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Drug interaction assessment following concomitant administration of posaconazole and phenytoin in healthy men.

Author(s): Krishna G, Sansone-Parsons A, Kantesaria B

Affiliation(s): Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, USA. gopal.krishna@spcorp.com

Publication date & source: 2007-06, Curr Med Res Opin., 23(6):1415-22. Epub 2007 May 11.

OBJECTIVE: Posaconazole is an extended-spectrum triazole antifungal agent for the treatment and prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections. This randomized, open-label, parallel-group, multiple-dose study was conducted in healthy adult volunteers to assess the potential for a drug interaction between phenytoin and the posaconazole tablet formulation. METHODS: Subjects were randomly assigned for 10 days to one of the following treatments: posaconazole (200 mg once daily), phenytoin (200 mg once daily), or posaconazole (200 mg once daily) and phenytoin (200 mg once daily). Blood samples were collected on days 1 and 10 for pharmacokinetic evaluation of posaconazole and phenytoin concentrations. RESULTS: A total of 36 healthy men enrolled in the study. On day 1, the maximum plasma concentration (C(max)) and area under the concentration-time curve calculated from time 0-24 h post-dose (AUC(0-24)) were unchanged upon co-administration. At steady state (day 10), co-administration of posaconazole with phenytoin resulted in 44% (p = 0.012) and 52% (p = 0.007) decreases in posaconazole C(max) and AUC(0-24), respectively. These decreases in exposure corresponded with a 90% increase in steady-state clearance of orally administered posaconazole. Phenytoin C(max) and AUC(0-24) were not significantly altered upon co-administration of the two agents, 24% increase in C(max) (p = 0.196) and 25% increase in AUC(0-24) (p = 0.212) values, although inter-subject variability was observed within this group. CONCLUSION: Because co-administration of phenytoin and posaconazole significantly reduces posaconazole exposure and increases phenytoin levels in some subjects, concomitant use of these agents should be avoided unless the benefit outweighs the risk.

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