February 27, 2015

The COPD Foundation would like to offer its condolences to the family of Mr. Leonard Nimoy who passed away today at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Mr. Nimoy played the beloved role of Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid 1960s.  Mr. Nimoy would later appear in 2009 and 2013 films directed by J.J. Abrams. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, director and writer, Mr. Nimoy used his unique voice for many movie animations and television programs.  

February 25, 2015

The COPD Foundation has teamed up with Medscape Education (medscape.org) an educational site that provides courses for continuous professional development for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. COPD Management: What Do the Latest Guidelines Say?” is aimed towards pulmonologists and other clinicians who treat patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The course is open to physicians for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and valid for credit through November 2015.

February 23, 2015

What is 21st Century Cures?

Beginning in April 2014 the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee (E & C Committee) took a comprehensive look at how our nation develops cures—from discover to development to delivery.  The COPD Foundation was a key part of this process participating in committee meetings, providing testimony, and ensuring COPD patient voices in roundtable discussions across the country.  After a year of discussions the both Republicans and Democrats on the E & C Committee have agreed to take “bold action to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of promising new treatments and cures for patients and to maintain our nation’s standing as the biomedical innovation capital of the world.”

 

January 28, 2015

GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) has announced the availability of two of its recently approved products for the treatment of asthma and COPD to retail pharmacies in the United States.

January 23, 2015
While the long-term health outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has improved compared to ten years ago, patients still face significant challenges complying with their medication regimens and, in some countries, accessing preferred treatments, which could result in sub-optimal management, according to the recent survey published in the International Journal of COPD.
January 22, 2015
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray is now available by prescription through retail pharmacies across the United States.
January 19, 2015
All the men in matching blue sweatpants, gag gifts, an LAPD helicopter flying overhead, and Johnny Crawford’s Big Band performing live, were just a few of the highlights of legendary singer, Phil Everly’s surprise 60th birthday party in 1999. On Jan 19th, 2015, Phil Everly, who lost his life to COPD, would have turned 76.  “He was just so happy,” recalls Patti Everly, his wife. "He turned to everyone and said," Now, I have to marry her,” and we got marri...
January 07, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control today reported that close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who live with asthma or COPD still continue to smoke. The information follows a recent CDC report which found that 15 percent of Americans between 40 and 79 years of age suffer from an obstruction of the lungs, such as COPD. The study concluded that 46 percent of adults between the ages of 40 and 79 with COPD currently smoked, with the statistic rising to 55 percent of individuals with “moderate or worse” levels of the disease. Moreover, researchers found that rates of smoking for individuals with COPD and similar diseases more than doubled that of people who do not live with such illnesses.

December 23, 2014

The COPD Foundation and Alpha-1 Foundation joined the Medicare Access of Patients Rx (MAPRx) Coalition in co-signing a letter that urged leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce to support Part D drug benefits in its 21st Century Cures initiative.

December 22, 2014

The 2013 “COPD Together” campaign was recently recognized by the 2014 Best in BizAwards as the “PR Campaign of the Year” Silver winner. More than 550 award nominations were submitted for excellence in a variety of categories, including: company, executive, team, product and PR and media. The “PR Campaign of the Year” award identified the most effective and engaging public and private initiatives.

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