US COPD Coalition

Year: 2019


AARC Launches Virtual Lobby Campaign Ahead of Hill Day

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has launched its “virtual lobby campaign” to advocate for two issues that are very important to the U.S. COPD Coalition and patients with chronic lung disease. The AARC is asking members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor the Better Respiration Through Expanding Access to Tele-Health Act (the BREATHE … Read more


FDA Proposes New Policies to Reduce Youth e-Cigarette Use

Outgoing Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Scott Gottlieb, MD, has announced that the FDA is proposing new policies to restrict youth access to flavored electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products (other than tobacco-, mint-, and/or menthol-flavored) and flavored cigars (other than tobacco-flavored). Commissioner Gottlieb issued the following statement: FDA is proposing to … Read more


Alpha-1 Foundation Names Miriam O’Day President & CEO

The following news release is re-printed from our U.S. COPD Coalition partner organization, the Alpha-1 Foundation. The Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Miriam O’Day as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Alpha-1 Foundation. “We thank Miriam for serving as interim CEO, since September 2018, and … Read more


Sterile Water and Saline for Inhalation Recalled

Smiths Medical is recalling the sterile saline and sterile water products for inhalation due to the potential exposure to infectious agents (bacillus infantis and staphylococcus epidermidis) because of damage to the containers used to package the finished products. Use of these products in patients could result in infection and may require treatment with antibiotics. Serious … Read more


DHHS Publishes Policy Brief on COPD in Rural America

The Department of Health and Human Services National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has published an important policy brief addressing the severe burden of COPD in rural America. Entitled Addressing the Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Rural America: Policy Brief and Recommendations, the report discusses the significant disparity when it … Read more


Rural Health Policy Institute Conference To Be Held February 5 – 7, 2019

While the burden of COPD and other chronic health conditions is severe throughout the country, patients are particularly vulnerable in rural settings due in part to lack of access to pulmonologists and other specialties. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization that is working to lessen that burden. The NRHA’s … Read more