Pharmacokinetic and Exposure Response Analysis of the Double-Blind Randomized Study of Posaconazole and Voriconazole for Treatment of Invasive Aspergillosis

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Background and Objective: A double-blind phase 3 study was conducted to compare posaconazole 300 mg intravenously (IV)/300 mg orally once daily (twice daily day 1) with voriconazole 4 mg/kg IV twice daily/200 mg orally twice daily (6 mg/kg day 1) for treatment of invasive aspergillosis. This analysis was conducted to summarize the pharmacokinetics and exposure–response relationships of posaconazole and voriconazole using plasma trough concentration (C trough) as a surrogate for exposure from the double-blind phase 3 study. Methods: The pharmacokinetic evaluable population included all intention-to-treat (ITT) participants with at least one plasma concentration during the treatment period. Treatment blinding was maintained without therapeutic drug monitoring. C trough sampling occurred throughout treatment; efficacy and safety were evaluated using quartiles determined by mean C trough concentrations. Exposure efficacy variables included day 42 all-cause mortality (primary study endpoint) and global clinical response. Exposure safety variables included all adverse events and treatment-related adverse events. Results: The pharmacokinetic analysis population included 506 of 575 ITT participants (437 with C trough concentrations: 228 posaconazole, 209 voriconazole). No trend was seen across quartiles of posaconazole C trough for the key efficacy endpoint of all-cause mortality through day 42. Participants in the highest quartile of voriconazole C trough had higher all-cause mortality through day 42 than participants in the lower three quartiles of voriconazole C trough. Similar findings were observed for global clinical response and C trough. No clear exposure safety trend by quartile was seen for posaconazole or voriconazole. Conclusions: A strong exposure–response relationship was not observed across the range of exposure from the administered doses and formulations for posaconazole or voriconazole. Trial registration:: NCT01782131; registered January 30, 2013.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-690
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Drug Investigation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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