[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: The personal and societal effects of methamphetamine abuse are well documented. The ease of accessibility to methamphetamine and the quality of the "high" it produces makes the drug highly desired by its abusers. Over time, many methamphetamine users will also become methamphetamine cooks, where pseudoephedrine in over-the-counter cold products is converted to methamphetamine through a simple, albeit extremely dangerous, process. New laws limiting access to these products have had limited success. No existing commercial pseudoephedrine products offer significant impediments to slow or limit the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine in clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. Objective and Methods: A new pseudoephedrine 30 mg tablet product using Impede technology (Nexafed®) to deter methamphetamine production has recently been introduced into the marketplace. Using methods designed to mimic clandestine laboratory processes, the ability of this product to disrupt extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine yet provide therapeutic effectiveness was evaluated. Results: Impede™ technology tablets limited the extraction and/or conversion of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine when compared to a commercially marketed pseudoephedrine product (Sudafed®). Nexafed® tablets were also shown to be bioequivalent to the same control product, thus ensuring therapeutic equivalence. Conclusions: With the advent of new pseudoephedrine products in the marketplace with features to limit the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine, new tools are now available to minimize the clandestine manufacture of the drug and potentially limit its social impact.
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 09/2013; 39(5):284-90. · 1.55 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An immediate-release oxycodone hydrochloride formulation (IRO-A) indicated for moderate to severe pain was designed (by adding functional excipients) to discourage tampering associated with intranasal and intravenous abuse of prescription opioids.
The primary objective of this study was to determine the dose proportionality of oxycodone in IRO-A tablets under fasted conditions. Secondary objectives were to assess food effects on the pharmacokinetics of IRO-A tablets, to compare the relative bioavailability of oxycodone in IRO-A tablets versus marketed oxycodone hydrochloride (IRO) tablets under fed conditions and to evaluate the single-dose safety profile of the IRO-A tablets in healthy volunteers pretreated with naltrexone.
This open-label, single-dose, randomized, 5-way crossover study was conducted in healthy adults who received each of the following treatments, separated by a washout period of ≥7 days: IRO-A 1 × 5 mg, 2 × 5 mg, and 2 × 7.5 mg under fasted conditions, and IRO-A 2 × 7.5 mg and IRO 1 × 15 mg after a high-fat, high-calorie breakfast. Naltrexone was administered to minimize untoward pharmacologic effects of oxycodone. Dose proportionality (IRO-A), food effects (IRO-A), and relative bioavailability in a fed state (IRO-A and IRO) were assessed by using bioequivalence criteria (90% CIs between 80% and 125% for C(max) and AUC).
Of the 35 adults enrolled in the study, 33 completed at least 1 dosing period. Most participants were male (54%) and white (69%), with a mean (SD) age of 32.6 (11.1) years and mean weight of 75.5 (12.3) kg. Plasma levels of oxycodone in IRO-A suggested dose-proportional pharmacokinetics; 90% CIs for dose-normalized C(max), AUC(0-last), and AUC(0-∞) fell within the 80% to 125% range. Concomitant food intake with IRO-A resulted in an ~14% reduction in oxycodone C(max) and an ~21% increase in AUC(0-last). The bioavailability of oxycodone from IRO-A tablets in the fed state was comparable with IRO tablets based on AUC parameters, although C(max) was ~16.5% lower. Reported or observed treatment-emergent adverse events were monitored throughout the study and were similar for IRO-A and IRO tablets. Nausea, headache, abdominal pain, and dizziness were the most common and are consistent with known effects of oxycodone after naltrexone blockade.
