Author Archives: Margarida Azevedo, MSc

Immunosuppressives Seen to Aid SSc-PAH Patient with Rare Antibody

A 62-year-old with systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH) was successfully treated with immunosuppressants and vasodilators, a case study reports. The unusual antibody linked to her disease, called the anticentriole antibody, may also serve as a marker for the use of immunosuppressives in SSc-PAH patients with this antibody. The…

Mast Therapeutics Announces Positive Interim Results from Phase 2 Trial in Select PH Patients

Mast Therapeutics Inc. announced positive interim results from an ongoing Phase 2a clinical study of its investigational drug AIR001 for the treatment of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) associated with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Results were presented by the trial’s lead investigator, Marc A. Simon, MD, MS, FACC, in a…

Bayer to Terminate Phase 2 Trial of Riociguat for PH-Associated Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias

Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced it is terminating a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of riociguat in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) associated with idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. The decision was based on a recommendation from the trial’s Data Monitoring Committee (DMC), and enrolled patients will be monitored closely after treatment cessation, and…

Insmed to Present Latest Data on PAH and Other Potential Pulmonary Treatments at ATS 2016

Insmed, Inc., recently announced that three abstracts related to Arikayce, its drug candidate to treat nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease, and one related to its treprostinil prodrug, will be presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2016 International Conference taking place in San Francisco on May 13–18. The presentations will cover clinical trial findings…

‘PH Care for All’ Campaign Targets Poor and Minorities in U.S. Whose Pulmonary Hypertension Often Goes Untreated

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) announced the launch of “PH Care for All,” an initiative to address disparities in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH) among minorities and low-income patients in the United States, and led by 26 highly regarded PH specialists. “With fourteen treatments — which is as many or more…

Praxair’s Inhaled Nitric Oxide Therapy for Newborns with Pulmonary Hypertension Approved in Canada

Praxair, Inc., announced that it has received approval, through a subsidiary, for the sale of its Noxivent brand of inhaled nitric oxide in Canada. Noxivent is indicated for the treatment of newborns, including some born prematurely, suffering respiratory failure associated with clinical or echocardiographic evidence of pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH in neonates can…

Actelion’s Uptravi (selexipag) Approved for PAH Patients in Australia and New Zealand

Actelion has announced that its orally active pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) drug, Uptravi (selexipag), has been approved for the treatment of PAH patients by both the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia and the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority. The drug was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Hemodynamic Exercise Response of PH Patients Seen to Predict Transplant-free Survival Chances

Pulmonary hemodynamic response to exercise can predict the transplant-free survival chances of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), according to researchers at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, studying the mean pulmonary arterial pressure to cardiac output (mPAP/CO) relationship during exercise in these patients. The research, titled “Pressure-flow during…