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Phase I Pharmacokinetic Interaction Study of Efavirenz and American Ginseng in Healthy Volunteers

2014-08-27 03:13:10 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This is a 4-week sequential drug interaction study to measure the effects of American ginseng on efavirenz pharmacokinetics using steady-state 24-hour AUC and Cmax as the primary comparison measures in healthy male volunteers. Efavirenz Cmin, T1/2, tmax, and clearance will also be assessed as secondary outcome measures. This study is a phase I, prospective, within-subject, fixed-order, two-period, multiple dose, open label, drug interaction study, to determine the stead-state plasma pharmacokinetic profile of efavirenz before and after concurrent treatment with American ginseng. The investigators hypothesis is that concurrent oral administration of American ginseng for up to 14 days will not significantly alter the steady-state plasma pharmacokinetic of efavirenz.

Description

This study is supported by R01AT005526-01 grant awarded by NCCAM to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and mechanism of American ginseng in HIV-related fatigue. This is a 4-week sequential drug interaction study to measure the effects of American ginseng on efavirenz pharmacokinetics using steady-state 24-hour AUC and Cmax as the primary comparison measures in healthy male volunteers. Efavirenz Cmin, T1/2, tmax, and clearance will also be assessed as secondary outcome measures. This study is a phase I, prospective, within-subject, fixed-order, two-period, multiple dose, open label, drug interaction study, to determine the stead-state plasma pharmacokinetic profile of efavirenz before and after concurrent treatment with American ginseng. Therefore, this study will evaluate the effects of American ginseng on efavirenz plasma concentrations. Only efavirenz plasma concentrations will be measured in this study. American ginseng plasma concentrations will not be assessed in this study. Efavirenz plasma concentrations will be measured on study Days 14 and 28 (corresponding to weeks 2 and 4, respectively).

This is an important study because although American ginseng is a popular dietary supplement, the safety and efficacy of this agent in HIV-infected patients has not yet been established. A major concern regarding the safety of American ginseng in HIV-infected patients is the potential for herb-drug interactions that could alter the metabolism of antiretroviral drugs. Induction of drug metabolizing enzymes by dietary supplements such as American ginseng, could lead to a reduction in the therapeutic concentrations of these drugs and treatment failure. Inhibition of these drug metabolizing enzymes, on the other hand, could result in higher plasma concentrations of antiretroviral agents and potentially lead to increased toxicity.

Most antiretroviral drugs are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (CYP450) isoenzyme CYP3A4. Our preliminary data suggest that American ginseng does not significantly affect CYP3A4 activity in vivo. A recent study has also reported that the American ginseng-mediated induction of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase enzyme involved in the metabolism of the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) zidovudine and abacavir, and the integrase inhibitor raltegravir, does not significantly alter zidoduvine pharmacokinetics. However, data are not available concerning the effect of American ginseng on other major CYP 450 isoforms involved in the metabolism of antiretroviral drugs. For instance, the non- nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) efavirenz is also metabolized by CYP2B6 and only to a lesser extent by the CYP3A4 isoform. Therefore, a potential drug interaction between American ginseng and this popular NNRTI must be excluded before this herb can be safely used in HIV-infected patients. This study will complete the work that has been currently done characterizing the effects of American ginseng on major drug metabolizing enzymes.

DURATION:

The total duration of this study is five weeks. Participants will receive study medications during the first four weeks of the study. On week 5 participants will complete their final post treatment safety study visit.

POPULATION AND SAMPLE SIZE:

Fifteen adult healthy male volunteers will be enrolled in this study.

REGIMEN:

Period 1 Days 0-14 Daily efavirenz monotherapy 600 mg orally Efavirenz pharmacokinetic sampling on Day 14

Period 2 Days 15-28 Daily efavirenz 600 mg orally PLUS American ginseng 3000 mg orally Efavirenz pharmacokinetic sampling on Day 28

Because efavirenz is a Category D drug with positive evidence of fetal risk, only male healthy volunteers will be enrolled in this study. Our hypothesis is that concurrent oral administration of American ginseng for up to 14 days will not significantly alter the steady-state plasma pharmacokinetic of efavirenz.

Study Design

Control: Uncontrolled, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Conditions

Healthy Volunteers

Intervention

American ginseng

Location

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore
Maryland
United States
21287-5554

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Johns Hopkins University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:10-0400

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