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Afatinib pharmacokinetics and metabolism after oral administration to healthy male volunteers.

12:12 EDT 24th April 2014 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "Afatinib pharmacokinetics and metabolism after oral administration to healthy male volunteers."

To investigate the pharmacokinetics, metabolism and tolerability of afatinib (BIBW 2992), an oral irreversible ErbB family blocker, in healthy male volunteers.
In this open-label, single-center study, 8 healthy male volunteers received a single oral dose of 15 mg [(14)C]-radiolabeled afatinib (equivalent to 22.2 mg of the dimaleinate salt) as a solution. Blood, urine and fecal samples were collected for at least 96 hours (h) after dosing. Plasma and urine concentrations of afatinib were analyzed using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. [(14)C]-radioactivity levels in plasma, whole blood, urine and feces were measured by liquid scintillation counting methods. Metabolite patterns were assessed by high-performance liquid chromatography.
[(14)C]-radioactivity was mainly excreted via feces (85.4%). Overall recovery of [(14)C]-radioactivity was 89.5%, indicative of a complete mass balance. Afatinib was slowly absorbed, with maximum plasma concentrations achieved at a median of 6 h after dosing, declining thereafter in a biexponential manner. The geometric mean terminal half-life of afatinib was 33.9 h in plasma and longer for [(14)C]-radioactivity in plasma and whole blood. Apparent total body clearance for afatinib was high (geometric mean 1,530 mL/min). The high volume of distribution (4,500 L) in plasma may indicate a high tissue distribution. Afatinib was metabolized to only a minor extent, with the main metabolite afatinib covalently bound to plasma proteins. Oxidative metabolism mediated via cytochrome P-450 was of negligible importance for the elimination of afatinib. Afatinib was well tolerated.
Afatinib displayed a complete mass balance with the main route of excretion via feces. Afatinib undergoes minimal metabolism.


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Birkendorfer Strasse, 88400, Biberach an der Riss, Germany,

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Name: Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology
ISSN: 1432-0843


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