The production team behind JTBC's medical drama "Doctor Cha" has issued an apology to viewers after the recent portrayal of Crohn's disease in the show sparked outrage. Despite the controversy, the series has reached new heights in popularity, entering Netflix's Top 10 Dramas chart in multiple countries.

In a statement released on May 10, the "Doctor Cha" production unit expressed gratitude to fans for their support and apologized for the insensitive handling of Crohn's disease in the show's seventh episode. The chronic inflammatory condition affects the digestive system and was misrepresented in the series, causing distress to patients and their families.

The controversial episode featured a patient being berated for having the hereditary ailment, which ultimately led him to take his own life. The storyline had real-life consequences, with many Crohn's disease patients experiencing severe bullying in school following the episode's release.

"We failed to carefully provide an explanation for what Crohn's disease is all about," the production team admitted. They pledged to be more cautious in the future to avoid causing discomfort to viewers. The team also apologized for the show's portrayal of patients' pain and depression, which contributed to negative perceptions.

Despite the controversy, "Doctor Cha" has achieved remarkable success, with an average rating of 16.2% ahead of the second half of its broadcast. This makes it the fifth-highest-rated show in JTBC history, on par with popular dramas such as "Reborn Rich," "Itaewon Class," "The World of the Married," and "SKY Castle."

The series has also made its mark on Netflix, entering the Top 10 Dramas chart for non-English television in over 17 countries, including Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. As the drama continues to unfold, it is expected to maintain its position on the Netflix chart.

"Doctor Cha" stars Uhm Jung Hwa as a former homemaker who becomes a first-year resident after 20 years away from practicing medicine. The production team guarantees an improved viewing experience for the second half of the series, aiming to address the recent issues and deliver a high-quality drama.

"Doctor Cha" airs every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 p.m. KST on JTBC and is available on Netflix with English subtitles.