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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Responds to News of Further Review of Pirfenidone By FDA
Date:5/4/2010

Decision Marks Delay in Potential First Treatment for Deadly Disease

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF), representing tens of thousands of patients, is responding to the news that the FDA chose to ask for further study of Pirfenidone, which will delay potential approval of the first drug in the treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), a lethal lung disease that is irreversible, progressive and deadly in an average of three years.  On March 9, 2010, an FDA Advisory Committee recommended approval of the drug by the FDA. 

"This news is disappointing for the Pulmonary Fibrosis patient community," said Mishka Michon, CEO of the CPF.  "Although the drug is not seen as a cure, it offers the first-ever option for treatment and some hope for these dying patients.  This is a setback for those patients who are anxious to gain access to this treatment now. We look forward to results of further review of the drug by the FDA.  We are hopeful that more attention to the disease will come and much will be learned that will encourage even more companies to research PF.  The need is profound and urgent."

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease that causes scarring in the lungs and renders them unable to exchange life sustaining blood oxygen. The disease strikes randomly, putting everyone at risk, and the causes of PF are largely unknown.

Important Facts about Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF):

  • 40,000 people will die from PF this year, the same number that is claimed by breast cancer.
  • Very few Americans have heard of P
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