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InterMune Announces Launch of Esbriet® (pirfenidone) in Germany
Date:9/12/2011

D# 98768414.  A replay of the webcast and teleconference will be available on the company's website approximately three hours after the call.

To access the live webcast of the conference call, please log on to the company's website at www.intermune.com at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure adequate time for any software downloads that may be required.

A telephonic replay will be available for 10 business days following the call and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (international), and entering the conference ID# 98768414.  

About Esbriet® (pirfenidone)

Esbriet (pirfenidone) is an orally active drug that inhibits the synthesis of TGF-beta, a chemical mediator that controls many cell functions including proliferation and differentiation, and plays a key role in fibrosis.  It also inhibits the synthesis of TNF-alpha, a cytokine that is known to have an active role in inflammation.  

On February 28, 2011, the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization for Esbriet for the treatment of adults with mild to moderate IPF.  The approval authorizes marketing of Esbriet in all 27 EU member states.  Esbriet has since been approved for marketing in Norway and Iceland.  It will soon be available in Germany on September 15, 2011 and is scheduled to be available in France, Italy and Spain during the first half of 2012, and in the United Kingdom during the third quarter of 2012.

Since 2008, Esbriet has been marketed in Japan as Pirespa® by Shionogi & Co. Ltd.  

InterMune is currently enrolling patients in a multinational Phase 3 clinical trial of pirfenidone in IPF (ASCEND), the results of which will supplement the existing Phase 3 clinical study data from InterMune's CAPACITY clinical trials to support the potential registration of pirfenidone to trea
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