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COPD Foundation To Host Facebook Event About Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) Lung Disease

February 25, 2019   |   
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NTM lung disease is a serious, often misdiagnosed condition that can cause severe, even permanent damage to the lungs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 25, 2019 - In recognition of Rare Disease Day, the COPD Foundation will host a Facebook discussion about nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. ET. The event aims to raise awareness about this serious and often overlooked condition.

Entitled “Constant Cough, Fatigue & Shortness of Breath? Expert Reveals NTM Lung Disease as a Potential Cause,” this event will feature Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, pulmonologist and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health, and a patient living with NTM lung disease. Together they will discuss the signs, symptoms and risk factors of NTM lung disease and how to get tested. They will also explore the impact NTM lung disease has on a person’s daily life.

NTM lung disease is a serious condition characterized by constant coughing, feeling tired and being short of breath. If ignored, these symptoms can worsen and permanent damage to the lungs can occur. While we all come into contact with NTM bacteria in our daily lives, NTM lung disease disproportionally affects people with pre-existing lung conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis and asthma. NTM lung disease is often misdiagnosed or overlooked because the symptoms of NTM lung disease are very similar to the symptoms experienced by people with these other lung conditions.

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Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Causes Significant Burden for Vulnerable COPD Population

February 05, 2019   |   
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Study shows individuals with COPD-CAP often require weeks to recover, resulting in missed work and participation in usual activities.

Washington, DC – February 4, 2019 – According to a new study posted online in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation and conducted by the COPD Foundation in collaboration with and funded by Pfizer Inc., community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), which carries a high morbidity and economic burden worldwide, is even more physically and economically devastating to the vulnerable population of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). CAP is a common but serious lung infection that can be caused by bacterial or viral pathogens including Streptococcus pneumoniae, influenza or rhinovirus.

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COPD Foundation Examines the Burden of COPD in the United States in Landmark Effort

November 30, 2018   |   
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COPD across America – How is your state is doing?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 30, 2018 – The COPD Foundation is pleased to announce the results of a landmark effort that examines the burden of COPD across America. The “COPD in the United States” project looks at COPD at the state level, identifying differences across states, regions and data points, to inform public health and policy decision-making.

COPD affects an estimated 30 million Americans but, up until now, little has been known about how one state compares to another. With the addition in 2011 of a COPD question to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the nation’s largest public health survey, more actionable information has been collected. State level data also exists to highlight the healthcare services individuals with COPD use, other conditions people with COPD may have and how different groups of people with COPD are affected.

Just collecting data isn’t enough, though, as it often sits in fragmented databases, is not analyzed or available for advocates, public health and policy decision-makers. With this project, the COPD Foundation aims to change that.

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Theravance Biopharma and Mylan Receive FDA Approval for YUPELRI™ (revefenacin) in Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

November 20, 2018   |   
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YUPELRI (revefenacin) is the first and only once-daily, nebulized bronchodilator approved for the treatment of COPD in the US

DUBLIN, Ireland, HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) ("Theravance Biopharma") and Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) ("Mylan") today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for YUPELRITM (revefenacin) inhalation solution for the maintenance treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). YUPELRI, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), is the first and only once-daily, nebulized bronchodilator approved for the treatment of COPD in the US. The companies expect YUPELRI to be available to COPD patients in the US before the end of the year. COPD is the third leading cause of death and the fourth leading cause of hospital readmissions in the US, affecting approximately 16 million Americans.

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Patient and Physician Groups: Oxygen Patient Needs Not Addressed in CMS's Final Rule

November 09, 2018   |   
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(November 2, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C.

A group of patient and physician groups react to the final rule on Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and its application to supplemental oxygen:

While our organizations appreciate that members of Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize the numerous problems associated with patient access to oxygen in general and liquid oxygen systems, we believe that CMS’s decision today will not ultimately solve the problems facing patients who require supplemental oxygen. More link to

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COPD Foundation Launches New App to Improve Quality of Care For COPD Patients

November 05, 2018   |   
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COPD Pocket Consultant Guide App now available for both iOS and Android

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 5, 2018 –The COPD Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG) app for healthcare providers. The app, designed to support the treatment and management of COPD, is now available for both iOS and Android. To download the new COPD PCG app, click here.

Key features of the COPD PCG app include an updated therapy chart including the latest medications for COPD, inhaler instruction videos, depression and anxiety screeners, links to COPD Foundation resources and more.

Additional features, such as the Fletcher-Peto Impact of Smoking graph and lung volume reduction options, are included in the app as well as links to PRAXIS (the COPD Foundation’s online hub for healthcare providers), the Journal of the COPD Foundation and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s COPD National Action Plan.

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COPD Foundation Promotes Hope & Inspiration for National COPD Awareness Month This November

November 01, 2018   |   
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 1, 2018 - The COPD Foundation is excited to celebrate COPD Awareness Month, an internationally recognized event held annually in November to enhance awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The COPD Foundation’s theme this year is “Hope and Inspiration,” which highlights the organization’s efforts to connect with COPD patients and remind them that COPD does not define them. It also aims to raise public awareness about the disease and showcase the many tools available to patients on their journey while encouraging them and their loved ones to take control of their COPD by learning more about their disease.

