Population pharmacokinetics of amphotericin B lipid complex in neonates

Gudrun Würthwein, Andreas H. Groll, Georg Hempel, Felice C. Adler-Shohet, Jay M. Lieberman, Thomas J. Walsh

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The pharmacokinetics of amphotericin B lipid complex (ABLC) were investigated in neonates with invasive candidiasis enrolled in a phase II multicenter trial. Sparse blood (153 samples; 1 to 9 per patient, 1 to 254 h after the dose) and random urine and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples of 28 neonates (median weight [WT], 1.06 kg; range, 0.48 to 4.9 kg; median gestational age, 27 weeks; range, 24 to 41 weeks) were analyzed. Patients received intravenous ABLC at 2.5 (n = 15) or 5 (n = 13) mg/kg of body weight once a day over 1 or 2 h, respectively, for a median of 21 days (range, 4 to 47 days). Concentrations of amphotericin B were quantified as total drug by high-performance liquid chromatography. Blood data for time after dose (TAD) of <24 h fitted best to a one-compartment model with an additive-error model for residual variability, WT0.75 (where 0.75 is an exponent) as a covariate of clearance (CL), and WT as a covariate of volume of distribution (V). Prior amphotericin B, postnatal age, and gestational age did not further improve the model. The final model equations were CL (liters/h) = 0.399 × WT0.75 (interindividual variability, 35%) and V (liters) = 10.5 × WT (interindividual variability, 43%). Noncompartmental analysis of pooled data with a TAD of >24 h revealed a terminal half-life of 395 h. Mean concentrations in the urine after 1, 2, and 3 weeks ranged from 0.082 to 0.430 μg/ml, and those in CSF ranged from undetectable to 0.074 μg/ml. The disposition of ABLC in neonates was similar to that observed in other age groups: weight was the only factor that influenced clearance. Based on these results and previously published safety and efficacy data, we recommend a daily dosage between 2.5 and 5.0 mg/kg for treatment of invasive Candida infections in neonates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5092-5098
Number of pages7
JournalAntimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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