Antifibrotic Drug Use in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Data from the IPF-PRO Registry.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Rationale: Two antifibrotic medications, nintedanib and pirfenidone, have been approved for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in the United States. Few data have been published on the use of these medications in clinical practice.Objectives: To investigate patterns of use of antifibrotic medications in the United States.Methods: The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Prospective Outcomes (IPF-PRO) Registry, a multicenter U.S. registry, has enrolled patients with IPF that was diagnosed or confirmed at the enrolling center in the past 6 months. Data from patients enrolled from June 5, 2014, to March 4, 2018, were used to determine antifibrotic medication use ("treatment") in the enrollment window and in a follow-up window approximately 6 months later. Associations between patient characteristics and treatment status were tested using logistic regression.Results: Overall, 551 of 782 eligible patients (70.5%) were treated in the enrollment window. Younger age, lower forced vital capacity percentage predicted, oxygen use with activity, worse self-rated health (based on the Short Form 12 or St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire score), referral to the enrolling center by a pulmonologist, use of a lung biopsy in diagnosis, and carrying a diagnosis of IPF to the enrolling center were associated with being treated. Among 534 patients treated at enrollment who had follow-up data, 94.0% remained treated in follow-up. Better self-rated health (based on the Short Form 12 mental component score or EuroQoL score) and not using oxygen with activity at enrollment were associated with continuing treatment in follow-up. Among 172 patients who were untreated at enrollment and had follow-up data, 29.7% started treatment in follow-up. Lower diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide percentage predicted, a family history of interstitial lung disease, a history of sleep apnea, and a definite diagnosis of IPF at enrollment were associated with starting treatment in follow-up.Conclusions: The majority of patients in the IPF-PRO Registry were receiving an approved medication for IPF at enrollment. Treatment at enrollment was associated with greater disease severity, more compromised quality of life, and the use of oxygen with activity.Clinical trial registered with (NCT01915511).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Salisbury, ML; Conoscenti, CS; Culver, DA; Yow, E; Neely, ML; Bender, S; Hartmann, N; Palmer, SM; Leonard, TB; IPF-PRO Registry principal investigators as follows,

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1413 - 1423

PubMed ID

  • 32574517

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7640723

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2325-6621

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201912-880OC


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States