Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of once-daily arbekacin during continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration in critically ill patients

ArticleinJournal of Infection and Chemotherapy 15(6):420-3 · December 2009with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.49 · DOI: 10.1007/s10156-009-0717-5 · Source: PubMed


    This study examined the pharmacokinetics of arbekacin during continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (CVVHDF) and assessed the pharmacodynamics to consider arbekacin dosage adaptation in CVVHDF. Arbekacin was administered by 0.5-h infusion once daily, using a polymethyl methacrylate membrane hemofilter, to three critically ill patients undergoing CVVHDF; the flow rates were 0.8 l/h for the filtrate and 0.6 l/h for the dialysate. The drug concentrations in plasma and in the filtrate-dialysate were determined using a fluorescence polarization immunoassay and analyzed pharmacokinetically. The average sieving coefficient of arbekacin was 0.739 and the average drug clearance by CVVHDF was 1.03 l/h. A pharmacokinetic model with three compartments (1, central; 2, peripheral; 3, filtrate-dialysate side hemofilter) accurately reflected the concentration-time data for both plasma and filtrate-dialysate. The pharmacokinetic model assessed the pharmacodynamic profile of arbekacin once-daily regimens (0.5-h infusions) at filtrate-dialysate flow rates of 1.4 and 2.8 l/h, and demonstrated that only the 150-mg and 200-mg regimens achieved an effective target range for C(max) (9-20 microg/ml), suggesting that empirical dosages lower than the usual 150-200 mg should be avoided in patients undergoing CVVHDF. The minimum regimens needed to achieve an effective pharmacodynamic target for the free C(max)/MIC ratio (>8) were 75 mg for an MIC of 0.5 microg/ml, 200 mg for an MIC of 2 microg/ml, and 400 mg for an MIC of 4 microg/ml. These results will help us to better understand the pharmacokinetics of arbekacin during CVVHDF, while also helping in the selection of the appropriate arbekacin regimens, based on a pharmacodynamic assessment, for patients receiving this renal replacement therapy.