Telavancin pharmacokinetics in patients with chronic kidney disease receiving haemodialysis

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Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy


Background: Telavancin is a lipoglycopeptide antibiotic with limited pharmacokinetic data to guide drug dosing in patients receiving haemodialysis. Objectives: This study characterized telavancin pharmacokinetics in patients receiving haemodialysis. Patients and methods: This was a Phase IV, prospective, open-label, single-centre, crossover pharmacokinetic study ( NCT02392208). Eight subjects with end-stage kidney disease requiring maintenance haemodialysis (mean ± SD: 47 ± 20 years, 69.5 ± 17.1 kg) received 5 mg/kg telavancin IV 3 h before starting a 3.5 hour haemodialysis treatment with a high-permeability haemodialyser (haemodialysis period). After a 14 day washout period, a second 5 mg/kg dose was administered post-haemodialysis (control period). Telavancin plasma concentrations were measured over a 2 day period after each dose and non-compartmental pharmacokinetic analyses were performed. Results: The geometric mean (GM) of telavancin overall clearance was 11.2 mL/h/kg (intrinsic clearance and dialytic clearance) in the haemodialysis period and 5.9 mL/h/kg (off-haemodialysis clearance) in the control period [GM ratio (GMR) = 1.89; 90% CI: 1.70–2.10; P < 0.01]. The GM t1=2 was 13.1 h when haemodialysis occurred 3 h post-dosing in the haemodialysis period but extended to 20.9 h with post-haemodialysis dosing in the control period (GMR = 0.63; 90% CI: 0.54–0.73; P < 0.01). The GM of telavancin plasma concentrations removed by haemodialysis was 27.7%. The GMR of peak plasma concentration and volume of distribution of the haemodialysis period and the control period were 0.88 (90% CI: 0.79–0.98; P = 0.08) and 1.17 (90% CI: 1.05–1.30; P = 0.048), respectively. Conclusions: Haemodialysis with high-permeability haemodialysers removes telavancin considerably (~1=3 of body load). Telavancin 5 mg/kg every 48 h post-haemodialysis dosing is recommended, but dose adjustments may be warranted if haemodialysis starts within 3 h of telavancin administration.

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