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Two-way pharmacokinetic interaction studies between saxagliptin and cytochrome P450 substrates or inhibitors: simvastatin, diltiazem extended-release, and ketoconazole

Authors Patel C, Li Li, Girgis S, Kornhauser DM, Frevert EU, Boulton D

Published 22 June 2011 Volume 2011:3 Pages 13—25


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Chirag G Patel, Li Li, Suzette Girgis, David M Kornhauser, Ernest U Frevert, David W Boulton
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, USA

Background: Many medicines, including several cholesterol-lowering agents (eg, lovastatin, simvastatin), antihypertensives (eg, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil), and antifungals (eg, ketoconazole) are metabolized by and/or inhibit the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 metabolic pathway. These types of medicines are commonly coprescribed to treat comorbidities in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and the potential for drug-drug interactions of these medicines with new medicines for T2DM must be carefully evaluated.
Objective: To investigate the effects of CYP3A4 substrates or inhibitors, simvastatin (substrate), diltiazem (moderate inhibitor), and ketoconazole (strong inhibitor) on the pharmacokinetics and safety of saxagliptin, a CYP3A4/5 substrate; and the effects of saxagliptin on these agents in three separate studies.
Methods: Healthy subjects were administered saxagliptin 10 mg or 100 mg. Simvastatin, diltiazem extended-release, and ketoconazole doses of 40 mg once daily, 360 mg once daily, and 200 mg twice daily, respectively, were used to determine two-way pharmacokinetic interactions.
Results: Coadministration of simvastatin, diltiazem extended-release, or ketoconazole increased mean area under the concentration-time curve values (AUC) of saxagliptin by 12%, 109%, and 145%, respectively, versus saxagliptin alone. Mean exposure (AUC) of the CYP3A4-generated active metabolite of saxagliptin, 5-hydroxy saxagliptin, decreased with coadministration of simvastatin, diltiazem, and ketoconazole by 2%, 34%, and 88%, respectively. All adverse events were considered mild or moderate in all three studies; there were no serious adverse events or deaths.
Conclusion: Saxagliptin, when coadministered with simvastatin, diltiazem extended-release, or ketoconazole, was safe and generally well tolerated in healthy subjects. Clinically meaningful interactions of saxagliptin with simvastatin and diltiazem extended-release are not expected. The dose of saxagliptin does not need to be adjusted when coadministered with a substrate or moderate inhibitor of CYP3A4. A limitation to the lowest clinical dose of saxagliptin (2.5 mg) is proposed when it is coadministered with a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor such as ketoconazole.

Keywords: cytochrome P450 3A4/5, diltiazem extended-release, ketoconazole, pharmacokinetics, simvastatin, type 2 diabetes mellitus

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