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A simultaneous population pharmacokinetic analysis of rifampicin in Malawian adults and children.

Schipani, Alessandro, Pertinez, Henry, Mlota, Rachel, Molyneux, Elizabeth, Lopez, Nuria, Dzinjalamala, Fraction K, van Oosterhout, Joep J, Ward, Steve ORCID:, Khoo, Saye and Davies, Gerry (2016) 'A simultaneous population pharmacokinetic analysis of rifampicin in Malawian adults and children.'. British journal of clinical pharmacology, Vol 81, Issue 4, pp. 679-87.

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Low rifampicin plasma concentrations can lead to treatment failure and increased risk of developing drug resistant tuberculosis. The objectives of this study were to characterize the population pharmacokinetics (popPK) of rifampicin in Malawian children and adults with tuberculosis, simulate exposures under revised WHO dosing guidelines that aim to reduce the risk of low exposures of rifampicin and examine predicted exposures using weight- and age-based dosing bands under new dosing recommendations.

Patients were recruited at least two weeks after initiation of the intensive phase of treatment and received RIF in FDC of anti-TB drugs. A total of 5-6 rich and 1-2 sparse samples were collected. nonmem (v7.2) was used to build a population-PK model.

A 165 TB patients, 115 adults and 50 children, aged 7 months to 65 years and weighing 4.8 to 87 kg, were included in the one compartment model with first order absorption best described the data. The mean population estimate for CL/F was 23.9 (l h(-1)  70 kg(-1) ) with inter-individual variability of 46.6%. Exposure was unaffected by HIV status. Relative bioavailability in children was estimated at 49% lower compared to adults (100% relative bioavailability). Simulations showed significantly lower rifampicin exposure in children vs. adults. In children average AUC was 13.5 mg l(-1) h, which was nearly half that was observed in adults (26.3 mg l(-1)  h). Using age as a surrogate for weight in dosing bands gave similar results compared with the weight bands. Increasing dose to approximately 15 mg kg(-1) , increased AUC in children to an average of 22 mgl(-1)  h. bringing expected exposures in children closer to those predicted for adults.

The popPK model developed can be used to optimize rifampicin exposures through dosing simulations. WHO dosing recommendations may not be achieved using currently licensed fixed dose combination formulations of TB therapy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; dosing bands; nonmem; population PK; tuberculosis
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Anti-Infective Agents. Antineoplastic Agents > QV 268 Antitubercular agents. Antitubercular antibiotics
QV Pharmacology > QV 38 Drug action.
QW Microbiology and Immunology > QW 45 Microbial drug resistance. General or not elsewhere classified.
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 200 Tuberculosis (General)
WF Respiratory System > Tuberculosis > WF 415 Tuberculosis in childhood
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
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Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 08:26
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:12


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