A number of activities have been designed to recognize patients, caregivers, friends, family members and healthcare providers impacted by COPD. These include:

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Insmed Announces FDA Approval of ARIKAYCE®

September 30, 2018   |   
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Insmed Announces FDA Approval of ARIKAYCE® (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension), the First and Only Therapy Specifically Indicated for the Treatment of Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) Lung Disease in Adult Patients with Limited or No Alternative Treatment Options

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insmed Incorporated (Nasdaq:INSM), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the unmet needs of patients with rare diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval of ARIKAYCE® (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension) for the treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease as part of a combination antibacterial drug regimen for adult patients who have limited or no alternative treatment options. ARIKAYCE is the first and only therapy approved in the U.S. specifically for patients with MAC lung disease, a chronic and debilitating condition that can significantly increase patient morbidity and mortality.

ARIKAYCE is the first product approved via the Limited Population Pathway for Antibacterial and Antifungal Drugs (LPAD). LPAD, which was enacted as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, serves to advance the development of new antibacterial drugs to treat serious or life-threatening infections in limited populations of patients with unmet needs.

“Today’s approval is a momentous occasion for all of us living with and advocating for people with MAC lung disease,” said Philip Leitman, President of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Info & Research (NTMir). “ARIKAYCE provides a much-needed treatment for patients with this chronic and life-threatening disease who have not responded to the current standard of care. Many of these patients have been suffering for years and face significant challenges in their day-to-day lives, and we are excited to finally have an approved treatment for them.”

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COPD Foundation Announces Board of Directors Changes

September 07, 2018   |   
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COPD Foundation Announces Board of Directors Changes
Appointments Reflect Continued Focus on Advancing Thought Leadership in Respiratory Diseases

Washington, DC– September 7, 2018 – The COPD Foundation today announced the appointment of Byron M. Thomashow, MD, to the newly created position of chief medical officer. In addition to helping found the COPD Foundation, Dr. Thomashow, served as the chairman of the board since 2004. Michael P. Mayer, who recently served as the chairman of the human resources and finance committees for the COPD Foundation Board, has been appointed the Foundation’s newest chair.

Dr. Thomashow is a Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, an Attending Physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Medical Director of the Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease on the Columbia campus. He was a member of the steering committee and the co-primary investigator at the Columbia site for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial and has been and remains actively involved in multiple national clinical research projects.

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FDA Approves Zephyr Endobronchial Valve For Treating Severe Emphysema

June 29, 2018   |   
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 29, 2018 – Pulmonx® Corp. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve System for treating severe emphysema patients. The Zephyr Valve is the first minimally-invasive device approved in the United States for treating patients with severe emphysema, a progressive and life-threatening form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The approval is based on positive clinical data from the pivotal LIBERATE Study and two other multicenter randomized control trials. In the LIBERATE study, patients treated with Zephyr Valves were able to breathe easier, be more active and energetic, be less short of breath, and enjoy a significantly improved quality of life compared to patients who received medical management alone.

As stated in the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data, the FDA granted the Zephyr Valve an expedited review because it “represents a breakthrough technology as the device offers bronchoscopic lung volume reduction without surgery and its associated risks. This device offers significant clinically meaningful advantage over the current standard of care and therefore its availability is also in the best interest of patients.” “Zephyr Valves are a major step forward in treating severe emphysema patients who consistently feel short of breath despite all the medications we can offer. I have seen Zephyr Valve-treated patients getting back to a more active life doing the things they enjoy. As a physician, it is very gratifying to have a new treatment that can restore a patient’s confidence and change their life for the long term,” said Gerard Criner, MD, FACP, FACCP, Chair and Professor of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and lead investigator for the LIBERATE Study.

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Caregiver Action Network Honors Mental Health Awareness Month with Website for Families of Loved Ones with Mental Health Issues

May 23, 2018   |   
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 23, 2018 – Families of loved ones with mental illness are about to get more help thanks to Caregiver Action Network (CAN). Today Caregiver Action Network is launching a brand new website, Blueprint for Families of a Loved One with Mental Health Issues, to help families address some of the challenges they face when caring for a mentally ill family member.

“Mental illness affects the whole family,” said John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of CAN. “Family caregivers all face big challenges and mental illness adds an additional layer of complexity. Sometimes the patient may even refuse to have any family help at all, insisting that they can manage their illness on their own.”

Caregiver Action Network (CAN).Blueprint for Families of a Loved One with Mental Health Issues provides information specifically tailored to family caregivers of those affected by mental health issues through four resources:

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ProterixBio Presents Results from Multiple COPD Clinical Studies at the American Thoracic Society International Conference

May 23, 2018   |   
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BILLERICA, MA – May 22, 2018 – ProterixBio, Inc. today announced that results from three clinical studies of subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week.

One presentation, “Prospective Evaluation of Algorithms Based on Blood Biomarkers as Guides for COPD Assessment and Risk Stratification,” highlighted that blood biomarker based algorithms associate with propensity for future exacerbations, indicating that advanced molecular assessments may improve the characterization of a patient’s disease activity in advance of potentially avoidable events.

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