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InterMune to Participate in Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting on March 9, 2010
Date:2/1/2010

BRISBANE, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC) is scheduled to discuss the company's New Drug Application (NDA) for pirfenidone on March 9, 2010.  Pirfenidone is InterMune's investigational drug candidate for the treatment of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).  

"There is an urgent unmet need for approved medicines for patients with IPF, a uniformly fatal disease that affects approximately 100,000 Americans, with more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed annually," said Dan Welch, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of InterMune. "Despite the chronic, fatal nature of this disease, which has a higher mortality rate than that of colorectal cancer, breast cancer or prostate cancer, there are currently no approved medicines to treat IPF.  We are looking forward to discussing with the Committee the data supporting the safety and efficacy of pirfenidone in IPF patients."

InterMune announced on January 4, 2010 that the FDA granted Priority Review designation for its NDA for pirfenidone for the treatment of IPF.  Priority Review designation may be granted by the FDA to an NDA for drugs that have the potential to offer major advances in treatment, or provide a treatment where no adequate therapy exists.  Based on the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the FDA has set an action date for the NDA of May 4, 2010.

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