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2014 Canadian Prix Galien for Innovative Product Award presented to Esbriet (pirfenidone)

2014 Canadian Prix Galien for Innovative Product Award presented to Esbriet (pirfenidone)

This year's prestigious Canadian Prix Galien for Innovative Product Award has been presented to Esbriet (pirfenidone), a medicine used to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). It is the only medication approved in Canada with a specific IPF indication and is approved for mild to moderate IPF in adults. [More]
Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

You're looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. [More]
FDA grants orphan-drug designation to Genoa's pirfenidone for treatment of IPF disease

FDA grants orphan-drug designation to Genoa's pirfenidone for treatment of IPF disease

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan-drug designation to Genoa for the use of pirfenidone in their lead program - inhaled GP-101 for the treatment of IPF. [More]
Researchers identify drugs to slow progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Researchers identify drugs to slow progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Researchers in separate clinical trials found two drugs slow the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease with no effective treatment or cure, and for which there is currently no therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration. [More]
First Edition: May 19, 2014

First Edition: May 19, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about federal health care subsidies and an update on states small business health exchanges. [More]

PFF Patient Communication Center: The destination for latest disease education information

The newly launched Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Patient Communication Center (PCC) has become the destination for the most up-to-date information for the pulmonary fibrosis community. The PCC now has information about the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for pirfenidone. [More]
Genoa Pharmaceuticals, McMaster University report additional benefits of GP-101 for IPF patients

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, McMaster University report additional benefits of GP-101 for IPF patients

Genoa Pharmaceuticals, the leader in inhaled medicines for pulmonary fibrosis, and collaborators Drs. Martin Kolb and Kjetil Ask at McMaster University announced today additional measured advantages of inhaled GP-101 (aerosol pirfenidone) in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
IPF World Week underlines the need for integrated approach towards idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

IPF World Week underlines the need for integrated approach towards idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

This year's IPF World Week (September 21-29) sees healthcare professionals, patient advocacy groups, people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), who have an estimated median survival time of two to five years, and their families calling for an integrated approach to further strengthen the national and international network of people working to support patients with this fatal orphan lung disease. [More]
AIFA approves pricing and reimbursement conditions for InterMune's Esbriet

AIFA approves pricing and reimbursement conditions for InterMune's Esbriet

InterMune, Inc. today announced that the Board of the Italian Drug Agency has approved the pricing and reimbursement conditions for Esbriet (pirfenidone), and that the agreement has been published in the Official Gazette, the official journal of the government of Italy. [More]
InterMune receives Health Canada approval for Esbriet to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

InterMune receives Health Canada approval for Esbriet to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

InterMune, Inc. today announced that Health Canada has approved Esbriet (pirfenidone) for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in adult patients. [More]

New analyses from Esbriet RECAP study in IPF patients presented at ERS 2012

InterMune, Inc. announced that new analyses of data from the RECAP extension study of Esbriet (pirfenidone) were presented today at the 2012 Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in Vienna, Austria by Dr. Ulrich Costabel of the Ruhrlandklinik, Essen, Germany. [More]
InterMune reaches definitive agreement with Vidara to sell Actimmune

InterMune reaches definitive agreement with Vidara to sell Actimmune

InterMune, Inc. today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Vidara Therapeutics International Limited (Vidara) to sell its rights to Actimmune (interferon gamma-1b) in a cash transaction valued at $55 million plus a two-year royalty stream. [More]
IQWiG examines added benefit of pirfenidone for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

IQWiG examines added benefit of pirfenidone for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Pirfenidone inhibits the development of inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) in pulmonary tissue and has been approved for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) since the beginning of 2011. [More]

IQWiG publishes report on Esbriet benefit assessment for treatment of IPF

InterMune, Inc. today reported that the private Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has today published its report on the benefit assessment of Esbriet (pirfenidone) for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. [More]
InterMune reports new data from Esbriet clinical trial on IPF

InterMune reports new data from Esbriet clinical trial on IPF

InterMune, Inc. today reported that new data was presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress supporting the longer-term safety and tolerability of Esbriet(pirfenidone) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a devastating lung disease. [More]

InterMune to launch Esbriet for German patients with IPF

InterMune, Inc. today announced that Esbriet will be offered to patients in Germany beginning September 15, 2011. This will mark the first time Esbriet will be commercially available in Europe since it was approved by the European Commission in adults for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a devastating and fatal lung disease. [More]
Enrollment commences in InterMune's Esbriet Phase 3 study for IPF

Enrollment commences in InterMune's Esbriet Phase 3 study for IPF

InterMune today announced that patient enrollment has begun in ASCEND, a new Phase 3 study of pirfenidone for patients who suffer from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. [More]
Positive pirfenidone data in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to be presented at ATS conference

Positive pirfenidone data in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to be presented at ATS conference

InterMune, Inc. today announced that an oral presentation and a poster presentation related to the company's development program for pirfenidone in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis will be presented at the 2011 International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, being held in Denver May 13-18, 2011. [More]
The Lancet publishes two pirfenidone Phase 3 trial results in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

The Lancet publishes two pirfenidone Phase 3 trial results in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

InterMune, Inc. today announced the publication of results from two Phase 3 trials demonstrating that treatment with pirfenidone, a novel antifibrotic and anti-inflammatory drug, was associated with favorable effects on lung function, 6-minute walk test distance and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
JASN publishes positive results from pirfenidone study in diabetic nephropathy

JASN publishes positive results from pirfenidone study in diabetic nephropathy

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic have published promising results of a clinical study using an experimental anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory drug called pirfenidone to treat patients with diabetic nephropathy. Their study will be published in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]