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Effect of CYP3A inhibitors on the pharmacokinetics of pevonedistat in patients with advanced solid tumours

Article date: July 2019

By: Hélène Faessel, John Nemunaitis, Todd M. Bauer, A. Craig Lockhart, Douglas V. Faller, Farhad Sedarati, Xiaofei Zhou, Karthik Venkatakrishnan, R. Donald Harvey in Volume 85, Issue 7, pages 1464-1473


This phase I study evaluated the effects of the moderate cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A inhibitor fluconazole and the strong CYP3A/P‐glycoprotein (P‐gp) inhibitor itraconazole on the pharmacokinetics of the investigational neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 8 (NEDD8)‐activating enzyme inhibitor pevonedistat in patients with advanced solid tumours.


Patients received single doses of intravenous pevonedistat 8 mg m−2, alone and with fluconazole (loading: 400 mg; maintenance: 200 mg once daily), or pevonedistat 8, 15 or 20 mg m−2, alone and with itraconazole 200 mg once daily. Serial blood samples for pevonedistat pharmacokinetics were obtained pre‐ and post‐infusion on days 1 (alone) and 8 (with fluconazole/itraconazole). After completing the pharmacokinetic portion, patients remaining on study received pevonedistat with docetaxel or carboplatin and paclitaxel.


The ratios of geometric mean area under the concentration–time curves (n; 90% confidence interval) of pevonedistat in the presence vs. absence of fluconazole or itraconazole were 1.11 (12; 1.03–1.19) and 1.14 (33; 1.07–1.23), respectively. Fifty patients (98%) experienced at least one adverse event (AE), with maximum severity of grade 1–2 in 28 patients (55%) and of grade ≥3 in 22 patients (43%). The most common drug‐related AEs were vomiting (12%), diarrhoea (10%) and nausea (8%). No new safety findings were observed for pevonedistat.


Fluconazole or itraconazole had insignificant effects on pevonedistat pharmacokinetics, indicating minor contributions of CYP3A/P‐gp to pevonedistat clearance. The safety profile of single doses of pevonedistat plus steady‐state fluconazole or itraconazole was consistent with prior clinical experience, with no new safety signals observed.

DOI: 10.1111/bcp.13915

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