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Positive Data From Lung Study May Lead to First FDA Approved Treatment for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Date:2/4/2009

CPF Calls on Manufacturer and FDA to Expedite Review of Pirfenidone as Treatment for PF

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is calling this a historic time in the research and treatment of PF, as a pivotal Phase III clinical trial is completed for Pirfenidone and data released. The positive data could pave the way for the first FDA-approved therapy to treat PF - a relentlessly progressive and ultimately fatal lung disease affecting more than 128,000 people and claiming 40,000 lives each year. The CPF urges the FDA to review this study as soon as possible, given that there are no current FDA-approved treatments for PF.

"For patients living with a lethal and ultimately fatal disease, these data indicate that Pirfenidone may allow them breathe better, walk further, and live longer," said CPF Founder and Chief Operating Officer Mark Shreve. "If approved, Pirfenidone would represent a historic and desperately needed advance in the treatment of PF."

This milestone in research for PF treatments takes on particular meaning for the CPF which has long advocated on behalf of researchers and patients for accelerated research to treat and cure PF, both by the pharmaceutical industry and research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CPF has also directly funded emerging research at several of the nation's leading centers for the treatment and study of PF including The University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and directed more than $400,000 in combined research funding since 2006 through its partnership with the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Complete details on CPF activities, including research, are available on our web page at: http://www.coalitionforpf.org/cpf_accomplishments.
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