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Shah R.R.,Rashmi Shah Consultancy Ltd | Smith R.L.,Imperial College London
Drug Metabolism and Disposition | Year: 2015

Phenoconversion transiently converts genotypic extensive metabolizers (EMs) into phenotypic poor metabolizers (PMs) of drugs, potentially with corresponding changes in clinical response. This phenomenon, typically resulting from coadministration of medications that inhibit certain drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs), is especially well documented for enzymes of the cytochrome P450 family. Nonclinical evidence gathered over the last two decades also strongly implicates elevated levels of some proinflammatory cytokines, released during inflammation, in down-regulation of drug metabolism, especially by certain DMEs of the P450 family, thereby potentially causing transient phenoconversion. Clinically, phenoconversion of NAT2, CYP2C19, and CYP2D6 has been documented in inflammatory conditions associated with elevated cytokines, such as human immunodeficiency virus infection, cancer, and liver disease. The potential of other inflammatory conditions to cause phenoconversion has not been studied but experimental and anecdotal clinical evidence supports infectioninduced down-regulation of CYP1A2, CYP3A4, and CYP2C9 as well. Collectively, the evidence supports a hypothesis that certain inflammatory conditions associated with elevated proinflammatory cytokines may cause phenoconversion of certain DMEs. Since inflammatory conditions associated with elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines are highly prevalent, phenoconversion of genotypic EM patients into transient phenotypic PMs may be more frequent than appreciated. Since drug pharmacokinetics, and therefore the clinical response, is influenced by DME phenotype rather than genotype per se, phenoconversion (whatever its cause) can have a significant impact on the analysis and interpretation of genotype-focused clinical outcome association studies. There is a risk that focusing on genotype alone may miss important associations between clinical outcomes and DME phenotypes, thus compromising future prospects of personalized medicine. © 2015 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Shah R.R.,Rashmi Shah Consultancy Ltd | Morganroth J.,eResearch Technology
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Year: 2013

The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidance ICH E14 provides recommendations, focusing on a clinical 'thorough QT/QTc (TQT) study', to evaluate the QT liability of a drug during its development. An Implementation Working Group (IWG) was also established to assist the sponsors with any uncertainties and clarify any ambiguities. In April 2012, the IWG updated its June 2008 version of the Questions and Answers document to address additional issues. These include the gender of the study population, a reasonable approach to evaluating QTc changes in late stage clinical development and the recommended approach to correcting the measured QT interval. This commentary provides our observations and, when appropriate, recommendations, on these issues. We review briefly evidence that suggests that (i) the greater QT effect observed in females is not entirely related to differences in drug exposure and (ii) the Fridericia correction of measured QT interval is adequate for a majority of TQT studies. Until further evidence suggests otherwise, we recommend balanced gender representation in TQT studies, unless warranted otherwise, and for positive studies, subgroup analysis of key data by common demographic variables including the gender and ethnicity. We provide a general scheme for ECG monitoring in late phase clinical trials and consider that while intensive monitoring and centralized reading of ECGs in late phase clinical trials is the norm when a TQT study is positive, there are other circumstances that also call for high quality ECG reading. Therefore, locally read ECGs should only be acceptable as long as accurate high quality ECG data can be guaranteed. © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society.

Shah R.R.,Rashmi Shah Consultancy Ltd
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Year: 2013

Inter-ethnic differences in drug responses have been well documented. Drug-induced QT interval prolongation is a major safety concern and therefore, regulatory authorities recommend a clinical thorough QT study (TQT) to investigate new drugs for their QT-prolonging potential. A positive study, determined by breach of a preset regulatory threshold, significantly influences late phase clinical trials by requiring intense ECG monitoring. A few studies that are currently available, although not statistically conclusive at present, question the assumption that ethnicity of the study population may not influence the outcome of a TQT study. Collective consideration of available pharmacogenetic and clinical information suggests that there may be inter-ethnic differences in QT-prolonging effects of drugs and that Caucasians may be more sensitive than other populations. The information also suggest s that (a) these differences may depend on the QT-prolonging potency of the drug and (b) exposure-response (E-R) analysis may be more sensitive than simple changes in QTc interval in unmasking this difference. If the QT response in Caucasians is generally found to be more intense than in non-Caucasians, there may be significant regulatory implications for domestic acceptance of data from a TQT study conducted in foreign populations. However, each drug will warrant an individual consideration when extrapolating the results of a TQT studyfrom one ethnic population to another and the ultimate clinical relevance of any difference. Further adequately designed and powered studies, investigating the pharmacologic properties and E-R relationships of additional drugs with different potencies, are needed in Caucasians, Oriental/Asian and African populations before firm conclusions can be drawn. © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society.

