DRIVE4COPD to be Led by COPD Foundation

March 28, 2012   |   
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DRIVE4COPD, Country’s Largest Public Health Initiative Dedicated to Raising Awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),
to be led by COPD Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 28, 2012 – The successful national campaign to increase public awareness of COPD changed organizational leadership effective March 23, 2012.  Led since inception by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., a leader in developing medicines to treat COPD, the DRIVE4COPD campaign will now be led by the COPD Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education, early diagnosis, research and enhanced therapy for people with lives impacted by COPD.

“Although we have screened more than two million people for risk of COPD to date, there are still many more people to reach,” says Kathleen Dowd, vice president of respiratory marketing for BIPI. “That’s why we are pleased to announce that we are transitioning leadership of the DRIVE4COPD program to the COPD Foundation. This change will enable the Campaign to engage broader support and collaboration with more stakeholders."

Boehringer Ingelheim and the COPD Foundation have been working together, along with several other organizations interested in helping identify and improve the lives of people with COPD, since the program launched in 2010.

“We're honored that the campaign organizations, most especially Boehringer Ingelheim, felt that the COPD Foundation's established credibility and proven performance in implementing programs to support COPD education, awareness and research uniquely qualified us to lead DRIVE4COPD,” says John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “I view this as an incredible opportunity to vastly expand COPD awareness to identify the millions of Americans that remain undiagnosed and make certain that they have access to the support and education needed to improve their lives.”

Boehringer Ingelheim will continue as a founding sponsor and financial contributor to the DRIVE4COPD as the campaign shifts its focus to include not only screenings but also continued sharing of health-related information with those at risk.  Through continuing relationships with US businesses, the campaign hopes to increase awareness among employees, families and health care providers about COPD and its potential for prevention, early identification and treatment.

For more information about the COPD Foundation, please contact Dave Barringer, Executive Director, at 866-731-2673, ext. 397 or dbarringer@copdfoundation.org.

For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., please contact Emily Baier at 203-791-5997 or Emily.baier@boehringer-ingelheim.com.

For information on the DRIVE4COPD campaign, go to www.DRIVE4COPD.org.

About COPD Foundation
The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates.  
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