Dosage Optimization of Efavirenz Based on a Population Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacogenetic Model of HIV-infected Patients in Thailand.Clin Ther. 2020 May 22 [Online ahead of print]CT
Efavirenz exhibits high interindividual variability in plasma concentrations, leading to unpredictable efficacy and toxicity. Polymorphism of CYP2B6 516G > T has been found to predominantly contribute to efavirenz variability. However, dosage recommendations incorporating CYP2B6 516G > T polymorphism have not been investigated in the Thai population. This study aimed to develop a population model of the pharmacokinetic properties of efavirenz, and to investigate the impact of patients' characteristics and CYP2B6 516G > T polymorphism on the pharmacokinetic properties of efavirenz. Model-based simulations were performed to provide genotype-based dosage optimization in a Thai population.
Plasma efavirenz concentrations measured at 12 h post-dose in 360 Thai HIV-infected patients with and without tuberculosis were analyzed by the nonlinear mixed-effects modeling approach. A 1-compartment model with first-order absorption and elimination was used for describing the pharmacokinetic properties of efavirenz.
The allele frequency of CYP2B6 516G > T was 34.17%. The efavirenz oral clearance were 11.9, 8.0, and 2.8 L/h in patients weighing 57 kg and having the CYP2B6 516 GG, 516 GT, and 516 TT genotypes, respectively. The use of rifampicin increased efavirenz oral clearance by 28%. The results from the simulations suggest that efavirenz dosages of 400, 300, and 100 mg once daily in Thai HIV mono-infected patients, and 800, 600, and 200 mg once daily in HIV/tuberculosis co-infected patients carrying CYP2B6 516 GG, 516 GT, and 516 TT, respectively.
The results from this study provide a rationale for efavirenz dose adjustment based on CYP2B6 516G > T polymorphism in Thai HIV-infected patients, which could help to improve treatment outcomes in this population. ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01138267. (Clin Ther. 2020; 42:XXX-XXX) © 2020 Elsevier Inc.