L Balant

University of Geneva, Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 06/2008; 4(2):87 - 93. · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We sought to develop and validate a pharmacokinetic model allowing description of the magnetic resonance (MR) signal intensity induced by the hepatobiliary contrast agent Gd-BOPTA and to quantify the overall Gd-BOPTA transport in rat liver. MR signal intensity was recorded during the perfusion of rat livers with Gd-DTPA, an extracellular contrast agent, and Gd-BOPTA, a hepatobiliary contrast agent. Similar experiments were conducted with Gd-labeled contrast agents for quantitative measurement in liver, bile and perfusate. A complete 6-compartment, 8 parameter open model was first developed to describe the pharmacokinetics of the compound based on the radioactivity data analysis. Because perfusate and bile data were not available in MRI experiments, a reduced model (6-compartment, 5 parameters) was considered for the MRI data. The performance of the reduced model was tested using the radioactivity data. The reduced model successfully described the contrast agent amount in the liver and correctly predicted amounts in bile and perfusate. Pharmacokinetic modeling of MR signal intensity induced by Gd-BOPTA permits quantification of Gd-BOPTA uptake and biliary excretion in rat livers.
    Investigative Radiology 12/2005; 40(11):705-14. · 5.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the transport of the hepatobiliary magnetic resonance (MR) imaging contrast agent Gd-BOPTA into rat hepatocytes. In a MR-compatible hollow-fiber bioreactor containing hepatocytes, MR signal intensity was measured over time during the perfusion of Gd-BOPTA. For comparison, the perfusion of an extracellular contrast agent (Gd-DTPA) was also studied. A compartmental pharmacokinetic model was developed to describe dynamic signal intensity-time curves. The dynamic signal intensity-time curves of the hepatocyte hollow-fiber bioreactor during Gd-BOPTA perfusion were adequately fitted by 2 compartmental models. Modeling permitted to discriminate between the behaviors of the extracellular contrast agent (Gd-DTPA) and the hepatobiliary contrast agent (Gd-BOPTA). It allowed the successfully quantification of the parameters involved in such differences. Gd-BOPTA uptake was saturable at high substrate concentrations. The transport of Gd-BOPTA into rat hepatocytes was successfully described by compartmental analysis of the signal intensity recorded over time and supported the hypothesis of a transporter-mediated uptake.
    Investigative Radiology 09/2004; 39(8):506-15. · 5.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Early clinical response to antidepressant treatment is an important therapeutic goal, considering the psychological, social and economic consequences of depression. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between the time course of response and the concentration of venlafaxine (V), its active metabolite O-desmethylvenlafaxine (ODV) and enantiomeric ratios V(+)/V(-) and ODV(+)/ODV(-). Depressed inpatients ( n=35) received V orally at a fixed 300 mg daily dose. Accepted comedication included clorazepate (maximum 60 mg/day), zopiclone (maximum 15 mg/day) and low-dose trazodone (maximum 200 mg/day). Severity of depression was assessed on days 0, 4, 7, 11, 14, 21 and 28 (Montgomery and Asberg Depression Rating Scale). Blood samples were taken on day 14 and day 28 and submitted to stereoselective determination. All measurements reflected trough steady-state values. First, pattern analysis was used to provide a categorical perspective of clinical response (50% improvement from baseline depression score). Patients displaying non-response, transient response, early persistent response and delayed persistent response were compared with respect to racemic concentrations and enantiomeric ratios. Second, in a dimensional perspective, mixed-effects modelling was used to analyse severity of depression versus time curves with respect to the possible influence of concentrations and enantiomeric ratios. Comparison of patients with and without persistent response did not reveal any significant difference for V, ODV, V+ODV plasma levels or enantiomeric ratios. Persistent response was significantly associated with less frequent pre-study antidepressant medication and less frequent comedication with zopiclone (day 14) and clorazepate (day 28) during the study. Focus on patients with persistent response ( n=19, 54.3%) indicated that early response, first observed before day 14, was associated with significantly higher V+ODV concentration than delayed response (median 725 ng/ml versus 554 ng/ml, P=0.023). No difference was found for pre-study medication or comedication during the study. Shorter time to onset of response was significantly associated with lower V(+)/V(-) enantiomeric ratio (r(s)=0.48, P<0.05). Mixed-effects modelling of depression severity versus time curves in patients with persistent response confirmed that either higher V+ODV plasma level or lower V(+)/V(-) ratio were significantly associated with more rapid decrease of depression score (likelihood ratio tests, P=0.012 and P=0.046, respectively). Considering its modest sample size, naturalistic design and limited observation period, the present study provided preliminary indication that earlier clinical response may occur with higher V+ODV plasma level, extending previous dose-response studies. The hypothesis was also raised that exposure to a more potent noradrenergic therapeutic moiety, as reflected by a lower V(+)/V(-) ratio, may be relevant to early improvement of depression.
    European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 02/2004; 59(12):883-91. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) data for the antipsychotic drug olanzapine were investigated with respect to concentration versus dose relationship, intraindividual versus interindividual variability, and the combined influence of patient characteristics on steady-state concentration. The study included 250 patients, with daily doses ranging from 2.5 to 30 mg. Median concentration to dose ratio was 2.1 (ng/mL)/(mg/d), with 90% of the distribution in a fivefold range. In the first subgroup of patients with two measurements at different doses (n = 21), data were in keeping with linear concentration versus dose relationship. In the second subgroup of patients with repeated measurements at a constant daily dose (n = 40), estimates of within-patient and between-patient variabilities were 30.5% and 49.4%, respectively. In the whole sample, multiple regression analysis of dose-normalized concentration revealed significant effects of time postdose (-18% per 12 hours delay, P < 0.05), age >/=60 years (+27%, P < 0.005), cigarette smoking (-12%, P < 0.05), and comedication with fluvoxamine (+74%, P < 0.001), paroxetine, fluoxetine, or sertraline (considered together, +32%, P < 0.05), venlafaxine (+27%, P < 0.05), and inducers of P450 enzymes (-40%, P < 0.001). The final model included a tendency for higher concentration associated with female gender (+11%, P = 0.07) and accounted for 27% of observed interindividual variability. When considering a worst-case scenario, an elderly, nonsmoking woman prescribed fluvoxamine comedication was predicted to reach a 4.6-fold higher olanzapine concentration than a young male smoker coadministered carbamazepine. The current study suggests that patients characterized by a combination of factors associated with altered metabolism may benefit from olanzapine TDM.
    Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 02/2003; 25(1):46-53. · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • Luc P. Balant
    01/2003; , ISBN: 9780471266945
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate patients treated for depression with respect to steady-state concentration of venlafaxine enantiomers, to quantify within- and between-subject variability and to study the possible influence of individual characteristics such as gender and age. Thirty-five inpatients received venlafaxine orally at a fixed 300-mg daily dose. Blood samples were taken on day 14 and day 28 for therapeutic drug monitoring purposes. All measurements reflected steady-state trough values. In a first stage, plasma concentrations of racemic venlafaxine (V) and O-desmethylvenlafaxine (ODV) were measured using a gas chromatography method. In a second stage, (+)/(-) enantiomeric ratios for V and ODV were determined using a stereoselective capillary electrophoresis method. Interindividual variability was 77% and 33% for concentrations of racemic V and ODV, respectively. Intraindividual variability was below 20% for both compounds. Enantiomeric ratios did not statistically differ from unity, with median (+)/(-) ratios of 1.14 for V and 0.97 for ODV. ODV/V metabolite formation ratios for the (+) and (-) enantiomers did not significantly differ from each other (median values 2.85 and 2.37, respectively). However, reduced ODV/V ratio for the (-) enantiomer was strongly associated with decreased (+)/(-) ratio for V (r(S)=0.71, P<0.001) and increased (+)/(-) ratio for ODV (r(S)=-0.79, P<0.001). In contrast, ODV/V ratio for the (+) enantiomer did not significantly correlate with parent compound (+)/(-) ratio and correlated only weakly with metabolite (+)/(-) ratio (r(S)=-0.38, P<0.05). When compared with males, females displayed a significantly lower ODV/V ratio for the (-) enantiomer (median values 1.42 vs 5.08 on day 14, P<0.05) but not for the (+) enantiomer (median values 2.36 vs 3.27, n.s.). Analysis did not reveal any significant association between ODV/V ratios and age, weight, height, creatinine clearance, smoking or co-medication. A pharmacokinetic model at steady state was developed that postulated two different enzyme systems to contribute to O-desmethylation. ODV(-) formation was supposed to largely depend on a single pathway, possibly impaired in a patient subpopulation. ODV(+) formation was postulated to rely on both pathways to a similar extent. Model predictions were in close agreement with observations in patients. Observations, together with model-based simulations, suggested that marked stereoselectivity in a patient subgroup may be related with impairment of O-desmethylation greater for (-) than (+) venlafaxine. This hypothesis requires testing against phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of patients.
    European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 08/2002; 58(5):323-31. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Drug-drug interactions can be associated with patient morbidity due to either increased toxicity or a potentially ineffective concentration. Because interactions cannot always be anticipated during drug development and actual patients receiving a drug for therapeutic use often differ from those included in clinical trials, postmarketing surveillance is essential. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) databases offer a unique opportunity in this respect. Prerequisites for TDM databases to provide valid information in a pharmacoepidemiological perspective include the following: precise description of exposure to the potentially interacting drugs; measurement of parent compound and active metabolites through accurate and precise analytical techniques; documentation of relevant patient characteristics that may act as confounding factors (e.g. gender, age, smoking habits); repeated assessments over time if possible; and sound pharmacokinetic framework for data selection, analysis and interpretation. The contribution of TDM to the documentation of drug-drug interactions takes advantage of different possible study designs, discussed on the basis of recently published studies. The single case report plays an important role as an alert signal. It is illustrated for a patient on long-term treatment, who displayed an unexpectedly high clozapine concentration after the introduction of ciprofloxacin comedication. The prospective on and off comedication panel study shows advantages in terms of carefully selected inclusion criteria and control of treatment modalities. A study of the thioridazine-fluvoxamine interaction is presented, with patients followed on thioridazine monotherapy, after introduction of fluvoxamine and after its discontinuation. The main advantage of the retrospective large-scale TDM database screen is representativeness of patients actually treated, whereas drawbacks are related to quality of data and suitability for valid interpretation. Such an approach is illustrated by a review of data collected over 10 years of routine TDM that allowed documenting induction of nortriptyline metabolism by carbamazepine and inhibition by several phenothiazines. Finally, population pharmacokinetics is well suited to observational data collected for TDM purpose, provided quality is ascertained. Focus is placed on interindividual variability and relationship between pharmacokinetic parameters and patient characteristics, including comedication. The population approach is discussed with respect to a study that documented a 32% increase of haloperidol clearance associated with anticonvulsant comedication, in addition to effects of age and bodyweight. Among factors to consider for improved effectiveness in the use of TDM databases for postmarketing surveillance of drug-drug interactions, integration of efficacy and safety data in future studies and communication of expert recommendations to prescribing physicians are essential.
