Fundament and prerequisites for the application of an antifungal TDM service

Roger J.M. Brüggemann, Rob E. Aarnoutse

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Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) involves the measurement of plasma or serum drug concentration to adapt dosages to achieve predefined target concentrations that are associated with optimal clinical response while minimizing the chance of encountering toxicity. Many papers in the field of antifungal drugs have focused on the evidence that supports the use of TDMthereby emphasizing the breakpoints or target concentrations in general literature. This review focuses on the process of TDM to inform health care workers on the fundaments and prerequisites that safeguard the good application of TDM. Knowledge on the complete process of TDMincluding pharmacokinetics (and relevant covariates), pharmacodynamic aspects, trials that are necessary to provide uswith evidence, translation of knowledge to other populations and pathogens, and implications for the pre-analytical, analytical, and postanalytical phases (the process of TDM) are discussed in relevant detail. For each individual step, recommendations are made for the readers. We believe this will be a valuable resource and to be of added value to the many papers that focus on relations between exposure and efficacy or toxicity. It will help to achieve greater benefit of TDM.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)122-129
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftCurrent Fungal Infection Reports
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 jun. 2015
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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