Plasma levels of oxycodone in IRO-A tablets were compatible with proportional single-dose pharmacokinetics from 5 to 15 mg under fasted conditions. Administration of IRO-A with food suggested increased overall bioavailability relative to fasting conditions and a reduction in peak systemic exposure of oxycodone that is not expected to be clinically significant. When comparing IRO-A tablets with IRO tablets in the fed state, the overall systemic exposure of oxycodone was comparable, and peak systemic exposure was lower.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Snorting and intravenous use are common routes of administration for advanced opioid abusers. A tablet form of immediate-release oxycodone (IRO) developed using Aversion Technology combines immediate release (IR) oxycodone HCl with inactive functional excipients that are intended to discourage tampering associated with intranasal and intravenous abuse (IRO-A; Oxecta, Pfizer). The purpose of this single-dose, open-label, randomized, 3-period, 3-treatment crossover study was to evaluate the bioequivalence of IRO-A to the marketed immediate-release oxycodone HCl (IRO; Roxicodone, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., Newport, KY). IRO-A was also compared with IRO-A with niacin, a product previously developed containing the same functional excipients plus niacin as an aversive agent to discourage oral overconsumption. Healthy adults (N = 40) aged 18-55 years received single 15-mg doses of IRO-A, IRO-A with niacin (60 mg), or IRO after fasting overnight. Naltrexone was administered to diminish opioid effects. Doses were separated by a ≥7-day washout. Plasma samples taken at designated time points were analyzed using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Geometric mean ratios for ln-transformed parameters for IRO-A and IRO were 92%, 104%, and 104% for Cmax, AUClast (AUC is area under the concentration-time curve), and AUCinf; 90% confidence intervals were within the accepted 80%-125% range. IRO-A was also bioequivalent to IRO-A with niacin. Adverse events were mild to moderate in intensity and typical of opioid therapy (nausea, headache, vomiting). Flushing only occurred when the subjects received the IRO-A with niacin treatment (9/37 subjects). The results demonstrated that IRO-A is bioequivalent to IRO and IRO-A with niacin. With features designed to discourage tampering associated with common forms of abuse, IRO-A may provide an alternative to conventional immediate-release oxycodone formulations.
American journal of therapeutics 02/2012; · 1.29 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fentanyl buccal soluble film (FBSF) is a small, bilayered, water-soluble polymer film (BioErodible MucoAdhesive; BEMA™) that adheres to the buccal mucosa and rapidly delivers fentanyl into the systemic circulation. It is approved for the treatment of cancer breakthrough pain in adult opioid-tolerant patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the dose proportionality of the pharmacokinetics of FBSF in healthy subjects across a range of doses.
This was a phase I, open-label, single-dose, three-period, Latin-square crossover study in which 12 healthy subjects received single FBSF doses of 200, 600 and 1200 μg with 72 hours between doses. Oral naltrexone was administered to each subject prior to and after each study dose. Serial venous blood samples were collected for 48 hours after study drug administration. Adverse events were recorded throughout the study. Dose linearity was examined using a power model (P = a × Doseb), where P represents the dependent variable (maximum plasma drug concentration [C(max)], area under the plasma concentration-time curve [AUC] from time zero to time of the last measurable concentration [AUC(last)], or AUC from time zero to infinity [AUC(∞)]), and a and b are constants. A value of b≈1 indicated linearity.
Following administration of FBSF doses of 200-1200 μg, mean C(max) values increased in a linear manner with values ranging from 0.383 ng/mL to 2.19 ng/mL, respectively. Mean AUC(last) values increased from 3.001 ng·h/mL to 19.17 ng·h/mL and mean AUC(∞) increased in a linear manner from 3.456 ng·h/mL to 20.43 ng·h/mL. All reported adverse events were considered to be mild to moderate in severity.
This study demonstrates that peak fentanyl plasma concentrations and overall exposure increase in a dose-proportional manner following administration of FBSF.
Clinical Drug Investigation 01/2012; 32(1):63-71. · 1.92 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) is a long-acting oral prodrug stimulant indicated for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 to 12 years old and in adults. Information on the pharmacokinetic profile of LDX in children with ADHD is lacking.
The aim of this study was to assess the pharmacokinetic properties of d-amphetamine delivery from LDX, and intact LDX with increasing doses of LDX administered in children with ADHD.
This single-dose, randomized, open-label, 3-period crossover study was conducted in children aged 6 to 12 years with ADHD symptoms that adversely affected school performance and required a medication switch. Eligible patients had prior stimulant experience, with good tolerability. Patients were administered a single oral dose of LDX 30, 50, or 70 mg in a randomized sequence. Each study period was separated by a 6-day washout. The pharmacokinetic properties of d-amphetamine and intact LDX were calculated over 48 hours. Adverse events (AEs) were assessed using physical examination, including vital sign measurements, and ECG.
The study enrolled 18 children (mean [SD] age, 9.6 [1.9] years [range, 6-12 years]; 56% boys; weight, 36.0 [7.6] kg; 44% white, 44% black). Mean (%CV) C(max) values of d-amphetamine postdose were 53.2 (18.1), 93.3 (19.5), and 134.0 (19.4) ng/mL with LDX 30, 50, and 70 mg, respectively (T(max), approximately 3.5 hours). These findings suggest that the overall AUC for d-amphetamine was dose proportional. The intact LDX AUC was 10% to 20% higher in girls than in boys, and for d-amphetamine was <10% higher. The most commonly reported AEs, of 17 total cases, with 30-, 50-, and 70-mg LDX were anorexia (4 [22%], 7 [41%], and 8 [47%], respectively), elevated blood pressure (2 [11%], 1 [6%], and 3 [18%]), and abdominal pain (2 [11%], 2 [12%], and 2 [12%]). All AEs were mild or moderate. No serious AEs were reported. One child was withdrawn from the analysis because of pharyngitis considered to be unrelated to LDX use.
