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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Community Emphasizes The Power Of United Support For Patients During IPF World Week 2013

European, American and Canadian IPF associations that are participating in IPF World Week will be posting their events on www.ipfworld.org.

About IPF Week IPF World Week aims to raise awareness of IPF around the world and bring hope to those who live with the condition.

Winning entries of 2013 'Breath of Hope' photo contest:

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About IPF Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an irreversible, unpredictable and ultimately fatal disease characterized by scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs, hindering the ability to process oxygen.  IPF inevitably leads to worsening lung function and exercise tolerance, and shortness of breath.  Every IPF patient follows a different and unpredictable course and it is not possible to predict if a patient will progress slowly or rapidly, or when the rate of decline may change.  Periods of transient clinical stability in IPF, should they occur, inevitably give way to continued disease progression.  The median survival time from diagnosis is two to five years, i with a five-year survival rate of approximately 20-40 percent, vi,vii which makes IPF more rapidly lethal than many cancers, including breast, ovarian and colorectal. viii,ix  IPF typically occurs in patients over the age of 45, and is more common in men than in women. iii 

About InterMune InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. In pulmonology, we are focused on therapies for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive and fatal lung disease. Pirfenidone, the only medicine approved for IPF anywhere in the world, is marketed by InterMune in the EU and Canada as Esbriet® and is currently in a Phase 3 clinical trial to support regulatory registration in the United States. InterMune's research programs are focused on the discovery of targeted, small-molecule therapeutics and biomarkers to treat and monitor serious pulmonary and fibrotic diseases. For additional information about InterMune and its R&D pipeline, please visit  www.intermune.com.

References i Meltzer EB, Noble PW.  Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 2008; 3:8. ii EURORDIS, NORD. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Community. Available at: https://www.rareconnect.org/en/community/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis [Last accessed: September 2013] iii Ama Fuoridalbuio. IPF World. Available at: http://www.ipfworld.org/ [Last accessed: September 2013] iv NICE clinical guideline 163: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis June 2013

v American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society. International multidisciplinary consensus classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002;165:277-304.  vi Raghu G et al. Incidence and prevalence of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2006; 174: 810-16. All others: Incidence and Prevalence Database, Timely Data Resources, Inc.

vii Cancer Facts and Figures 2009, American Cancer Society. PAH data source: Hamilton, N. and Elliot C. 13. viii Raghu G et al. Incidence and prevalence of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2006; 174: 810-16. All others: Incidence and Prevalence Database, Timely Data Resources, Inc.

ix Cancer Facts and Figures 2009, American Cancer Society. PAH data source: Hamilton, N. and Elliot C. 13.

SOURCE InterMune, Inc.

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