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Kakuda T.N.,Tibotec Inc | Scholler-Gyure M.,Tibotec BVBA | Hoetelmans R.M.W.,Tibotec BVBA
Clinical Pharmacokinetics | Year: 2011

Etravirine (formerly TMC125) is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) with activity against wild-type and NNRTI-resistant strains of HIV-1. Etravirine has been approved in several countries for use as part of highly active antiretroviral therapy in treatment-experienced patients.In vivo, etravirine is a substrate for, and weak inducer of, the hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoenzyme 3A4 and a substrate and weak inhibitor of CYP2C9 and CYP2C19. Etravirine is also a weak inhibitor of P-glycoprotein. An extensive drug-drug interaction programme in HIV-negative subjects has been carried out to assess the potential for pharmacokinetic interactions between etravirine and a variety of non-antiretroviral drugs.Effects of atorvastatin, clarithromycin, methadone, omeprazole, oral contraceptives, paroxetine, ranitidine and sildenafil on the pharmacokinetic disposition of etravirine were of no clinical relevance. Likewise, etravirine had no clinically significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of fluconazole, methadone, oral contraceptives, paroxetine or voriconazole. No clinically relevant interactions are expected between etravirine and azithromycin or ribavirin, therefore, etravirine can be combined with these agents without dose adjustment.Fluconazole and voriconazole increased etravirine exposure 1.9- and 1.4-fold, respectively, in healthy subjects, however, no increase in the incidence of adverse effects was observed in patients receiving etravirine and fluconazole during clinical trials, therefore, etravirine can be combined with these antifungals although caution is advised.Digoxin plasma exposure was slightly increased when co-administered with etravirine. No dose adjustments of digoxin are needed when used in combination with etravirine, however, it is recommended that digoxin levels should be monitored. Caution should be exercised in combining rifabutin with etravirine in the presence of certain boosted HIV protease inhibitors due to the risk of decreased exposure to etravirine. Although adjustments to the dose of clarithromycin are unnecessary for the treatment of most infections, the use of an alternative macrolide (e.g. azithromycin) is recommended for the treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex infection since the overall activity of clarithromycin against this pathogen may be altered when co-administered with etravirine. Dosage adjustments based on clinical response are recommended for clopidogrel, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (e.g. atorvastatin) and for phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors (e.g. sildenafil) because changes in the exposure of these medications in the presence of co-administered etravirine may occur.When co-administered with etravirine, a dose reduction or alternative to diazepam is recommended. When combining etravirine with warfarin, the international normalized ratio (INR) should be monitored. Systemic dexamethasone should be co-administered with caution, or an alternative to dexamethasone be found as dexamethasone induces CYP3A4. Caution is also warranted when co-administering etravirine with some antiarrhythmics, calcineurin inhibitors (e.g. ciclosporin) and antidepressants (e.g. citalopram). Co-administration of etravirine with some antiepileptics (e.g. carbamazepine and phenytoin), rifampicin (rifampin), rifapentine or preparations containing St Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum) is currently not recommended as these are potent inducers of CYP3A andor CYP2C and may potentially decrease etravirine exposure. Antiepileptics that are less likely to interact based on their known pharmacological properties include gabapentin, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and pregabalin.Overall, pharmacokinetic and clinical data show etravirine to be well tolerated and generally safe when given in combination with non-antiretroviral agents, with minimal clinically significant drug interactions and no need for dosage adjustments of etravirine in any of the cases, or of the non-antiretroviral agent in the majority of cases studied. © 2011 Adis Data Information BV. All rights reserved. Source

Overton E.T.,University of Alabama at Birmingham | Arathoon E.,Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia | Baraldi E.,Trialtech Clinical Research | Tomaka F.,Tibotec Inc
HIV Clinical Trials | Year: 2012

Highly active antiretroviral therapy regimens, consisting of a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor (PI) and 2 nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, are established first-line regimens for HIV-infected patients. However, a common adverse effect in patients receiving PIs is dyslipidemia, characterized by increases in plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol (TC). These lipid changes, as well as other well-described risk factors, may predispose patients to the development of cardiovascular disease, an important comorbidity, especially as the lifespan of HIV-infected patients has increased dramatically in recent years. Among PIs, ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (ATV/r) and, more recently, ritonavir-boosted darunavir (DRV/r) have demonstrated potent antiviral efficacy with more favorable lipid profiles than other PIs. This review provides an overview of the lipid effects of DRV/r. Studies with DRV/r in healthy volunteers and in both treatment-naïve and -experienced patients have demonstrated that changes in tri-glycerides and TC are comparable to those seen with ATV/r. © 2012 Thomas Land Publishers, Inc. Source

Kakuda T.N.,Tibotec Inc | Scholler-Gyure M.,Tibotec BVBA | Hoetelmans R.M.W.,Tibotec BVBA
Antiviral Therapy | Year: 2010