    Drug Safety 02/2001; 24(13):947-59. · 3.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because metabolites play a major role in the clinical response to clomipramine, the objective of the current study was to develop a population model and evaluate its performance to describe the pharmacokinetic profiles of clomipramine (C) and its active metabolites desmethylclomipramine (DC), 8-hydroxy-clomipramine (OHC) and 8-hydroxy-desmethylclomipramine (OHDC). A first sample of 14 patients served for development of a 2-molecule C and DC model, which was shown to provide reasonable estimates of AUC-based clearances, as well as precise estimation of interindividual variability. Simulated data, generated to mimic a semi-rich sampling design and chronic treatment with clomipramine, indicated that clearance estimation was feasible under routine treatment conditions. A second sample of 30 patients, recruited prospectively and followed for a median 4-week period, was used to extend the 2-molecule model to a 4-molecule model. Goodness-of-fit assessment revealed that model-predicted concentrations were reasonably close to observed concentrations for a majority of patients. Interindividual variability was 50% to 60% for hydroxylation and desmethylation clearances, and residual variability was 30%. The proposed model incorporates much of what is known about the metabolism of clomipramine and may valuably integrate the influence of genetic and environmental factors on each metabolic pathway.
    Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 01/2001; 22(6):701-11. · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • L P Balant, M Gex-Fabry
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    ABSTRACT: With the advancement of both biological and computer sciences, new drug development faces the challenge to integrate a huge amount of knowledge accumulated from the very early quantitative structure-activity relationship investigations of the candidate molecule to the large scale clinical trials in patients. Whereas pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are fields in which modelling has long demonstrated its value, its potential in many other areas of drug development has recently been the object of intensive scientific activity. The present review places emphasis on these newer applications; it includes the opinion of many experts in often highly specialised areas such as in vitro to in vivo extrapolation, toxicokinetics, non-continuous response models, population approaches and computer assisted simulation of clinical trials. It is most probable that in the near future many of these areas of research will be the objects of intensive and interesting developments. This will undoubtedly lead to improve developmental strategies for new drugs as well as more individualised pharmacological strategies for patients.
    European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics 08/2000; 50(1):13-26. · 3.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Saliva was tested and evaluated as a biological matrix for methadone (Mtd) monitoring. Conventional method using a narrow bore C18 column, and an enantioselective method using a narrow bore alpha1-acid glycoprotein column, were developed using liquid chromatography coupled with a mass spectromeric (MS) detector. After optimisation of MS conditions by flow injection analysis, selected ion monitoring detection was used to enhance sensitivity. The total Mtd concentration and the enantiomeric ratio in saliva were validated using an experimental design. The methods were applied to samples provided by heroin addicts undergoing a Mtd treatment. Results on total Mtd determination showed a very poor correlation between saliva and serum, whereas the enantiomeric ratios of Mtd gave a very good one.
    Journal of Chromatography 03/2000; 871(1-2):163-72. · 4.61 Impact Factor
  • L P Balant, E A Balant-Gorgia
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Discussing the "inter-ethnicity" of kinetics and actions of drugs is fraught with terminology problems. It is, however, generally accepted that "ethnicity" covers the influences of factors genetically and culturally transmitted. The study of inter-ethnic variability in drug response addresses the problem of distinguishing variability factors that are common to one particular group of individuals from those which are not specifically shared. DIFFERENCES IN DAILY DOSES BETWEEN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS: It is well known that for a number of drugs, the daily dose prescribed in Japan is lower than in the US and Europe. Presently, independent surveys strongly indicate that for a majority of drugs dose differences are not the result of pharmacokinetic differences. In addition, they indicate that inter-ethnic differences do not seem to be larger than intra-ethnic variations. The differences observed for daily doses must thus be found elsewhere than in pharmacogenetic traits. DIFFERENCES IN DIAGNOSES: The most important impediments encountered in the evaluation of minority patients include differences with respect to language, communication style, cultural belief. The same problems arise if studies performed in different geographic areas are compared, socio-economic aspects play then an even greater role. Language problems arise differently if minorities are evaluated and compared to a majority of patients living in the same country or if clinical studies are performed in different regions. Communication styles also differ markedly between cultures. As an example, certain gestures may be considered as disrespectful or insulting by some ethnic groups and constitute normal behavior in others. RATING SCALES: Ethnicity clearly plays a role on the cross-cultural use of rating scales. Sophisticated rating scales established and validated in Western culture must undergo culturally sensitive revision and rigorous evaluation before their use in non-Western culture. EFFICACY-SAFETY ASSESSMENT: As an example, the assessment of risk and benefit is different in Japan, Europe and the United States. In Japan, safety is given a greater weighting relative to efficacy than in the two other regions. PLACEBO/NOCEBO EFFECTS: Placebo and nocebo effects are difficult to study, even in the absence of any cultural difference. They are even more so if ethnicity is concerned. PATIENT COMPLIANCE: Clinicians treating cross-cultural patients must carefully explore the beliefs held by their patient regarding illness causality and treatment expectations. CONCLUDING REMARKS: There are many unanswered questions in the field of inter-ethnic variability in drug response. The present overview will not pretend to have given specific answers, but it is hoped that it will point to some areas where more research is needed, in particular in the area of methodologies to take inter-ethnicity into account during drug development.
    International journal of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics 03/2000; 38(2):47-52. · 1.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because of the enormous gap between premarketing studies in physically healthy subjects and clinical practice in patients, the present study reconsidered interindividual variability factors affecting risperidone concentrations under routine therapeutic drug monitoring conditions. The study included 92 patients, 27% of whom were 70 years or older. The patients received risperidone orally (dose range, 0.5-11 mg per day) and had concentrations of risperidone and the active metabolite 9-hydroxyrisperidone measured at steady state by a new, rapid, and sensitive method of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). After normalization to a dose of 4 mg/day, median concentrations were 2.9 ng/ml (80% range, 0.9-27.9 ng/ml) for the parent compound and 24.1 ng/ml (80% range, 12.0-57.6 ng/ml) for the metabolite. When considering linear regression models, age was identified as a major source of interindividual variability, with expected increases of 340% and 220% for concentrations of parent compound and metabolite, with age increasing from 20 to 80 years. Body weight provided an additional significant contribution to the variability of 9-hydroxyrisperidone concentration, a 20-kg higher body weight associated with a concentration decrease of 23%. Serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) comedication (fluoxetine, two patients; citalopram, two patients; paroxetine, one patient; fluvoxamine, one patient) was significantly associated with 4.6-fold higher concentrations of parent compound, in keeping with an inhibitory action on CYP2D6 enzyme. Significantly higher concentrations of 9-hydroxy-risperidone (+ 29%) were also observed in the 17 patients with biperiden comedication. Therapeutic drug monitoring data, collected in patients representative of the population for which the drug was intended, allowed us to quantify the dose reduction needed in elderly patients and thus provided valuable information in addition to the one collected during premarketing studies performed with strict inclusion and exclusion criteria.
    Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 03/1999; 21(1):105-15. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to characterise onset of response to clomipramine treatment in a naturalistic setting and to investigate the relationship between concentration and delayed response, postulated to reflect drug-specific response to antidepressant therapy. Ninety-eight depressed patients were prescribed clomipramine in an open flexible manner and followed for depressive symptoms (Montgomery-Asberg depression scale) over a maximum 12 weeks follow-up period. All patients had at least one concentration measurement for therapeutic drug monitoring purpose. Firstly, survival analysis revealed a probability of 15.4% for patients not to show 50% improvement over baseline by week 12, and thus to be considered as non-responders. Median time to onset of response was 31 days for responders, indicating a relatively high probability of delayed response under routine treatment. Secondly, pattern analysis indicated a significant association between early and abrupt response on the one hand and delayed and gradual response on the other. A tendency towards an association between delayed and persistent response was also observed. Finally, receiver operating characteristics analysis allowed identification of a highly significant lower threshold of 230 ng x ml(-1) for the sum of clomipramine and desmethyl-clomipramine, as measured at week 3, with respect to response from week 3 onward. Predictive values were 68.8% and 81.0% for concentrations above and below this threshold to predict delayed response and non-response, respectively. Thresholds were 55 ng x ml(-1) for parent compound and 180 ng x ml(-1) for metabolite. This approach supports the hypothesis that delayed response may be concentration dependent and thus may reflect true drug effect. As a consequence, monitoring clomipramine concentration about 3 weeks after initiation of therapy may valuably contribute to help clinicians decide about the adequacy of ongoing therapy.
