• Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    PAciFy Cough: A multicentre, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial of morphine sulfate for the treatment of PulmonAry Fibrosis Cough



  • Contact name

    Philip Molyneaux

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

  • Eudract number


  • Duration of Study in the UK

    2 years, 0 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause. While current therapies and those in development are understandably targeted at slowing the relentless progression of the disease none attempt to alleviate any of the significant symptoms that patients with IPF suffer from. Cough can be a distressing symptom with significant physical, social and psychological consequences particularly anxiety and depression. The majority of patients with IPF report cough at some point during their disease and it has been associated with a marked impairment in quality of life.

    Opiates have long been advocated for the suppression of cough, but the effect on patients specifically with IPF has not been assessed in a randomised clinical trial.

    This study will be a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover trial evaluating the effect of low dose morphine in patients with IPF. We will assess the effect on cough counts and quality of life. As this is a crossover study, all patients will receive morphine by the end of the study.

  • REC name

    London - Brent Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    21 May 2020

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion