Pulmonary Fibrosis News

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Enrolls 1st Person in PFF Patient Registry, a Research Tool

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) announced it has enrolled its first pulmonary fibrosis (PF) patient in the newly launched PFF Patient Registry, a collaborative effort involving patients, researchers, and healthcare providers that will gather data to advance PF research and improve patients’ quality of life. Enrollment takes place at participating PFF Care Center Network (CCN) sites across the…

Systemic Sclerosis and Lung Fibrosis Study of Nintedanib Enrolls First Patient

Boehringer Ingelheim recently announced the enrollment of the first patient in its global, double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled SENSCIS (Safety and Efficacy of Nintedanib in Systemic SClerosIS) Phase 3 clinical trial. The trial (NCT02597933) is now enrolling patients, and is evaluating the safety and the efficacy of nintedanib in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc)…

Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Patient Care Gets a Boost

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) have announced a five-year partnership in an effort to raise awareness for the disease and provide patients with disease education. Boehringer Ingelheim’s investment will also contribute to research funding of early diagnosis techniques and new therapies. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF),…

Vagus Nerve Found To Regulate Pulmonary Fibrosis Progression

In a new study entitled “Vagotomy attenuates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice,” researchers investigated the role of the vagus nerve in pulmonary fibrosis pathogenesis. They established a mouse model and discovered that the vagus nerve regulates pulmonary fibrosis progression by controlling pro-fibrotic factors. The study was published in…

Genentech’s ESBRIET Recommended in ATS Guidelines for IPF Treatment

Genentech recently announced in a statement that Esbriet (pirfenidone) has been recommended in the new American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) treatment guidelines. This recommendation, which is published as a resource for clinicians, is conditional and the ATS notes that healthcare providers should always discuss the pros…

MUSC and Bristol-Myers Squibb Partner for Fibrotic Disease Research

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the Medical University of South Carolina recently signed a translational research partnership that will focus on fibrotic diseases, such as scleroderma, renal fibrosis, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This collaboration will also cover studies developed to further explore the disease mechanism of fibrosis, patient segmentation, and their…

OFEV (nintedanib) Added To Updated International Treatment Guidelines for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

Revised international treatment guidelines for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) suggest use of OFEV (nintedanib), a proprietary drug from Ingelheim, Germany, based Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation for the treatment of the disease. This newly-added recommendation places high value on potential benefits of OFEV on patient-important outcomes such as slowing of disease…

Autoantibodies Targeted in New Strategy to Treat IPF

Novel research investigating the relationship between autoantibodies and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may allow new therapies to be developed based on current treatments for autoimmune diseases. The laboratory of Steve Duncan, MD, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine recently published a study…

HRCT Predicts Lung Function Decline in SSc Patients

Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) are at an increased risk for mortality due to concurrent pulmonary hypertension or interstitial lung disease. While pulmonary hypertension results in right-sided heart failure, interstitial lung disease results in extensive lung fibrosis. It may be possible to test for lung scarring using high resolution computed…