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Pharmacokinetics and safety of olopatadine hydrochloride 0.77% in healthy subjects with asymptomatic eyes: data from 2 independent clinical studies

Authors Meier E, Narvekar A, Iyer GR, DuBiner HB, Vutikullird A, Wirta D, Sall K

Received 4 November 2016

Accepted for publication 16 February 2017

Published 10 April 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 669—681


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Edward Meier,1 Abhijit Narvekar,2 Ganesh R Iyer,2 Harvey B DuBiner,3 Apinya Vutikullird,4 David Wirta,5 Kenneth Sall6

1Apex Eye, Mason, OH, 2Alcon Research Ltd., Fort Worth, TX, 3Clayton Eye Center, Morrow, GA, 4WCCT Global, Cypress, 5Eye Research Foundation, Newport Beach, 6Sall Eye Research Medical Center, Artesia, CA, USA

Purpose: To assess the pharmacokinetics and safety of hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.77% olopatadine from 2 independent (Phase I and Phase III, respectively) clinical studies in healthy subjects.
Materials and methods: The Phase I, multicenter, randomized (2:1), vehicle-controlled study was conducted in subjects ≥18 years old (N=36) to assess the systemic pharmacokinetics of olopatadine 0.77% following single- and multiple-dose exposures. The Phase III, multicenter, randomized (2:1), vehicle-controlled study was conducted in subjects ≥2 years old (N=499) to evaluate long-term ocular safety of olopatadine 0.77%. Subjects received olopatadine 0.77% or vehicle once daily bilaterally for 7 days in the pharmacokinetic study and 6 weeks in the safety study.
Results: In the pharmacokinetic study, olopatadine 0.77% was absorbed slowly and reached a peak plasma concentration (Cmax) of 1.65 ng/mL following single-dose and 1.45 ng/mL following multiple-dose exposures in 2 hours (time to reach maximum plasma concentration [Tmax]). After reaching peak concentrations, olopatadine showed a similar mono-exponential decay following single and multiple doses with mean elimination half-life ranging from 2.90 to 3.40 hours. No accumulation in olopatadine exposure (Cmax and area under the plasma concentration–time curve from 0 to 12 hours) was evident after multiple doses when compared to single dose. In the safety study, treatment-emergent adverse events were reported in 26.7% and 31.4% of subjects with olopatadine 0.77% and vehicle, respectively. Blurred vision was the most frequent ocular treatment-emergent adverse event in both treatment groups (olopatadine 0.77% vs vehicle, 4.8% vs 4.1%). No deaths or serious adverse events were reported during the study.
Conclusion: Olopatadine 0.77% had minimal systemic exposure or accumulation in healthy subjects and was well tolerated in both adult and pediatric subjects.

Keywords: ocular allergy, allergic conjunctivitis, olopatadine, pharmacokinetics, safety

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