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Patient considerations and drug selection in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Authors Trawinska M, Rupesinghe R, Hart S

Received 18 September 2015

Accepted for publication 14 December 2015

Published 8 April 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 563—574


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Garry Walsh

Maria A Trawinska,1 Ruwani D Rupesinghe,1 Simon P Hart1,2

1Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, 2Hull York Medical School, Academic Respiratory Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, UK

Abstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive interstitial lung disease of unknown cause. Approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed with IPF in the UK every year. People with IPF suffer significant morbidity and, without any curative treatment at present, survival rates remain poor with a median survival of 3 years. While treatment remains largely supportive, many drug therapies have been trialed in IPF over the years. Pirfenidone and nintedanib are newly licensed treatments for IPF and the first drugs to have shown convincing evidence of slowing disease progression. In addition to evaluating clinical evidence, we also discuss elements affecting drug choice from the viewpoint of patients and health care professionals. We discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological aspects of providing best supportive care for patients with IPF. However, few good quality studies exist focusing on controlling symptoms specifically in patients with IPF, and recommendations are often extrapolated from evidence in other chronic diseases. In covering these topics, we hope to provide readers with a comprehensive review of the available evidence pertaining to all aspects of care for patients suffering with IPF.

Keywords: interstitial lung disease, high-resolution computed tomography, forced vital capacity, usual interstitial pneumonia, clinical trials, decision making, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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