What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic condition where the lungs become scarred and stiffen, and breathing becomes more difficult. Idiopathic means the cause is unknown, and pulmonary fibrosis refers to the scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain.

There is no known cure for IPF, though some medications may help relieve symptoms or prolong life. However, most people with IPF get worse over time, even with treatment. Newly approved drugs like Ofev and Esbriet may help delay progression. Non-medication therapies like oxygen and lung transplants can also improve quality and length of life.

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  • Ofev and Esbriet: New Treatments for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

    November 05, 2014

    Both Ofev (nintedanib) and Esbriet (pirfenidone) were approved by the FDA on October 15, 2014 for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This is big for anyone suffering from this condition—these are the first two medications to be proven to slow the progression of IPF, which is usually a fatal disease.

    First, what is idiopathic pulmoary fibrosis?

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition where the tissue in the lungs thickens and turns into scar tissue over time. See More

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Popular Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antifibrinolytics 8,204 See Prices
Kinase Inhibitors 8,665 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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