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Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Oct;98(4):406-16. doi: 10.1002/cpt.156. Epub 2015 Jul 14.

Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Comparison of Once-Daily Efavirenz (400 mg vs. 600 mg) in Treatment-Naïve HIV-Infected Patients: Results of the ENCORE1 Study.

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1
Department of Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
2
Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney, Australia.
3
Chelsea & Westminster Foundation Trust, London, UK.
4
Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa.
5
HIV-NAT Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
6
Hospital Ramos Mejía, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract

Daily efavirenz 400 mg (EFV400) was virologically noninferior to 600 mg (EFV600) at 48 weeks in treatment-naïve patients. We evaluated EFV400 and EFV600 pharmacokinetics (NONMEM v. 7.2), assessing patient demographics and genetic polymorphisms (CYP2B6, CYP2A6, CYP3A4, NR1I3) as covariates and explored relationships with efficacy (plasma HIV-RNA (pVL) <200 copies/mL) and safety outcomes at 48 weeks in 606 randomized ENCORE1 patients (female = 32%, African = 37%, Asian = 33%; EFV400 = 311, EFV600 = 295). CYP2B6 516G>T/983T>C/CYP2A6*9B/*17 and weight were associated with efavirenz CL/F. Exposure was significantly lower for EFV400 (geometric mean ratio, GMR; 90% confidence interval, CI: 0.73 (0.68-0.78)) but 97% (EFV400) and 98% (EFV600) of evaluable pVL was <200 copies/mL at 48 weeks (P = 0.802). Four of 20 patients with mid-dose concentrations <1.0 mg/L had pVL ≥200 copies/mL (EFV400 = 1; EFV600 = 3). Efavirenz exposure was similar between those with and without efavirenz-related side effects (GMR; 90% CI: 0.95 (0.88-1.02)). HIV suppression was comparable between doses despite significantly lower EFV400 exposure. Comprehensive evaluation of efavirenz pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics revealed important limitations in the accepted threshold concentration.

PMID:
26044067
PMCID:
PMC4744681
DOI:
10.1002/cpt.156
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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