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NICE Agrees to Allow Ofev Therapy for Non-IPF Patients in UK

Clinicians in the U.K. will now be able to prescribe the antifibrotic medicine Ofev (nintedanib) to people with non-idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (PF) under a new decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). That decision came following a five-year campaign led by the U.K. charity…

Global Genes, Diversity Coalition Team Up to Advance Health Equity

Global Genes has partnered with the Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) to advance health equity for rare disease patients and caregivers in underrepresented communities of color. “For rare disease patients, there are many challenges — and for people of color with a rare disease, these challenges are compounded…

Phase 1 Trial of Cudetaxestat as IPF Combo in Healthy Adults Opens

A Phase 1 trial assessing how cudetaxestat, an investigational treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), interacts with two approved IPF treatments, Ofev (nintedanib) and Esbriet (pirfenidone), is now enrolling healthy volunteers, Blade Therapeutics, the therapy’s developer, announced. The trial (NCT04939467) is aiming to enroll 86 healthy adults, ages 18 to 55.

FSU Researcher Awarded $1.8M by NIH to Investigate Fibrotic Process

Research examining the role that protein-RNA interactions play in promoting pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and other related conditions is being accelerated by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding, granted to Robert Silvers, PhD, a Florida State University (FSU) assistant professor of chemistry and…

Rare Disease Diversity Coalition Awards $600K to Combat Disparities

The Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) awarded $600,000 in grants to ease the disparities faced by rare disease patients of color. These Impact Rare Disease Solution grants will go five RDDC steering committee working groups, which aim to identify problems for rare disease communities and advocate for solutions. The five…

RXC007 for IPF Showing Favorable Safety in Ongoing Phase 1 Trial

RXC007, an investigational oral therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), is showing favorable safety and pharmacological properties in an ongoing Phase 1 trial in healthy volunteers. The experimental therapy being developed by Redx Pharma works by blocking the activity of ROCK2, a protein involved in a signaling cascade that…

N115 Nasal Spray Found to Improve Lung Function in PF Patients

Treatment with N115, EmphyCorp’s non-steroidal nasal spray, led to statistically and clinically significant improvements across all lung function parameters in patients with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) participating in a Phase 3 trial, data show. Now, data from two other Phase 3 clinical trials suggest that N115 also may be…