Author Archives: Magdalena Kegel

Measures of IPF Therapy Effectiveness Should Include Patients’ Views of Success, Researchers Argue

Clinical trials of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) therapies should include measures that reflect patients’ views of the success of treatments, Columbia University Medical Center researchers contend. In particular, the trials should add reduction in respiratory-related hospitalizations to their measurement tool kit, the team said. Patients’ views of treatment success could influence…

European Commission Approves New Esbriet Tablet for IPF Treatment

The European Commission (EC) recently approved a new formulation of Esbriet (pirfenidone) tablets for the treatment of mild to moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). According to Roche, Esbriet’s developer, the new tablet formulation will reduce the number of pills patients need to take throughout the day, offering patients an easier…

Esbriet Lowers Risk of Respiratory Hospitalizations Among IPF Patients by Nearly Half, Study Finds

Besides its other benefits, Esbriet (pirfenidone) prevents respiratory-related hospitalizations in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a study examining data from more than 1,200 patients. Findings also showed that hospitalized patients who took Esbriet were less likely to die after one year. This effect decreased over time, though researchers…