Areas for action

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Prevention

  • More than 300 drugs are recognised as causing respiratory disease and, in particular, ILDs. Therefore, there is a need to register and communicate such drug effects across Europe and to establish guidelines for early detection, treatment and prevention of drug-induced ILDs.

Diagnosis and treatment

  • A more intensive approach by national health authorities is required, in order to improve diagnosis and find safe and effective treatments for ILDs.

Research

  • Large-scale epidemiological studies on ILDs are needed to improve knowledge of individual genetic susceptibility for the different ILDs and the pathogenetic effects of external agents.
  • More comprehensive information is required on possible genetic influences on the development of ILDs.

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