Tolerability and Safety of Nintedanib in Myositis Associated Interstitial Lung Disease: a Pilot Study

  • End date
    May 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Updated on 1 May 2022
respiratory symptom
rheumatic diseases
forced vital capacity
interstitial lung disease


There is likely a role for using anti-fibrotic medications in patients with myositis-associated interstitial lung disease (MA-ILD) to slow down disease progression, especially in patients who have fibrotic and progressive disease. These patients however are currently being excluded from clinical trials of anti-fibrotic agents in progressive ILD because of the concomitant use of immunosuppression. The benefit of anti-fibrotic agents is being assessed in other rheumatic diseases and should be assessed in MA-ILD as well. They are a unique group of patients with a heterogeneous disease, and are much more frequently on concomitant immune-modulating therapy. As such, they should be studied on their own in separate clinical trials, and the use of nintedanib should be studied as an addition to standard of care immunosuppression.

The objective of this study is to assess safety and tolerability of nintedanib in patients with MA-ILD.

Condition Interstitial Lung Disease, Myopathy, Inflammatory
Treatment Nintedanib 150 milligrams [Ofev]
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05335278
SponsorMcGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Last Modified on1 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

\. 18 years and older 2. Diagnosis of autoimmune myopathy (dermatomyositis, polymyositis, overlap myositis or anti-synthetase syndrome) as diagnosed by a rheumatologist. 3. Interstitial lung disease confirmed by high resolution CT scan (Extent of disease 10% or more on CT done within 12 months of enrolment) with evidence of fibrosis, defined as reticular abnormality with traction bronchiectasis with or without honeycombing. 4. Evidence of progressive disease within 24 months of screening visit
Clinically significant decline in Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) % pred based on a relative decline of >=10%
Marginal decline in FVC % pred based on a relative decline of .>=5-<10% combined with worsening of respiratory symptoms
Marginal decline in FVC % pred based on a relative decline of >=5-<10% combined with increasing extent of fibrotic changes on chest imaging
Worsening of respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath as well as increasing extent of fibrotic changes on chest imaging as per radiologist or pulmonologist who read the scan 5. Current and ongoing treatment with immunosuppressive medications, on a stable medication regimen and dosage for at least 6 weeks (considered standard of care medical therapy) Concomitant medications allowed are
rituximab (injection within the last year)
prednisone low dose =<20 mg daily
Intravenous immunoglobulins

Exclusion Criteria

Contraindication to treatment with nintedanib (based on Canadian labeling)
The female patient is pregnant, plans to become pregnant during the course of the study, or is breastfeeding
The male patient plans to father a child during the course of the study
Hypersensitivity to nintedanib, peanut or soy
Elevated liver enzymes greater than 1.5 times the upper limit of normal
Creatinine clearance <30 mL/min
Patient with risks factors of aneurysm or artery dissection, such as known history of aneurysm or uncontrolled hypertension
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