March 10, 2015

Since the implementation of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding program which first began implementation 2008 we have become aware of several serious instances where patients have suffered a disruption of service and access to care as it relates to durable medical equipment, particularly many patients who require supplemental being denied their accustomed and prescribed modalities of supplemental oxygen. The COPD Foundation has worked with the Medicare system and patients to ameliorate these problems and has supported policy changes to improve the Competitive Bidding Program.

March 04, 2015

Pfizer has collaborated with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to develop a medication synchronization program for patients who regularly refill more than one medication each month.  The Appointment-based Model (ABM), also called “med sync,” is currently available in more than 10,000 pharmacies and will help patients with chronic conditions to manage prescribed medication properly.

March 03, 2015

The COPD Foundation announced today a groundbreaking initiative to accelerate research and stimulate innovation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a spectrum of inflammatory lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema, with sponsorship from AstraZeneca.  Patients with COPD experience chronic respiratory symptoms such as difficulty breathing and coughing. The COPD360 program will enroll 125,000 patients to databases on an integrated research registry composed of the COPD Patient-Powered Research Network and physician registries. Once fully realized in the next three to five years, COPD360 will combine patient-reported outcomes, clinical data, electronic medical records and observational research into one of the largest COPD research networks ever assembled. Patients entered into the registry have agreed to share their health information and testimonies on how COPD has impacted their lives.

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...
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