Pharmacokinetic Drug-Drug Interactions Between Letermovir and the Immunosuppressants Cyclosporine, Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, and Mycophenolate Mofetil.

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Summary of "Pharmacokinetic Drug-Drug Interactions Between Letermovir and the Immunosuppressants Cyclosporine, Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, and Mycophenolate Mofetil."

Letermovir (AIC246, MK-8228) is a human cytomegalovirus terminase inhibitor indicated for the prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus infection and disease in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients that is also being investigated for use in other transplant settings. Many transplant patients receive immunosuppressant drugs, of which several have narrow therapeutic ranges. There is a potential for the coadministration of letermovir with these agents, and any potential effect on their pharmacokinetics (PK) must be understood. Five phase 1 trials were conducted in 73 healthy female participants to evaluate the effect of letermovir on the PK of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus, and mycophenolic acid (active metabolite of mycophenolate mofetil [MMF]), as well as the effect of cyclosporine and MMF on letermovir PK. Safety and tolerability were also assessed. Coadministration of letermovir with cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus resulted in 1.7-, 2.4-, and 3.4-fold increases in area under the plasma concentration-time curve and 1.1-, 1.6-, and 2.8-fold increases in maximum plasma concentration, respectively, of the immunosuppressants. Coadministration of letermovir and MMF had no meaningful effect on the PK of mycophenolic acid. Coadministration with cyclosporine increased letermovir area under the plasma concentration-time curve by 2.1-fold and maximum plasma concentration by 1.5-fold, while coadministration with MMF did not meaningfully affect the PK of letermovir. Given the increased exposures of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus, frequent monitoring of concentrations should be performed during administration and at discontinuation of letermovir, with dose adjustment as needed. These data support the reduction in clinical dosage of letermovir (to 240 mg) upon coadministration with cyclosporine.


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Name: Journal of clinical pharmacology
ISSN: 1552-4604


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