Breathing Easier

Egan, Mary
September 2006
Forbes Asia;9/18/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 15, p110
The article presents information on the drugs developed by Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Vertex Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis drowns the lungs in abnormally thick, sticky mucus and devastates the pancreas, liver and other organs. Inspire developed a synthetic version of uridine triphosphate, called denufosol, which can be inhaled by patients through a nebulizer. Vertex's compound, VX-770, restores function not only to the lungs but also to other organs affected by cystic fibroris.


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