre has, since 2018, aimed to improve quality of life for patients with urinary incontinence by developing innovative tools and services such as Uronaute.




metric tons of drupes (fruits) per year


countries distribute the prescription drug


of men aged 70 years of age and over are affected by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)



Palm tree leaf used in urology treatments by Pierre Fabre

Plant engineering in urology

R&D drew its inspiration from plants growing in the arid lands of the United States. The team suggested to Pierre Fabre that a urology prescription drug be developed from a key ingredient extracted from the fruit of a little palm tree that grows in Florida. A long way from Castres!

Pulmonology and respiratory

Mid-life man with BEPC - BPCO

Take a deep breath with Pierre Fabre

In 2050, 50% of the world population will be affected by at least one allergic disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and Chronic Bronchitis (COPD) will be the 3rd highest cause of mortality in 2030.

These public health problems drove the Pierre Fabre Group to promote prescription drugs for asthma patients and for patients with chronic bronchitis (COPD).

Since 1991, the Pierre Fabre Group has endeavored to offer therapeutic solutions which meet the requirements of patients suffering from respiratory disorders (asthma and COPD)

Type 2

Pierre Fabre soigner le diabète de type 2

Fighting against type 2 diabetes

According to the WHO, 1 in 11 adults worldwide suffers from diabetes. Diabetes is a major public health issue and the number of cases is steadily rising.

Until recently, this type of diabetes was only observed in adults, but it is now also present among children.

  • Our involvement in tackling type 2 diabetes began in 2008 with the first co-marketing agreement signed with MSD Laboratories for the marketing of an anti-diabetic molecule in France.
  • In 2009 there followed the signing of a second agreement enabling us to provide patients with a fixed-dose combination of two molecules.



million people affected worldwide


of type 2 diabetes could be avoided


million people affected in France

Pierre Fabre Chronic diabete HCP fair

Committed to patient associations

In order to support patients all along their care pathway, Pierre Fabre joins forces with institutions and patient associations. So, every year since 2008 we have taken part in the Congress of the Société Francophone de Diabète (Francophone Diabetes Society - SFD) and we support the Fédération Française des Diabétiques (French Federation of Diabetics - FFD) throughout diabetes prevention week in June.


Pierre Fabre soigner la carence en fer

Pierre Fabre, leader in the iron deficiency anemia market

In 1993, the Pierre Fabre Group strongly believed there was a gap in the market and became the first company to market a product to treat iron deficiency and to prevent iron deficiency in pregnant women.
Since then, the Pierre Fabre Group has led the iron supplement market and holds a market share of more than 60%. Iron deficiency is the main cause of anemia in Western Europe and worldwide. More than 1.5 billion humans are iron-deficient. 
The condition particularly affects pregnant women, especially toward the end of their pregnancy. Iron requirements increase significantly during pregnancy as the fetus and placenta grow and as maternal blood volume increases.


in the iron deficiency anemia market


of women aged 18 to 74 suffer from anemia


of pregnant women have an iron deficiency