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Bidny S.,Forensic and Analytical Science Service | Gago K.,Forensic and Analytical Science Service | David M.,Forensic and Analytical Science Service | Duong T.,Forensic and Analytical Science Service | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Analytical Toxicology

A rapid, highly sensitive and specific analytical method for the extraction, identification and quantification of nine rodenticides from whole blood has been developed and validated. Commercially available rodenticides in Australia include coumatetralyl, warfarin, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, flocoumafen, difethialone, diphacinone and chlorophacinone. A Waters ACQUITY UPLC TQD system operating in multiple reaction monitoring mode was used to conduct the analysis. Two different ionization techniques, ES+ and ES-, were examined to achieve optimal sensitivity and selectivity resulting in detection by MS-MS using electrospray ionization in positive mode for difenacoum and brodifacoum and in negative mode for all other analytes. All analytes were extracted from 200 μL of whole blood with ethylacetate and separated on a Waters ACQUITY UPLC BEH-C18 column using gradient elution. Ammonium acetate (10 mM, pH 7.5) and methanol were used as mobile phases with a total run time of 8 min. Recoveries were between 70 and 105% with limits of detection ranging from 0.5 to 1 ng/mL. The limit of quantitation was 2 ng/mL for all analytes. Calibration curves were linear within the range 2-200 ng/mL for all analytes with the coefficient of determination ≥0.98. The application of the proposed method using liquid-liquid extraction in a series of clinical investigations and forensic toxicological analyses was successful. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Source

Madadi P.,Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology | Enato E.F.O.,University of Benin | Walfisch A.,High Risk Pregnancy Unit
Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics

A new wave of rapid and accurate molecular diagnostics, which harness the power of genomics and proteomics, hold great potential to improve aspects of maternal health on a global scale. This review will provide a context to issues related to global maternal health and highlight international endeavors aimed to alleviate morbidity and mortality during pregnancy, childbirth and into the postnatal period. The authors will couple these efforts to actionable and promising theranostic advancements in the detection and treatment of HIV and malaria through the lens of maternal global health strategies. © 2012 2012 Expert Reviews Ltd. Source

Dolton M.J.,University of Sydney | Dolton M.J.,Center for Education and Research on Ageing | Mikus G.,University of Heidelberg | Weiss J.,University of Heidelberg | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Objectives Voriconazole exhibits highly variable, non-linear pharmacokinetics and is associated with a narrow therapeutic range. This study aimed to investigate the population pharmacokinetics of voriconazole in adults, including the effect of CYP2C19 genotype and drug-drug interactions. Methods Non-linear mixed effects modelling (NONMEM) was undertaken of six voriconazole studies in healthy volunteers and patients. Dosing simulations to examine influential covariate effects and voriconazole target attainment (2-5 mg/L) stratified by CYP2C19 phenotype were performed. Results We analysed 3352 voriconazole concentration measurements from 240 participants. A two-compartment pharmacokinetic model with first-order oral absorption with lag time and Michaelis-Menten elimination best described voriconazole pharmacokinetics. Participants with one or more CYP2C19 loss-of-function (LoF) alleles had a 41.2% lower Vmax for voriconazole. Co-administration of phenytoin or rifampicin, St John's wort or glucocorticoids significantly increased voriconazole elimination. Among patients receiving 200 mg of voriconazole twice daily, predicted trough concentrations on day 7 were <2 mg/L for oral and intravenous regimens for 72% and 63% of patients without CYP2C19 LoF alleles, respectively, with 49% and 35% below this threshold with 300 mg twice daily dosing. Conversely, these regimens resulted in 29%, 39%, 57% and 77% of patients with CYP2C19 LoF alleles with voriconazole trough concentrations ≥5 mg/L. Conclusions Current dosing regimens for voriconazole result in subtherapeutic exposure in many patients without CYP2C19 LoF alleles, suggesting the need for higher doses, whereas these regimens result in supratherapeutic exposure in a high proportion of patients with reduced CYP2C19 activity. These findings support the essential role of therapeutic drug monitoring in ensuring efficacious and safe voriconazole exposure. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. Source

Lee M.H.,Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology | Lee M.H.,University of New South Wales | Stocker S.L.,Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology | Stocker S.L.,University of New South Wales | And 12 more authors.
Internal Medicine Journal

Aims: Allopurinol hypersensitivity (AH) can rarely be manifest as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) that have high mortality rates. Less serious, but still significant, skin and systemic hypersensitivity reactions form part of the AH spectrum. One hundred per cent of Han Chinese with SJS/TEN due to allopurinol have been found to be at least heterozygous for HLA-B*5801, the carriage rate for this allele in the Han Chinese population being about 15%. The association has been found to be weaker in Caucasians whose HLA-B*5801 carriage rate is less than 6%. We examined the relationship between the different skin hypersensitivity reactions to allopurinol and the HLA-B locus in Australian patients. Methods: We examined 23 patients referred with AH. Results: Five of six Australian SJS/TEN patients were heterozygous for HLA-B*5801 and four were of South-East Asian origin. Five AH patients without SJS/TEN were all Caucasian and only one of these was positive for HLA-B*5801. Twelve patients with allopurinol-induced maculopapular exanthema were negative for HLA-B*5801, including one South-East Asian. Conclusions: Cases of AH manifesting as SJS/TENS in Australians are more likely to be in those of Asian heritage. The place of routine testing for HLA-B*5801 prior to commencing allopurinol therapy requires further investigation. However, Han Chinese origin patients commencing allopurinol might be informed of the test and may elect to have it performed as there are alternative hypouricaemic medicines, such as probenecid thereby reducing the risk of a catastrophic reaction to allopurinol. © 2011 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2011 Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Source

Dolton M.J.,University of Sydney | Ray J.E.,Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology | Chen S.C.-A.,University of Sydney | Ng K.,Westmead Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Voriconazole is a first-line agent in the treatment of many invasive fungal infections and is known to display highly variable pharmacokinetics. Previous studies of voriconazole therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) have suggested concentration monitoring to be clinically useful but have been limited by small patient samples at a single institution. This multicenter retrospective study aimed to investigate relationships between voriconazole concentration and clinical outcomes and adverse events and to assess clinical factors and drug interactions that may affect voriconazole concentration. Medical records were reviewed for patients who received voriconazole and had at least 1 concentration measured at seven hospitals in Australia. The study included 201 patients with 783 voriconazole trough concentrations. Voriconazole concentrations of < 1.7 mg/liter were associated with a significantly greater incidence of treatment failure (19/74 patients [26%]) than concentrations of ≥ 1.7 mg/liter (6/89 patients [7%]) (P < 0.01). Neurotoxic adverse events (visual and auditory hallucinations) occurred more frequently at voriconazole concentrations of < 5 mg/liter (10/31 patients [32%]) than at concentrations of ≤ 5 mg/liter (2/170 patients [1.2%]) (P < 0.01). Multiple regression analysis of voriconazole concentration identified associations between increasing patient weight, oral administration of voriconazole, and coadministration of phenytoin or rifampin and significantly reduced concentrations, and associations between increasing patient age and coadministration of proton pump inhibitors and increased concentrations. Coadministration of glucocorticoids was found to significantly reduce voriconazole concentrations, inferring a previously unreported drug interaction between glucocorticoids and voriconazole. Copyright © 2012, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved. Source

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