The aim of this study is to assess the utility of nintedanib therapy in addition to usual transplant care in single lung transplant recipients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The investigators hypothesize that in IPF subjects who undergo single lung transplantation the administration of nintedanib 150 mg twice daily in addition to usual transplant care will result in better preservation of lung function at 24 months.



Eligible Ages
Between 35 Years and 70 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Adults between the ages of 35-70.
  • Lung transplantation listing diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis
  • Recipient of single lung transplantation within the past 60 days

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of intolerability to nintedanib (i.e. discontinued nintedanib in the pre-transplant period due to adverse drug effects)
  • Liver transaminase elevation (AST or ALT > 1.5X the upper limit of normal)
  • Total bilirubin > 1.5X the upper limit of normal
  • Drugs that interfere with the metabolism or elimination of nintedanib or its metabolites - St. John's wort, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, dexamethasone, and others.
  • Any history of bronchial anastomosis dehiscence or stenosis
  • Bleeding risk, defined as any of the following:
  • Full-dose therapeutic anticoagulation (i.e. vitamin K antagonist, direct thrombin inhibitors, etc.)
  • History of hemorrhagic central nervous system (CNS) event within 12 months of enrollment
  • Coagulation parameters: international normalized ratio (INR) > 2, prolongation of prothrombin time (PT) and partial thromboplastin time (PTT) by > 1.5X the upper limit of normal at enrollment

Study Design

Phase 2
Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Nintedanib 150 mg tablet by mouth twice daily for 24 months.
  • Drug: Nintedanib
    Nintedanib (BIBF 1120, Ofev)
    Other names:
    • BIBF 1120
    • Ofev
Placebo Comparator
Placebo tablet by mouth twice daily for 24 months
  • Drug: Placebo Oral Tablet

Recruiting Locations

Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140
Francine McGonagle, BSN,RN

More Details

Temple University

Study Contact

Francine McGonagle, BSN, RN

Detailed Description

Lung transplantation is the only treatment option that augments survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Despite several advancements in lung transplantation over the past three decades, long-term survival rates have remained low compared to other solid organ transplantations. The median survival after lung transplantation is only 5.8 years. Multiple factors account for the relatively low survival post-transplant, but chronic rejection resulting in obliterative bronchiolitis is a predominate cause. Further research is needed to develop medical therapeutic interventions that improve survival in IPF patients who undergo only single lung transplantation.

Nintedanib, a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor, exhibits antifibrotic properties via multiple mechanisms including the inhibition of the receptor tyrosine kinases platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor, fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor. Several mediators of pulmonary fibrosis including VEGF, FGF, and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), the most common type of chronic lung allograft rejection.

Nintedanib is safe to continue until the time of lung transplantation and has not been shown to worsen perioperative outcomes in small case series, single center cohorts and our center's personal experience. The current practice in lung transplant medicine is to discontinue antifibrotic therapy after lung transplantation in IPF. In IPF patients who undergo single lung transplant, nintedanib therapy has the potential to preserve lung function in both the native fibrotic lung and the new lung allograft.

The investigators propose a randomized and placebo-controlled single center pilot trial comparing nintedanib therapy plus usual care to usual care only in IPF patients after single lung transplant. The investigators hypothesize that in IPF subjects who undergo single lung transplantation the administration of nintedanib 150 mg twice daily in addition to usual transplant care will result in better preservation of lung function at 24 months.


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