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Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a new biosimilar filgrastim TPI G-CSF in comparison to the marketed reference filgrastim Neupogen®: a double-blind, single-dose, two-period crossover trial

Authors Niazi S

Received 15 April 2015

Accepted for publication 14 September 2015

Published 3 November 2015 Volume 2015:5 Pages 93—101


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Shein-Chung Chow

Sarfaraz K Niazi

Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC, Chicago, IL, USA

Abstract: Biosimilar biological products are a safe and effective alternative to branded biological agents. One of the most common uses of the therapeutic protein filgrastim, a biological drug (recombinant human granulocyte-colony stimulating factor), is to reduce the occurrence and duration of severe neutropenia and its associated serious complications. TPI G-CSF, a filgrastim product under development by Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC, is a proposed biosimilar to Amgen's marketed filgrastim, Neupogen®. To evaluate bioequivalence, we conducted a double-blind, randomized, two-period crossover study that took place at a single center and had a washout period of at least 2 weeks. The pharmacokinetic endpoints (area under the concentration-time curve from time 0 to time of the last observed/measured non-zero concentration [AUC0-t], AUC from time 0 extrapolated to infinity [AUC0-inf], and maximum observed concentration [Cmax]) and the pharmacodynamic endpoints (baseline-corrected area under the effect curve from time zero to the last non-zero cell count data [AUEC0-t] and maximum observed effect [Emax]) for the absolute neutrophil count were compared after administration of a subcutaneous 5 µg/kg dose of TPI G-CSF or Neupogen® in 58 healthy adults. These 58 healthy subjects (72% male, 34.8±10.5 years, 77.1±14.1 kg) were randomly assigned to a treatment sequence group (TPI G-CSF-Neupogen® or Neupogen®-TPI G-CSF); subjects received a single subcutaneous injection of 5 µg/kg in each period. The 95% pharmacodynamic and 90% pharmacokinetic geometric confidence intervals of the ratio (TPI G-CSF/Neupogen®) of least-squares means from the analysis of variance of the natural log-transformed data for each parameter fell within the approved bioequivalence range of 80% to 125%. There were no serious adverse events in this study. Treatment-emergent adverse events were reported by 69% of the study subjects, with a similar incidence between treatments. The notable incidents were treatment-emergent injection site reactions. Injections of TPI G-CSF and Neupogen® appeared to be safe and equally well tolerated.

Keywords: filgrastim, G-CSF, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, ANC, WBC

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