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AAPS J. 2011 Mar;13(1):72-82. doi: 10.1208/s12248-010-9249-2. Epub 2011 Jan 6.

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis of hyperthermic intraperitoneal oxaliplatin-induced neutropenia in subjects with peritoneal carcinomatosis.

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  • 1Platform of Oncology, USP Hospital San Jaime, Partida de Loma s/n, 03184 Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain. belen.valenzuela@usphospitales.com

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  • AAPS J. 2011 Jun;13(2):318.


The objective of this study was to characterize the pharmacokinetics and the time course of the neutropenia-induced by hyperthermic intraperitoneal oxaliplatin (HIO) after cytoreductive surgery in cancer patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis. Data from 30 patients who received 360 mg/m(2) of HIO following cytoreductive surgery were used for pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) analysis. The oxaliplatin plasma concentrations were characterized by an open two-compartment pharmacokinetic model after first-order absorption from peritoneum to plasma. An oxaliplatin-sensitive progenitor cell compartment was used to describe the absolute neutrophil counts in blood. The reduction of the proliferation rate of the progenitor cells was modeled by a linear function of the oxaliplatin plasma concentrations. The typical values of oxaliplatin absorption and terminal half-lives were estimated to be 2.2 and 40 h, with moderate interindividual variability. Oxaliplatin reduced the proliferation rate of the progenitor cells by 18.2% per mg/L. No patient's covariates were related to oxaliplatin PK/PD parameters. Bootstrap and visual predictive check evidenced the model was deemed appropriate to describe oxaliplatin pharmacokinetics and the incidence and severity of neutropenia. A peritoneum oxaliplatin exposure of 65 and 120 mg·L/h was associated with a 20% and 33% incidence of neutropenia grade 4. The time course of neutropenia following HIO administration was well described by the semiphysiological PK/PD model. The maximum tolerated peritoneum oxaliplatin exposure is 120 mg L/h and higher exposures should be avoided in future studies. We suggest the prophylactic use of granulocyte colony stimulating factor for patients treated with HIO exposure higher than 65 mg L/h.

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