Great news for people with CF (and those for support CFF) came through last week, which I first saw on Twitter.
September 1, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ZENPEP™ (pancrelipase), a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy.
Pancreatic enzymes are an essential treatment of cystic fibrosis. They help people with the disease absorb nutrients.
The FDA is requiring all pancreatic enzyme replacement products on the market to be reformulated and undergo clinical testing. ZENPEP, developed by Eurand, is the second enzyme therapy to be granted approval.
The new drug will be available for both adults and children ages 1 and up through various dosage strengths. This is important because CF is a chronic disease that affects babies from birth, so being able to treat infants s well as adults is a huge step for CF treatments. There still is no cure for CF, but advancements like this are the reason why thousands of people around the world work to raise awareness and money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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