Validation Study of Multiple Probe Compounds for Drug Interaction Evaluation

2014-08-27 03:19:50 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to identify and validate a probe cocktail for use in future GSK drug-drug interaction studies. Cytochrome P450 enzymes and transport proteins play important roles in the disposition of drugs. Changes in the activity of these pathways can be assessed using probe drugs selected on the basis of their metabolic or transport pathway. This will be a two part study with the same subjects participating in both parts to decrease variability in data. The purpose of Part 1 is to identify a set of probe drugs ('cocktail') which do not interact with one another; groups of healthy volunteers will receive 7 probe drugs individually and as a single combination of the 7 drugs given together as a cocktail. The pathways which mediate clearance of the selected probe drugs are CYP1A2, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP3A4, CYP2D6 and OATP1B1. Between Part 1 and 2, there will be a pharmacokinetic analysis period of approximately 6 weeks when subjects do not have to visit the clinic. If substantial PK interactions are observed, a conditional Part 1B may be performed to evaluate a modified cocktail where probes subject to interaction are removed. Part 2 will assess the performance of the probe cocktail using three known inhibitors (validation). The inhibitors plus probe cocktail will evaluate the ability of the newly established cocktail to accurately quantify metabolizing enzyme or transporter inhibition, representing a fundamental advance in probe cocktail validation and utility for drug development.


The primary purpose of this study is to establish a validated drug cocktail, containing up to 7 probes, for assessing the activity of six drug metabolizing enzymes (CYP 1A2, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, 3A4/5) and the OATP1B1 transporter. In Part 1, the study will determine if there are pharmacokinetic interactions among the probe drugs by comparing the pharmacokinetics of the probe drugs when administered alone and in combination (i.e., as a cocktail). In Part 2, the study will evaluate the quantitative performance of the cocktail by examining the effect of select inhibitors on the pharmacokinetics of respective probe drugs when the probe drugs are administered alone versus when administered in the cocktail.

The validation step in Part 2 represents a fundamental advance in cocktail studies, as it will provide novel data on whether a DDI study utilizing a cocktail approach yields a quantitatively accurate result compared to a traditional one-probe, one-inhibitor DDI study design. For example, 'is a similar magnitude of increase in the AUC of midazolam observed when midazolam alone is given with ketoconazole compared to when a cocktail (containing midazolam) is given with ketoconazole? ' This study will directly test whether the two results are similar; if they are similar, then the study will provide substantial support to advance cocktail studies from a DDI screening tool to a definitive (quantitatively accurate) study design.

This study aims to establish a standard probe cocktail that can be used for drug-drug interaction studies, with the intention that any subset of the 7-drug cocktail could be selected for study with a drug in development (i.e., the cocktail could be streamlined to contain only the specific pathways affected by the study drug based on in vitro data).

In addition, this study will provide a proof-of-principle evaluation of dried blood spot technology as a method to measure drug concentrations in blood samples collected from clinical studies. Results from the drug blood spot analysis will be reported separately by DMPK. Dried blood spot technology offers advantages in sample volume, preparation, storage, shipment, and analysis which could translate into improved convenience, reduced blood volumes, and cost savings if the technique is shown to be suitable for PK analysis of biological samples.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science


Healthy Volunteer


Ketoconazole, Fluconazole, Rifampin, Quinidine, Gemfibrozil, Fluvoxamine, Rosiglitazone, Flurbiprofen, Omeprazole, Caffeine, Dextromethorphan, Midazolam, Rosuvastatin


GSK Investigational Site
Korea, Republic of





Results (where available)

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