Equivalent Pharmacokinetics of Mycophenolate Mofetil in African-American and Caucasian Male and Female Stable Renal Allograft Recipients

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  • African-American (AA) renal transplant recipients require higher doses of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) than Caucasians. A hypothesized pharmacokinetic (PK) difference was tested in stable renal transplant recipients. Whole blood was collected before, and 20, 40 and 75 min, and 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12 h after the MMF dose. Mycophenolic acid (MPA) and its glucuronide metabolite (MPAG) were analyzed using HPLC. Analysis of variance was performed for the primary end-points of dose-adjusted PK parameters AUC0-12 and C max of MPA using log-transformed values. Differences between races and genders were estimated: 90% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. Back-transformation gave estimates of the race and gender ratio and their CI. Equivalence of the groups was determined if the 90% confidence limits were included in the interval (0.80, 1.25). The calculated PK parameters were comparable among the four subgroups (Caucasian, AA, Male, Female). The 90% CIs for the ratio of dose-adjusted AUC0-12 of MPA between races were between 89.7 and 112.9%. There were no race, gender or race-by-gender effects (p-values = 0.196) nor differences between diabetics and nondiabetics. This study demonstrates that dosing requirement for MMF in AA and Caucasians is unlikely to be related to different exposures to MPA.
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  • Pescovitz MD; Guasch A; Gaston R; Rajagopalan P; Tomlanovich S; Weinstein S; Bumgardner GL; Melton L; Ducray PS; Bankeni L
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