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  • Self-Care: Comfort Techniques and Dressings

    Pemphigus and pemphigoid (P/P) patients may agree that in the early months of their condition it is a very painful and difficult time. However, the following suggestions may be helpful like learning how to care for our skin in terms of taking and applying topical medications, cleansers, moisturizers, dressings, and staying comfortable.

  • Rituxan Receives FDA Approval to Treat Pemphigus Vulgaris

    On Thursday, June 7th, the FDA approved Rituxan for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe pemphigus vulgaris (PV). Rituxan is the first biologic therapy approved by the FDA for PV and the first major advancement in the treatment of PV in more than 60 years.

  • Syntimmune Announces Positive Preliminary Results from Clinical Proof-of-Concept Trial of SYNT001 in Pemphigus Vulgaris and Foliaceus

    Syntimmune recently announced positive preliminary results from its phase 1b proof-of-concept trial of SYNT001 in pemphigus vulgaris and foliaceus patients. It’s exciting for the IPPF to share good news related to research and treatments. The full press release from Syntimmune can be found here. The following is an excerpt:   Syntimmune, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing ...

  • Strategies for Managing Pemphigus and Pemphigoid

    It can be difficult to accept the news of a lifelong chronic disease. It may be easier to understand the diagnosis of appendicitis when a procedure is needed, or medication to treat a cold, or the need to use crutches for a couple of months because of a broken bone. But accepting a disease like ...

  • FDA Grants Priority Review For Genentech’s Rituxan® (Rituximab) For Pemphigus Vulgaris

    Genentech recently announced an important FDA decision that could potentially impact future treatment options for pemphigus. Here at the IPPF, it’s especially exciting when we get to share good news related to research and treatments. The full press release from Genentech can be found here. The following is an excerpt: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...

  • Resilience

    You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL, firefighter, or an NFL football player to be resilient. Resilience is a common trait that you can build upon by developing certain skills. Research has shown that while some people are naturally more resilient, these behaviors can also be learned. Here are some techniques to foster your ...

  • Surgery and Pemphigus Foliaceus: Joe’s Story

    Having a rare autoimmune disease is scary. Once you receive a diagnosis by a dermatologist experienced in treating pemphigus, it’s advisable to have all of your doctors communicate with your dermatologist (Internist, OB-GYN, Dentist, Orthopedist and other specialists).

  • The Importance of a WHOLEistic Point of View in Your Health

    In a disease such as Pemphigoid, where the cause and pathogenesis is unclear and treatments are often trial-and-error, any “leg up” in dealing with the condition in my opinion should be enthusiastically explored.

  • Finding Support: Tony’s Story

    In January 2013 my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully, after surgery he was cancer free. But in May 2015 our whole world seemed to turn upside down when he came home with a very unusual sore in his mouth. Fearing the cancer had returned, Tony went to our family doctor and was immediately ...

  • Can’t Grind Me Down

    My name is Rudy Soto. I am from the great state of Texas and have lived there all of my life. I am married to a wonderful woman, Jennifer, who is my greatest supporter. We have four awesome children—two girls and two boys who range in age from 5 to 23. My motto is Can’t ...