MUTTENZ, Switzerland, September 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
InterMune® is pleased to support the launch of a new European Patient Charter for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which is being presented in the European Parliament on 30th September, during IPF World Week 2014.
The Charter, which has been developed by 11 patient organisations* and healthcare professionals from 9 EU countries advocating the well-being of people living with IPF, calls for more standardised care and equal access to diagnosis and treatment for patients with IPF in Europe. The initiative aims to reach 35,000 signatures via an online public petition, equal to the number of people in Europe who are newly diagnosed with IPF each year.,,,
Following a series of meetings with advocacy groups and healthcare professionals, the Charter was compiled based on a consensus on the key priorities for IPF patients. It includes recommendations on equal access to treatment and diagnosis as well as the importance of holistic management of the condition and improvements in palliative care.
The intention is that the Charter is presented in the European Parliament to raise awareness of these issues and to bring them to the attention of European policy makers. It will also be used to engage key stakeholders in the EU countries to help drive change and improve the lives of people with the condition.
IPF is an irreversible, progressive and ultimately fatal fibrotic interstitial lung disease,, IPF has a projected survival rate of only 20-40% after 5 years, making it more rapidly lethal than many types of cancer. The disease causes scarring of the lungs, irreversibly destroying normal lung architecture and hindering a person's ability to breathe.
Rosalba Mele, President of the Italian Association "AMA Fuori dal Buio" in Modena, Italy - one of the 11 patient organisations promoting the initiative, said: "The development of the Charter represents the greatest joint effort that was ever realised by the IPF community in Europe. For the first time patient organisations from across Europe spoke with a unified voice to shed light on the needs of IPF patients. This would not have happened without the support of InterMune® which has supported us and provided the opportunity for patient groups across Europe to come together, share their challenges and develop this Charter which we hope will support the need for change in the management of IPF and give a better future to patients living with IPF."
Giacomo di Nepi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of InterMune® in Europe, stated: "We are proud to play our part in supporting the Charter initiative, which will be essential for improving care and access to healthcare services across Europe. The development of a Charter provides clinicians, patient advocacy groups and patients the opportunity of working together to identify the key concerns that can and must be addressed by policy makers."
InterMune® is proud to support European patient associations in their commitment to develop an IPF Charter that will benefit IPF patients. InterMune® has contributed financially to the organisation of two meetings, media support and the launch in the EU parliament.
Notes to Editors
About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an irreversible and ultimately fatal disease characterized by progressive loss of lung function due to fibrosis (scarring) in the lungs, which hinders the ability of the lungs to absorb oxygen.,,IPF inevitably causes shortness of breath, lung function deterioration and decreased exercise tolerance.,,, IPF patients follow different and unpredictable clinical courses 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, when they occur, inevitably give way to continued disease progression. Without treatment, the median survival time from diagnosis is 2-5 years,,,, with a five-year survival rate of approximately 2040 percent, which makes IPF more rapidly lethal than many malignancies, including breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers. IPF typically occurs in patients over the age of 45 and tends to affect slightly more men than women.,
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* 11 patient organisations including AMA Fuori dal Buio, Belgische vereniging voor longfibrose, British Lung Foundation, Association pour la fibrose pulmonaire idiopathique, Irish Lung Fibrosis Association, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asociación de Familiares y Enfermos de Fibrosis Pulmonar Idiopatica, Lungenfibrose, Longfibrose Patientenvereniging, LOT Austria, Long Fonds.
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Date of preparation: September 2014
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