Etravirine is an effective and well-tolerated recently approved non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) for HIV type-1-infected patients with previous antiretroviral treatment experience. Considering the importance of combining antiretrovirals for their optimal use in treating HIV, a number of drug-drug interactions with etravirine and other antiretrovirals have been evaluated. Etravirine is a weak inducer of cytochrome P450 (CYP)3A and a weak inhibitor of CYP2C9/CYP2C19 and P-glycoprotein, and although etravirine is metabolized by the CYP enzyme system, the extent of clinically relevant interactions with other antiretrovirals is limited. Etravirine can be combined with all currently available nucleoside/nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors without dose adjustments, but not with other NNRTIs. Available data indicate that etravirine can be coadministered with most of the currently available ritonavir-boosted HIV protease inhibitors. Coadministration with tipranavir/ritonavir or unboosted HIV protease inhibitors is not recommended because of clinically relevant changes in exposure to etravirine or the coadministered HIV protease inhibitor, respectively. Etravirine can be coadministered with the integrase inhibitors elvitegravir/ritonavir or raltegravir, and with the fusion inhibitor enfuvirtide, without dose adjustments. Dose adjustment of the C-C chemokine receptor type-5 antagonist maraviroc is required, with the type of adjustment depending on whether a boosted HIV protease inhibitor is included in the regimen. In conclusion, etravirine can be combined with most antiretrovirals, with no clinically meaningful effect on drug exposure or safety/tolerability profiles. ©2010 International Medical Press. Source

Crauwels H.,Tibotec BVBA | Vingerhoets J.,Tibotec BVBA | Ryan R.,Tibotec Inc | Witek J.,Tibotec Therapeutics | Anderson D.,Tibotec Therapeutics
Antiviral Therapy | Year: 2012

Background: Rilpivirine and efavirenz share metabolic pathways (CYP3A), potentially leading to drug-drug interactions. We report the pharmacokinetics, ex vivo antiviral activity and safety of rilpivirine, following efavirenz treatment. Methods: HIV-negative adults received in fixed sequence: treatment A (rilpivirine 25 mg once daily for 14 days, followed by a washout), treatment B (efavirenz 600 mg once daily for 14 days), immediately followed by treatment C (rilpivirine 25 mg once daily for 28 days). Rilpivirine pharmacokinetic profiles were determined on days 1 and 14 of treatment A and days 1, 14, 21 and 28 of treatment C. Ex vivo antiviral activity was measured in treatments A and C using an exploratory assay. Safety was evaluated throughout. Results: From days 1 to 21, higher mean rilpivirine exposure was observed with treatment A compared with treatment C. The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC 24 h) least squares (LS) means ratio (90% CI) for treatment C versus treatment A was 0.54 (0.46, 0.64; Day 1), 0.82 (0.75, 0.89; Day 14) and 0.84 (0.74, 0.94; Day 21). By day 28 of treatment C, the main rilpivirine pharmacokinetic parameters were similar to day 14 of treatment A (AUC 24 h LS means ratio [90% CI], 0.91 [0.82, 1.01]), except for the minimum plasma concentration. At each time point in treatment C, samples of >80% of subjects demonstrated similar ex vivo antiviral activity compared with treatment A. All adverse events were grade 1 or 2. Conclusions: These results provide useful information supporting a clinical study evaluating HIV-1-positive subjects switching from efavirenz to rilpivirine. ©2012 International Medical Press. Source

Foster G.R.,University of London | Hezode C.,University Paris Est Creteil | Bronowicki J.,University of Lorraine | Carosi G.,University of Brescia | And 6 more authors.
Gastroenterology | Year: 2011

Background & Aims: We evaluated antiviral activity of 2 weeks therapy with telaprevir alone, peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin (PR), or all 3 drugs (TPR) in treatment-nave patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2 or 3 infections. Methods: We performed a randomized, multicenter, partially blinded study of patients (23 with HCV genotype 2, 26 with genotype 3) who received telaprevir (750 mg every 8 h), placebo plus PR (peginterferon, 180 μg, once weekly and ribavirin, 400 mg, twice daily), or TPR for 15 days, followed by PR for 22 or 24 weeks. Plasma levels of HCV RNA were quantified. Results: Levels of HCV RNA decreased in all patients with HCV genotype 2, including those who received telaprevir monotherapy. The decrease was more rapid among patients who received telaprevir. By day 15, 0% (telaprevir), 40% (TPR), and 22% (PR) of patients with HCV genotype 2 had undetectable levels of HCV RNA; rates of sustained virologic response were 56%, 100%, and 89%, respectively. Overall, 6 of 9 HCV genotype 2 patients that received only telaprevir had viral breakthrough within 15 days after an initial response. HCV RNA levels decreased slightly among patients with HCV genotype 3 who received telaprevir and decreased rapidly among patients given PR or TPR (telaprevir had no synergistic effects with PR). Sustained virologic response rates were 50%, 67%, and 44% among patients given telaprevir, TPR, or PR respectively; 7 patients with HCV genotype 3 relapsed after therapy (2 given telaprevir, 3 given TPR, and 2 given PR) and 3 patients with HCV genotype 3 had viral breakthrough during telaprevir monotherapy. The incidence of adverse events was similar among groups. Conclusions: Telaprevir monotherapy for 2 weeks reduces levels of HCV RNA in patients with chronic HCV genotype 2 infections, but has limited activity in patients with HCV genotype 3. © 2011 AGA Institute. Source

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