    European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 03/1999; 54(12):895-902. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A stereoselective analysis of methadone (Mtd) in whole blood and serum was developed using liquid chromatography on a protein based chiral stationary phase. Liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and solid phase extraction methods were applied before chromatographic analysis. The extraction procedure, as well as the choice of the biological matrix, showed significant differences in the extraction yield and in the precision of the assays. Serum was selected for this assay and LLE was chosen as the preparation step because of its simplicity and rapidity. The total procedure was validated and applied to clinical samples. Samples taken from 45 heroin-addicted patients were analyzed. A correlation was found between the dose administered and Mtd concentration (total and R-form), but interindividual variability of the total normalized Mtd was seen (concentration varied from 90 to 530 ng/ml). Furthermore, two populations were apparently observed with a mean Mtd concentration of 200 and 475 ng/ml, respectively. Stereoselective analyses showed that more than 50% of the patients presented a nonracemic ratio, and particularly about 25% showed a preferential metabolism of the active R-Mtd enantiomer. Therefore, the stereoselective determination of Mtd is necessary to improve the quality of the treatment of heroin addiction.
    Chirality 02/1999; 11(5-6):487-94. · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible advantages of floating and high-density dosage forms and their influence on pharmacokinetic parameters. Atenolol was chosen as a model drug because of its poor absorption in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Three formulations containing 25 mg atenolol, a floating multiple-unit capsule, a high-density multiple-unit capsule, and an immediate-release tablet were compared with respect to estimated pharmacokinetic parameters. The two multiple-unit dosage forms were composed of compressed minitablets and had sustained release properties. The bioavailability of the two gastroretentive preparations with sustained release characteristics was significantly decreased when compared to the immediate-release tablet. The floating minitablets seemed to be retained longer in the stomach than the high-density dosage form. The first atenolol concentration detectable in the plasma and the time to peak Tmax were delayed for the floating dosage form. For the parameters Cmax and AUC 0-infinity, the lower limit of the 90% confidence interval was outside the bioequivalence range (0.80-1.25). This study showed that it was not possible to increase the bioavailability of a poorly absorbed drug such as atenolol using gastroretentive formulations. Atenolol absorption was delayed and the maximum plasma concentration was diminished.
    Pharmaceutica Acta Helvetiae 08/1998; 73(2):81-7.
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    ABSTRACT: In the case of external ophthalmic infections, repeated instillations of antibiotics are required to reach therapeutic level, above the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC). An additional administration of a corticosteroid is often needed, in order to limit the precorneal damages caused by the infection. However, repeated administration of a corticosteroid can increase intraocular pressure and thus lead to glaucoma. To overcome the disadvantages of separated and repeated instillations of two products and to avoid the side effects of dexamethasone, a soluble insert containing gentamicin sulfate and dexamethasone phosphate was developed. The new system ensures the concomitant release of the two drugs during the first 10 h of treatment, followed by an adequate concentration of gentamicin sulfate, above the MIC of 4.0 microgram ml-1, during 50 h, due to a combination of gentamicin sulfate with cellulose acetate phthalate, which reduces the solubility of gentamicin.
    Journal of Controlled Release 04/1998; 52(1-2):215-20. · 7.63 Impact Factor
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/1998; 8.
  • L. P. Balant, E. A. Balant-gorgia
    Journal of Substance Use - J SUBST USE. 01/1998; 3(2):103-105.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/1998; 8.

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2k Citations
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Institutions

  • 1970–2008
    • University of Geneva
      • • Department of Psychiatry
      • • Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics
      • • Department of Biochemistry
      Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1994–1996
    • The University of Manchester
      Manchester, England, United Kingdom
    • Karolinska Institutet
      • Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
      Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1980–1981
    • Policlinique Médicale Universitaire Lausanne
      Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland