Efficacy and safety of nintedanib in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been established by multiple clinical trials. This study aims to assess the efficacy and safety of nintedanib in real-world IPF patients in India.


Clinical records of IPF patients (prescribed with nintedanib) visiting tertiary pulmonary care center, between June 2016 and December 2019, were analyzed retrospectively. Data were analyzed for forced vital capacity (FVC), Diffusing capacity of lung for carbon monoxide(DLCO), 6-min walk distance (6-MWD). Acute exacerbations and adverse events were also analyzed.


A total of 76 IPF patients were prescribed with nintedanib. Drug was prescribed at 100 and 150 mg BD dose to 37 and 39 patients. Ten patients (13.1%), of which eight were over the age of 60 years, died during the study period. Only 42 patients visited for follow-up. Mean baseline FVC was 1.67 L and mean annualized absolute change in FVC and FVC % predicted was -0.07 L and -1.80%, respectively. Mean baseline DLCO was 37.21% and mean annualized absolute change in DLCO % predicted was-2.20%. At follow-up, 1 (2.38%), 17 (40.47%), and 24 (57.14%) patients were at Deparatment of Internal Medicine stage I, II, and III, respectively. Acute exacerbations and adverse events were reported by 48 and 6 patients, respectively.


Our results support the findings from previous studies, that nintedanib leads to annual decline in parameters such as FVC and DLCO and increased 6-MWD. It was found to be well tolerated in the Indian patients with IPF.


Adverse event; diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide; forced vital capacity; idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; nintedanib.

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