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Population pharmacokinetics of sulfadoxine and pyrimethamine in Malawian children with malaria.

Bell, David J., Nyirongo, S.K., Mukaka, Mavuto, Molyneux, M.E., Winstanley, P.A. and Ward, Stephen ORCID: (2011) 'Population pharmacokinetics of sulfadoxine and pyrimethamine in Malawian children with malaria.'. Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, Vol 89, Issue 2, pp. 268-275.

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In addition to parasite resistance, inadequate levels of exposure to antimalarial drugs may contribute to treatment failure. We developed population pharmacokinetic (PK) models to describe the distribution of sulfadoxine (SDX) and pyrimethamine (PYM) in children with uncomplicated malaria in Malawi. The concentration levels of antimalarial drugs in whole blood were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography. We found no evidence of underdosing in children as compared with adults; the children had drug exposure levels similar to those described in adults. Treatment failure was more likely in children with lower PYM concentrations on day 14 (P = 0.024), and there was a trend for lower SDX concentrations on day 14 (P = 0.061). SDX and PYM concentrations at levels predictive of treatment failure have been identified at day 14. Less than one-third of the children displayed drug concentration levels above these thresholds after receiving the recommended SDX-pyrimethamine (SP) dose. Our findings suggest that PK factors contributed to the observed high rate of treatment failure, and we therefore recommend a higher SP dose for children under the age of 5 years.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Anti-Infective Agents. Antineoplastic Agents > QV 256 Antimalarials
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 770 Therapy
WS Pediatrics > WS 20 Research (General)
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Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 09:34


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