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Esbriet® (pirfenidone) Benefit Granted by German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)
Date:3/15/2012

ed to inform G-BA in making its decision, including patients, physicians, the pharmaceutical association and the German pulmonology society.  We believe their comments were constructive in helping G-BA to arrive at today's final and positive assessment, and we thank them for their contributions on behalf of IPF patients."

InterMune's next step is to enter price negotiations with the Statutory Health Insurance, the umbrella organization which represents Germany's sickness funds.  Sickness funds are the health insurance providers that reimburse the cost of pharmaceutical products in Germany.

Under Germany's AMNOG law, the price charged by a manufacturer for a new pharmaceutical product is reviewed during the 12 months following the medicine's launch.  The current price for Esbriet in Germany will remain in effect until the pricing review is completed, which is expected by September 15, 2012.

Esbriet® (pirfenidone) Demonstrates Benefit for Patients

In its written and oral comments to G-BA during the review process, InterMune noted that pirfenidone slows both disease progression and the decline of physical performance.  Compared to placebo, the results of a pooled analysis of pivotal trials showed that pirfenidone achieved a 31% relative reduction in the decrease in walking distance from the 6-minute walk test (6MWT) (p<0.001).  In addition, a pooled analysis showed that pirfenidone significantly reduced the relative decrease in percent predicted forced vital capacity (FVC) by approximately 23%, compared to placebo (p=0.005).  Considering the poor prognosis of IPF, the reversible side effects of pirfenidone are viewed as acceptable. 

Conference Call and Webcast Details

InterMune will host a live webcast of a conference call today at 4:00 p.m. EDT to discuss the G-BA's final assessment of Esbriet's additional benefit.  Interested investors and others may pa
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