Datamonitor attended this year's meeting of the American Thoracic Society in New Orleans. The 2010 conference was defined not only by the latest clinical trial data, but by new guidelines and an emerging discussion of the role of personalized treatment. Conclusions were also presented from the ISAAC study, highlighting some surprising global prevalence trends.
The FDA's recent refusal of Esbriet and the publication of new guidelines for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis drove considerable interest in this disease at the 2010 meeting of the American Thoracic Society. Furthermore, the approval of the first new inhaled antibiotic for cystic fibrosis in over a decade brought renewed focus on this rare but extremely debilitating disease.
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