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Clin Ther. 2018 Mar;40(3):396-405.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2018.01.009. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

A Randomized Phase I Study Comparing the Pharmacokinetics of HD201, a Trastuzumab Biosimilar, With European Union-sourced Herceptin.

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Paul Strauss Cancer Center, Strasbourg, France. Electronic address:
Prestige BioPharma Pte Ltd, Singapore.



This first-in-human study of HD201 was designed to evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK) equivalence between this biosimilar candidate and trastuzumab sourced in the European Union (EU-trastuzumab)*.


In this randomized, blinded, single-dose comparative PK study, healthy male subjects were randomized to receive a single 6 mg/kg IV dose of HD201 or EU-trastuzumab. The primary PK end point was AUC0-∞. Equivalence was determined by using the predefined margins of 0.8 to 1.25. Other PK parameters were included as secondary end points.


Baseline demographic characteristics for the 73 randomized subjects were similar across the 2 groups: median age 29 and 30 years old (ranges 19 - 45), median weight 78.6 and 81.7 kg (ranges 60.2 - 101). The 90% CIs for the geometric least squares mean of the AUC0-∞ were included within the margins of 0.8 to 1.25. All other PK parameters were comparable for both HD201 and EU-trastuzumab. The proportions of subjects who experienced adverse events related to the study drug were 61.8% and 82.9% in the HD201 and EU-trastuzumab groups, respectively. The most frequently reported adverse events related to the study drug were infusion-related reactions. No subjects had positive results for antidrug antibodies after a single dose.


This study reported the PK equivalence between HD201 and EU-trastuzumab. HD201 was well tolerated with no safety concerns after single-dose administration in healthy male subjects. EudraCT No.: 2012-000805-56.


Herceptin; biosimilars; breast cancer; pharmacokinetics; trastuzumab

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