Elusive Origin of Pulmonary Hypertension Uncovered
From Brigham and Women’s Hospital - A new study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) sheds light on the disease’s surprising cause, with crucial implications for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of PH in persons at risk. Read more.
Monday, April 06, 2015 2:15:00 PM
Selexipag (Uptravi) Long-term Outcome Data in PAH Presented
From PipelineReview.com - Yesterday, key long-term outcome data from Actelion's pivotal selexipag (Uptravi®) Phase III GRIPHON study were shared during an oral presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Congress in San Diego, Calif. The presentation highlighted that the investigational drug selexipag significantly reduced the risk of a morbidity/mortality event by 40 percent versus placebo (p<0.0001) in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Read article
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:33:00 AM
Quebec Breathes New Hope into Lives of Those Affected by Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
(CNW) - The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) was pleased to learn that a new treatment option for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is now being publicly funded in the province of Quebec. On October 1, the Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) recommended that the drug Opsumit (macitentan) be added to the list of drugs covered by the prescription drug insurance plan administered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Read the full press release
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:49:00 AM
PHA Accredits First Six PH Care Centers; Application Process Now Open
We are excited to announce that we have accredited our first six Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC). This initiative aims at improving overall quality of care and ultimately improving outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension.
Two types of centers will be accredited: Centers of Comprehensive Care (CCC) - the first six are listed below - and Regional Clinical Programs (RCP). For interested centers, the PHCC Application is now open and available for download. Many PH programs have already submitted their application, and you can track their progress on the Applicant Center page.
Quality Care from Experts in the Field
“The PHCC will give PH patients security in knowing they are receiving quality care from the experts in the field,” said Dr. Murali Chakinala, from the Washington University School of Medicine and PHCC Committee Chair. “Patients can feel confident that the PHCCs have been vetted by a rigorous process that includes a detailed application and a comprehensive site visit with ultimate adjudication by a Committee of more than 20 health professionals with vast experience in caring for PH patients.”
PHA's Scientific Leadership Council and the PHCC Oversight Committee set high parameters for PHCC accreditation. PHCC accreditation signifies that a PH program has demonstrated a dedication to making proper diagnosis and capacity to appropriately and comprehensively manage PH patients through a set of criteria established by the PHA Scientific Leadership Council – 28 global leaders in the field of pulmonary hypertension. These criteria have also been developed with input from many PH stakeholders including physicians, allied health care professionals, patients and PHA leadership and are considered essential to delivering high-quality care for these complex patients.
Patient Registry for Determining Effective Care
Accredited PH Care Centers will also contribute to a PH patient registry that will track diagnostic and treatment patterns at a national level, ultimately demonstrating quality improvement for the care of PH patients.
“The PH patient registry will provide important data on the care and outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension across the country,” said Dr. Steven Kawut of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We can then begin to understand best practices in the treatment of PH and continue to improve the quality of life and survival of individuals with this disease.”
Linking Centers through a national network will increase collaboration in the PH community, through clinical, quality improvement and investigative partnership.
First Six Accredited Centers
- Inova Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va.
- Penn Pulmonary Hypertension / Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates, Louisville, Ky.
- UC Health Pulmonary Hypertension Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Stanford Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
For more information on PHCC visit www.PHAssociation.org/PHCareCenters or email PHCC@PHAssociation.org.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 1:44:00 PM
Screen Scleroderma Patients Annually for Pulmonary Hypertension
Scleroderma patients should be screened every year for pulmonary hypertension even if they are recently diagnosed and have no respiratory symptoms. Noninvasive tests can catch pulmonary problems early, and treatments are available to slow the progression of scleroderma. Read more and watch the video
Friday, September 19, 2014 1:42:00 PM