The findings from this study in a small, select population of children with ADHD suggest that the concentrations of d-amphetamine, the active metabolite of LDX, after single-dose administration of LDX at increasing doses appeared to be dose proportional and had low interpatient variability.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children often persists into adulthood and is potentially associated with significant social and occupational impairments. It is important to understand the effects of pharmacological treatments of ADHD in adults. This study aimed to assess the absorption, metabolism and elimination of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate in normal, healthy adult subjects following a single oral dose. A secondary objective was to assess the safety and tolerability of treatment.
In an open-label, single-centre study, six healthy adult volunteers aged 22-52 years received a single oral 70 mg dose of (14)C-radiolabelled lisdexamfetamine dimesylate in solution following a 10-hour fast. Blood samples drawn pre-dose and at time points up to 120 hours post-dose were used for plasma pharmacokinetic analysis of the active d-amphetamine and the intact parent compound lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. Recovery of radioactivity was determined by liquid scintillation counting of blood samples (whole blood and plasma), urine samples and faecal samples collected pre-dose and at designated time points up to 120 hours post-dose. Urine samples were also analysed for the presence of amphetamine-derived metabolites. Safety was assessed by adverse event reporting, changes in physical findings, vital sign measurements, ECG measurements, and clinical laboratory test results.
For intact lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, the median time to reach maximum plasma drug concentration (t(max)) was 1.00 hour, and the mean maximum plasma drug concentration (C(max)) was 58.2 +/- 28.1 ng/mL. Intact lisdexamfetamine dimesylate exhibited modest systemic exposure (area under the drug concentration-time curve from time 0 to infinity [AUC(infinity)] 67.04 +/- 18.94 ng . h/mL), and rapid elimination (mean apparent terminal elimination half-life [t((1/2)beta)] 0.47 hours). For d-amphetamine, the median t(max) was 3.00 hours, and the mean C(max) was 80.3 +/- 11.8 ng/mL. The AUC(infinity) of d-amphetamine was 1342 +/- 216.9 ng . h/mL, and elimination occurred as a first-order process. The t((1/2)beta) of d-amphetamine was 10.39 hours. Peaks consistent with amphetamine and hippuric acid were identified in urine samples by high-performance liquid chromatography radioactive profiling. Relative to dose administered, 41.5% was recovered in urine as d-amphetamine, 24.8% as hippuric acid and 2.2% as intact lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. Less than 0.3% of the administered dose was recovered in the faeces. During the 0- to 48-hour urine samples, no unexpected adverse events or clinically significant laboratory, ECG or physical examination findings related to the study medication were observed.
Following a single 70 mg oral dose, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate was quickly absorbed, extensively metabolized to d-amphetamine and its derivatives, and rapidly eliminated. Systemic exposure to d-amphetamine was approximately 20-fold higher than systemic exposure to intact lisdexamfetamine dimesylate in healthy adults. Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, administered as a single 70 mg dose, was generally well tolerated in this study.
Clinical Drug Investigation 02/2008; 28(12):745-55. · 1.92 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate the pharmacokinetics of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX; Vyvanse) in fasting healthy adult volunteers.
LDX is the first pro-drug stimulant and is indicated for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. LDX was developed with the goal of providing an extended effect that is consistent throughout the day, with a reduced potential for abuse, overdose toxicity, and drug tampering.
This was an open-label, multipledose phase 1 study. LDX 70 mg/d was administered in the morning to 12 subjects for 7 days. Twenty blood samples were drawn during the study. Descriptive statistics were used for pharmacokinetic parameters.
Based on C(min), steady-state d-amphetamine concentration (20.6 ng/mL) was reached by day 5, whereas LDX was undetectable, and 95% of the d-amphetamine was eliminated within 48 hours following the final dose on day 7. At steady state, d-amphetamine achieved a mean +/- standard deviation C(max) of 90.1 +/- 29.6 ng/mL, with a median T(max) of 3.0 hours. The AUC(0-inf) for d-amphetamine was 1453 +/- 645.7 ng.h/mL. Complete elimination of the pro-drug occurred approximately 6 hours following the final dose on day 7. Adverse events were mild to moderate and similar to other oral amphetamines.
This study describes the steady-state pharmacokinetics of LDX, a new pro-drug stimulant. Possible study limitations include an open-label design and a small sample size.
Current Medical Research and Opinion 02/2008; 24(1):33-40. · 2.26 Impact Factor