Author Archives: Magdalena Kegel

United Therapeutics and Corsair to Work Together on Skin Patch to Deliver Pulmonary Hypertension Therapy

United Therapeutics and Corsair Pharma are teaming up to advance Corsair’s development of a blood-vessel-widening skin patch for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. The patch will contain treprostinil, which is already available in other forms. Both companies have been working on ways to improve the administration of the compound. United developed a…

High Costs, Poor Survival in Scleroderma Patients with PAH Point to Need for Better Treatments, Study Argues

Scleroderma patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have significantly higher healthcare costs than those without PAH, a Colorado study shows. The researchers said scleroderma patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) also face higher costs. Both lung conditions are associated with poorer scleroderma patient survival, demonstrating the  need for…

INOpulse as Potential PH Treatment Advancing in Studies, Bellerophon Says

Development work on INOpulse as a treatment for pulmonary hypertension is advancing in all three patient groups, Bellerophon Therapeutics announced when sharing its third quarter financial results. Bellerophon is developing INOpulse — inhaled nitric oxide delivered with the help of a portable device — for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension…

Diethylcarbamazine, an Anti-parasitic Therapy, Prevents PH in Mice, Brazilian Study Finds

Diethylcarbamazine, a compound used to fight a tropical parasitic disease, might effectively treat pulmonary hypertension (PH), a Brazilian research team concluded after observing the drug’s effect on mice. Their study, “Diethylcarbamazine: A potential treatment drug for pulmonary hypertension?” appeared in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. It found that diethylcarbamazine affected disease processes…

Estrogen Reversed PH in Rat Study, Offering Clues to Disease Mechanisms

The female sex hormone estrogen may prevent disease progression of pulmonary hypertension — at least if results in rats can be translated to human patients. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed that estrogen reversed progression from pulmonary hypertension (PH) to right heart failure, and restored lung…

Arena to Present New Information on Its Pulmonary Hypertension Therapy Ralinepag in Barcelona

Arena Pharmaceuticals will present new information in Barcelona this weekend on its pulmonary hypertension therapy ralinepag, which a clinical trial showed improved patients’ heart blood vessel resistance and exercise capacity. The two presentations at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, Aug. 26-30, will focus on the results of preclinical-trial studies in rats and…