Phase 2
Lung Transplant
Intervention Type
Oral Drug
Funder Type
Organization | University

Drug Details

Pirfenidone is an antifibrotic and anti-inflammatory drug approved to treat IPF in the US, Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australia. In clinical trials, pirfenidone has been shown to slow progression of mild-to-moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It is taken by mouth three times a day. 

Study Purpose

This protocol will evaluate the safety and tolerability of pirfenidone in lung transplant recipients with RCLAD. Transplant recipients take carefully adjusted immunosuppressive medications for life to prevent rejection of the allograft. Current literature suggests the dose of tacrolimus, the main anti-rejection drug, may need to be adjusted when taken in combination with pirfenidone. The investigators will assess the side effects of pirfenidone in combination with the immunosuppressive regimen and determine the magnitude of the adjustment in tacrolimus dose. The results of this pilot study will provide the foundation for a multicenter randomized control trial to evaluate the efficacy of pirfenidone in slowing the progression of RCLAD.

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