Physiologically‐based pharmacokinetics of ziprasidone in pregnant women

Article date: May 2019

By: Carla Biesdorf, Frederico S. Martins, Sherwin K.B. Sy, Andrea Diniz in Volume 85, Issue 5, pages 914-923


Pregnancy is associated with physiological changes that alter the pharmacokinetics (PK) of drugs. The aim of this study was to predict the PK of ziprasidone in pregnant women.


A full physiologically‐based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of ziprasidone was developed and validated for the non‐pregnant population (healthy adults, paediatrics, geriatrics), and this was extended to the pregnant state to assess the change in PK profile of ziprasidone throughout pregnancy.


The PBPK model successfully predicted the ziprasidone disposition in healthy adult volunteers, wherein the predicted and observed AUC, Cmax and tmax were within the fold‐difference of 0.94–1.09, 0.89–1.40 and 0.80–1.08, respectively. The paediatric and geriatric population, also showed predicted AUC, Cmax and tmax within a two‐fold range of the observed values. The simulated exposure in pregnant women using a p‐PBPK model showed no significant difference when compared to non‐pregnant women.


The PBPK model predicted the impact of physiological changes during pregnancy on PK and exposure of ziprasidone, suggesting that dose adjustment is not necessary in this special population.

DOI: 10.1111/bcp.13872

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