Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Drugs Makes Inroads in Systemic Sclerosis Market

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Date Published: January-2016
Source: Clinical Trials Arena

Pharmaceutical giant, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), is poised to begin a Phase III trial of its idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) drug, Ofev (nintedanib) as a treatment for systemic sclerosis-related interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). Ofev initially gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2014 and by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January 2015. Roche and Genentech's Esbriet, arguably BI's closest competitor in the field, is more widely known than Ofev. Despite being available in Europe since 2011, Esbriet gained FDA approval on the same day as Ofev.