Real-World Data Support Use of Ofev in IPF Management, Study Finds

Real-World Data Support Use of Ofev in IPF Management, Study Finds

Real-world data shows that treatment with Ofev (nintedanib, marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim) helps stabilize idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and is well-tolerated, a German study reports.

The research, “Real-World Experience with Nintedanib in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis,” was published in the journal Respiration.

Ofev and Esbriet (pirfenidone, marketed by Genentech) are the two currently approved anti-fibrotic therapies for patients with IPF. Ofev blocks tyrosine kinase, a critical enzyme for cellular signaling pathways that leads to excess release of growth factors in IPF patients. These molecules promote collagen deposition, as well as maturation and multiplication of cells called fibroblasts, which lead to lung fibrosis.

Prior clinical studies have shown that twice-daily treatment with 150 mg Ofev reduced the decline in lung function and prolonged the time to first acute disease exacerbation in IPF patients. This led to Ofev’s approval for IPF treatment for adults in the U.S. and Europe.

Besides results from clinical trials, long-term data and real-world experience are needed regarding the use of Ofev in IPF. The limited available results show the long-term slowdown of patients’ disease progression, as well as Ofev’s safety and tolerability.

In order to gain further insight into real-world data, researchers analyzed the safety and effectiveness of Ofev in the treatment of IPF patients at a tertiary referral site for interstitial lung diseases in Germany.

The investigators analyzed patients’ full medical history, lung function and Ofev-related adverse events (AEs). IPF progression was defined as a 5% or greater decrease in forced vital capacity — FVC, the amount of air exhaled after a deep breath — and/or a 15% or greater reduction in the lung’s diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide, which assesses how much oxygen passes from the air sacs to the blood.

The study included 64 patients (55 men, mean age 70) treated with Ofev between June 2014 and November 2016. Ofev’s efficacy was only analyzed in patients with a treatment duration not shorter than three months.

Mean time from IPF diagnosis to start Ofev treatment was 23.8 months. Thirty patients (47%) had been treated previously with Esbriet. Mean duration of follow-up was 11 months. The most common comorbidity was hypertension, which was observed in 28 patients.

Results showed that after 6 months of treatment, 33 of 49 (67%) patients were stable. Most of these patients had no decline in FVC. At nine months, 23 patients (37.6%) still had stable lung function.

The improvements with Ofev also were observed in patients with hypertension, coronary artery disease, or lung emphysema.

Of note, patients’ respiratory function before starting Ofev treatment was lower than in prior clinical trials. “As such, our data provide support for the benefits of [Ofev] in a patient population with more severe disease at baseline,” the researchers wrote.

This worsened disease status also may explain the higher rate of acute IPF exacerbations (17%) compared to previous studies, the authors observed.

Seven patients stopped Ofev treatment due to adverse events. The most common adverse event reported was diarrhea, which occurred in 33% of patients.

Most patients received Ofev at the recommended dose of 150 mg twice daily. However, eight patients (13%) required dose reduction to 100 mg due to diarrhea and anorexia.

“The results from this real-world clinical setting support findings from previously conducted clinical trials and show that nintedanib is effective for the management of IPF and is associated with disease stabilization,” the team concluded.

The analysis further demonstrates that Ofev is well-tolerated, which was particularly evident in the low rate of serious adverse events, including major adverse cardiovascular events, the researchers noted.


  1. Richard Cooper says:

    I’ve been on OFEV now for over 1 year and to date, my symptoms of IPF have stabilized to the point I see my Pulmonologist every 6 months instead of monthly. I do have some diarrhea but it is not serious enough for me to stop the dosage.

  2. Ronnie Poole says:

    As an Esbriet user,should cocsideration be given to changing to Ofev. It seems OFEV is getting more positive ratings than Esbriet?

  3. Prakash. Lakhapate says:

    My experience with the patient is dosage level should be critically observed for each person. Start with.lower dosage say 10 mg/day for one week. If no side effects observed then increase the dose to higher level and keep the patient under observation .Thus it is possible to avoid side effects.Patients using Ofeve or any other treatment should give their feedback here so that other patients will be benefitted

  4. Laura says:

    Hi All,
    My mother was using Ofeve for over 1 year. it seemed to stable her decline, however she did get diarrhea. We never thought of reducing the dose or starting off on a lower dose them building up. I would recommend users do this after seeing how it reacted with mum.

  5. Bill says:

    I have been on Ofev since Jan, 2017 (about 14 months), 2 tabs 150mg daily. Lung function has tested as stable.. oxygen ranges 93-95%.

    Side effects: Occasional cramping, but not so much as to discourage use. If you take the medication without first having a meal, my experience is .. you’ll likely experience nausea and/or vomiting. Take it with a meal!

  6. David Patterson says:

    Also note the time between dose, recommended is 9 – 12 hrs. with 12 being optimum. Also take it on a full stomach. I have a lot of gas (both ends) and take simethicone before eating.

  7. DJ HIXSON says:

    What is considered a meal, like how large of a meal do you have to eat. I am a small person and do not eat large amounts. Thanks for replies.

  8. David Eakin says:

    Started ofev 150 2 months ago. First 2 weeks were fine then my stomach started hurting. I mean hurting 24-7, no diarrhea just hurting. Switched me to 100 and I feel pretty good now. I have to make sure to eat a good meal before meds .

  9. Linda Smith says:

    I have been on OFEV for almost three years, and my IPF has not only stabilized but disappeared to a large extent. Thank you, all who were involved in the development of this drug!

    What I want to know is will I ever be able to stop taking it? Will I relapse if I do?

    • Ashley says:

      Linda- I would like to know what dose you are on? Also how much it has improved? I am 39 and have been on ofev for like 6 months. I keep praying for wonderful results in May when I go back! Any positive results sure help me stay positive!

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