THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat progressive lung scarring from an uncertain cause, medically called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
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Esbriet, produced for Brisbane, Calif.-based InterMune Inc., was evaluated in three clinical trials involving 1,247 people with IPF. The most common side effects included nausea, rash, abdominal pain, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, fatigue and headache.
Ofev, distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim of Ridgefield, Conn., was evaluated in clinical studies of 1,231 people with IPF. It's not recommended for people with moderate-to-severe liver problems or among women who may become pregnant. Since Ofev can cause birth defects, women who are able to become pregnant should use contraception for at least three months after the last dose of Ofev, the FDA said.
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