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Pulmonary fibrosi is a condition in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. The development of the scarred tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes thicker, your lungs lose their ability to move oxygen into your bloodstream. As a result, your brain and other organs don't get the oxygen they need.

In some cases, doctors can find out what's causing the fibrosis. But in most cases, they can't find a cause. They call these cases idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF is a serious condition. About 200,000 Americans have it. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. IPF mostly affects people who are 50 to 75 years of age. IPF varies from person to person. In some people, the lung tissue quickly becomes thick and stiff. In others, the process is much slower. In some people, the condition stays the same for years. IPF has no cure yet. Many people live only about 3 to 5 years after diagnosis. The most common cause of death related to IPF is respiratory failure.
Enrollment complete in Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib phase III studies for IPF

Enrollment complete in Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib phase III studies for IPF

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that clinical trial enrollment has completed for two phase III studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of nintedanib (BIBF 1120), an investigational compound, in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), being studied at a twice-daily oral dose. [More]

Boehringer Ingelheim completes enrollment in nintedanib Phase III trials for IPF

Boehringer Ingelheim is pleased to announce the last patients have been randomised into the Phase III sister trials assessing the efficacy and safety of nintedanib (150 mg twice daily) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
Thalidomide effective in treating disabling cough among people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Thalidomide effective in treating disabling cough among people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

In the first clinical trial to demonstrate an effective treatment for constant, disabling cough among people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that taking thalidomide significantly reduced the cough and improved quality of life. [More]
CPF to kick off 'Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month'

CPF to kick off 'Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month'

Each year around the world, as many as 48,000 people are diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and 40,000 people die – the same number of people who are lost to breast cancer annually. Pulmonary fibrosis is a devastating disease that robs people of their ability to breathe. To help raise awareness about this unknown deadly disease, the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is kicking off "Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month" this September. [More]
New analyses from Esbriet RECAP study in IPF patients presented at ERS 2012

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]
Boehringer Ingelheim announces data from olodaterol plus tiotropium Phase II COPD study

Boehringer Ingelheim announces data from olodaterol plus tiotropium Phase II COPD study

Boehringer Ingelheim presented today for the first time data from a Phase II dose ranging study investigationg the combination of olodaterol, an investigational long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA), and tiotropium, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), in COPD patients, compared to the investigational agent olodaterol alone. [More]
First data from Boehringer Ingelheim’s Respimat Phase III asthma program

First data from Boehringer Ingelheim’s Respimat Phase III asthma program

Boehringer Ingelheim presented today the first data from the Phase III UniTinA-asthma program. In two studies, presented at the 2012 European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress in Vienna, Austria, tiotropium delivered once daily via the Respimat inhaler significantly improved lung function and reduced asthma exacerbations in patients who remained symptomatic on current treatment with at least high dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting beta agonists (LABA). [More]
FibroGen receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation for FG-3019 to treat IPF

FibroGen receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation for FG-3019 to treat IPF

FibroGen, Inc., today announced that FG-3019, the Company's human monoclonal antibody against connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
Results from Boehringer Ingelheim’s Respimat Phase II study on moderate, persistent asthma

Results from Boehringer Ingelheim’s Respimat Phase II study on moderate, persistent asthma

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today results from a Phase II study evaluating the investigational compound tiotropium delivered once-daily via the Respimat Inhaler in adolescents with symptomatic, moderate persistent asthma. [More]
UAB creates Program in Environmental and Translational Medicine

UAB creates Program in Environmental and Translational Medicine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has created a Program in Environmental and Translational Medicine, a multi-faceted approach to dealing with health issues tied to environmental origins. [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]
Osteopenia/osteoporosis more prevalent among male patients with pulmonary disease

Osteopenia/osteoporosis more prevalent among male patients with pulmonary disease

There is a very high prevalence of osteopenia/osteoporosis among male patients with pulmonary disease, according to a new study from researchers in California. [More]

Three-drug combo harmful for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

A combination of three drugs used worldwide as the standard of care for a serious lung disease puts patients in danger of death or hospitalization, and should not be used together to treat the disease, called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to the surprising results of a rigorous independent study. [More]
Biogen Idec first quarter revenues increase 7% to $1.3 billion

Biogen Idec first quarter revenues increase 7% to $1.3 billion

Biogen Idec Inc., a global biotechnology leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies, today announced its first quarter 2012 results. [More]
CPF proclaims September as 'Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month'

CPF proclaims September as 'Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month'

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) announced today the month of September 2012 will be proclaimed "Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month." In previous years, the CPF has celebrated "National Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week" for one week each September, but expanding the time frame to a month will help achieve greater national awareness and fundraising in the race to find treatment and a cure. [More]
Experts highlight latest advances in use of biomarkers in various diseases

Experts highlight latest advances in use of biomarkers in various diseases

Over the last few decades there has been an explosion in the discovery of biomarkers for diagnosis, disease monitoring, and prognostic evaluation. In the April issue of Translational Research, entitled "Biomarkers: New Tools of Modern Medicine," an international group of medical experts explores the promise and challenges of biomarker discovery and highlights the latest advances in the use of biomarkers in various diseases. [More]

Inhaled interferon-gamma may effectively treat IPF

Inhaled interferon-gamma may be an effective treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a chronic and progressive form of lung disease caused by excessive formation of fibrotic, or scar tissue, in the lungs, according to an article published in Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. [More]
DTMI, Bristol-Myers Squibb partner to broaden interactions

DTMI, Bristol-Myers Squibb partner to broaden interactions

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) today announced the formation of a strategic relationship to broaden interactions between the two organizations. [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]