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Pharmacokinetic Studies of Tacrolimus in Transplant Patients

Information source: University of Cincinnati
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Condition(s) targeted: Kidney Transplant Recipients; Liver Transplant Recipients

Intervention: Prograf (Drug); Tacrolimus (Drug); Tacrolimus (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of Cincinnati

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Rita R Alloway, PharmD, FCCP, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Cincinnati


The study is designed to compare the steady-state pharmacokinetics of Prograf (Brand) and the two most disparate generic formulations (Generic Hi and Generic Lo) in a fully replicated, 3-way cross-over study in stable kidney (n=36) and liver transplant (n=36) subjects.

Clinical Details

Official title: Pharmacokinetic Studies of Tacrolimus in Transplant Patients

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics/Dynamics Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome:

Comparison of bioequivalence between brand name prograf to generic Hi tacrolimus in all participants

Comparison of bioequivalence between brand name prograf to generic Lo tacrolimus in all participants

Comparison of bioequivalence between generic Hi tacrolimus to generic Lo tacrolimus in all participants

Secondary outcome:

Comparing the bioavailability of each tacrolimus formulations in stable kidney and liver transplant subjects using the dose-normalized C0, C12, AUC0-12h and Cmax data

Evaluating intra-patient variability of tacrolimus pharmacokinetics of each formulation by comparing C0, C12, AUC0-12h, and Cmax

Evaluating and comparing the pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus metabolites in terms of C0, C12, AUC0-12h, Cmax and intra-individual variability

Comparing the safety of Prograf, Generic Hi and Generic Lo in stable kidney and liver transplant subjects

Comparing the efficacy of Prograf, Generic Hi and Generic Lo in stable kidney and liver transplant subjects

Detailed description: To identify the most disparate tacrolimus generic drug formulations among those currently approved in the United States. We will conduct systematic dissolution testing of the brand and all currently approved tacrolimus drug formulations using the FDA-recommended dissolution method. We propose to test and compare the 1mg capsule strength (3 production lots/ manufacturer). In addition, we will compare the different formulations in terms of potency, purity and other quality attributes. This work will be carried out in the GMP-compliant facilities of The University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals and the University of Colorado. Based on these studies the two most disparate generic tacrolimus formulations (Generic Hi and Generic Lo) will be selected and compared with the Brand (PrografR, Astellas, Deerfield, IL) in the clinical trial. This is an open label, prospective, multicenter, randomized, replicate, six-period, three-sequence cross-over study to compare the steady state pharmacokinetics of PrografR to Generic Hi to Generic Lo in stable kidney and liver transplant subjects. The PK assessor will be blinded to the assigned treatment sequence and formulation. The person analyzing the levels and analyzing the results will be blinded to formulation sequence. Each subject will be randomized to one of the three sequences where Generic Hi and Generic Lo represent the two generics and B the brand, Prograf. The blood samples will be collected at C0 (before morning dose) and then 20, 40, 60(1hr), 80, 100, 120(2hr), 140, 160, 180(3hr) minutes, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 12 hour after dosing with each formulation. Adherence will be monitored by patient diary, pill counts, and MEMS cap. Safety and efficacy parameters will be monitored weekly. This study will be carried out in full compliance with the rules of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) including development of an electronic database and monitoring plan. Resulting pharmacokinetic parameters will be analyzed by a variety of pharmacokinetic tests such as narrower acceptance intervals, individual and scaled average bioequivalence was well as population pharmacokinetics.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. ≥18 years old, male or female 2. Able to participate and willing to give written informed consent and to comply with the study visits and restrictions. 3. Subject who has received a primary or secondary kidney or liver transplant. 4. Subject who is at least 6 months post-transplant and on a stable dose of tacrolimus as defined by physician, one tacrolimus trough level within the physician defined target range within past 6 months and one additional trough level during the screening period within 30% of the physician defined target range. 5. BMI greater than or equal to 19 but less than or equal to 40. 6. Ability to perform daily finger sticks to provide blood sample Exclusion Criteria: 1. Evidence of any acute rejection 2. Subjects who require dialysis within 6 months prior to study entry 3. Recipients of multiple organ transplants 4. Subjects who have tested positive for HBsAG or HIV, or who are recipients of organ from donors who are known to be HBsAG or HIV positive. Virology screening at the time of transplant. 5. Hep C positive subjects with liver biopsy proven recurrent disease considered relevant by physician oversight. 6. Subjects with any severe medical condition requiring acute or chronic treatment that in the investigator's opinion would interfere with study participation 7. History of malignancy, treated or untreated, with the past 2 years with the exception of carcinoma in situ or excised basal cell carcinoma, or hepatocellular carcinoma prior to transplant. 8. GFR ≤ 35 ml/min measured as estimated using the MDRD4 formula 9. Subjects with AST, ALT, total bilirubin ≥ 3 X ULN or other evidence of severe liver disease 10. Subjects with white blood cell (WBC) count ≤2,000/ mm3 or with thrombocytopenia (platelet count ≤ 75,000/ mm3), with an absolute neutrophil count of ≤ 1,500/ mm3 or hemoglobin <8g/dL) 11. Subjects with clinically significant infections, requiring therapy, which, in the investigator's opinion, would interfere with the objectives of the study 12. Other mental or physical conditions which in the investigator's opinion, are considered clinically significant 13. Presence of intractable immunosuppressant complications or side effects resulting in dose adjustment of tacrolimus 14. Subjects who have been exposed to an investigational therapy within 30 days prior to enrollment or 5 half-lives of the investigational product, whichever is greater. 15. An anticipated change in the immunosuppressive regimen during subject participation other than that required by the protocol 16. Subject with severe GI disturbance or diarrhea which could interfere with tacrolimus absorption 17. Severe diabetic gastroparesis 18. Initiation of any medications that could interfere with tacrolimus blood levels, including OTC medications, herbal supplements, grapefruit or grapefruit juice. 19. Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women, where pregnancy is defined as the state of a female after conception and until the termination of gestation, confirmed by a positive BhCG laboratory test (> 5 mIU/mL) 20. Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, unless they are 1. women whose career, lifestyle, or sexual orientation precludes intercourse with a male partner; women whose partners have been sterilized by vasectomy or 2. using a highly effective method of birth control (i. e. one that results in a less than 1% per year failure rate when used consistently and correctly, such as implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, and some intrauterine devices (IUDs); periodic abstinence (e. g. calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post-ovulation methods) is not acceptable.

Locations and Contacts

The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267, United States

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267, United States

Additional Information

Starting date: June 2013
Last updated: April 28, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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