Shah R.R.,Rashmi Shah Consultancy Ltd | Morganroth J.,eResearch Technology
Drug Safety | Year: 2015

We previously reviewed the cardiovascular safety of 16 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), approved for use in oncology as of 30 September 2012. Since then, the indications for some of them have been widened and an additional nine TKIs have also been approved as of 30 April 2015. Eight of these nine are indicated for use in oncology and one (nintedanib) for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This report is an update on the cardiovascular safety of those 16 TKIs, including the post-marketing data concerning their pro-arrhythmic effects, and reviews the cardiovascular safety of the nine new TKIs approved since (afatinib, cabozantinib, ceritinib, dabrafenib, ibrutinib, lenvatinib, nintedanib, ponatinib, and trametinib). As before, we focus on specific aspects of cardiovascular safety, namely their potential to induce QT interval prolongation, left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and hypertension but now also summarise the risks of arterial thromboembolic events (ATEs) associated with these agents. Of the newer TKIs, cabozantinib and ceritinib have been shown to induce a mild to moderate degree of QTc interval prolongation while cardiac dysfunction has been reported with the use of afatinib, dabrafenib, lenvatinib, ponatinib and trametinib. The label for axitinib was revised to include a new association with cardiac dysfunction. Hypertension is associated with cabozantinib, lenvatinib, nintedanib, ponatinib and trametinib. Ponatinib, within 10 months of its approval in December 2012, required voluntary (temporary) suspension of its marketing until significant safety revisions (restricted indication, additional warnings and precautions about the risk of arterial occlusion and thromboembolic events and amended dose) were made to its label. Compared with the previous 16 TKIs, more of the recently introduced TKIs are associated with the risk of LV dysfunction, and fewer with QT prolongation. Available data on morbidity and mortality associated with TKIs, together with post-marketing experience with lapatinib and ponatinib, emphasise the need for effective pharmacovigilance and ongoing re-assessment of their risk/benefit after approval of these novel agents. If not adequately managed, these cardiovascular effects significantly decrease the quality of life and increase the morbidity and mortality in a population already at high risk. Evidence accumulated over the last decade suggests that their clinical benefit, although worthwhile, is modest and extends only to progression-free survival and complete response without any effect on overall survival. During uncontrolled use in routine clinical practice, their risk/benefit is likely to be inferior to that perceived from highly controlled clinical trials. © 2015, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Shah R.R.,Rashmi Shah Consultancy Ltd | Smith R.L.,Imperial College London
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Phenoconversion is a phenomenon that converts genotypic extensive metabolizers (EMs) into phenotypic poor metabolizers (PMs) of drugs, thereby modifying their clinical response to that of genotypic PMs. Phenoconversion, usually resulting from nongenetic extrinsic factors, has a significant impact on the analysis and interpretation of genotype-focused clinical outcome association studies and personalizing therapy in routine clinical practice. The high phenotypic variability or genotype-phenotype mismatch, frequently observed due to phenoconversion within the genotypic EM population, means that the real number of phenotypic PM subjects may be greater than predicted from their genotype alone, because many genotypic EMs would be phenotypically PMs. If the phenoconverted population with genotype-phenotype mismatch, most extensively studied for CYP2D6, is as large as the evidence suggests, there is a real risk that genotype-focused association studies, typically correlating only the genotype with clinical outcomes, may miss clinically strong pharmacogenetic associations, thus compromising any potential for advancing the prospects of personalized medicine. This review focuses primarily on co-medication-induced phenoconversion and discusses potential approaches to rectify some of the current shortcomings. It advocates routine phenotyping of subjects in genotype-focused association studies and proposes a new nomenclature to categorize study populations. Even with strong and reliable data associating patients' genotypes with clinical outcome(s), there are problems clinically in applying this knowledge into routine pharmacotherapy because of potential genotype-phenotype mismatch. Drug-induced phenoconversion during routine clinical practice remains a major public health issue. Therefore, the principal challenges facing personalized medicine, which need to be addressed, include identification of the following factors: (i) drugs that are susceptible to phenoconversion; (ii) co-medications that can cause phenoconversion; and (iii) dosage amendments that need to be applied during and following phenoconversion. © 2014 The British Pharmacological Society.

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