Pharmacokinetics of anidulafungin in obese and normal-weight adults

Roeland E. Wasmann, Rob ter Heine, Eric P. Van Dongen, David M. Burger, Vincent J. Lempers, Catherijne A. Knibbe, Roger J. Brüggemann

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In 2025, approximately one out of five adults will be obese. Physiological changes associated with obesity have been shown to influence the pharmacokinetics of drugs. Anidulafungin is frequently used in critically ill patients, and to achieve optimal efficacy, it is essential that its dose is appropriate for each patient’s characteristics. We combined data from obese subjects with data from normal-weight subjects and determined an optimal dosing regimen for obese patients by population pharmacokinetic modeling. Twenty adults, 12 of which were normal-weight healthy subjects (median weight, 67.7 kg; range, 61.5 to 93.6 kg) and 8 of which were morbidly obese subjects (median weight, 149.7 kg; range, 124.1 to 166.5 kg) were included in the analysis. Subjects received a single dose of 100 mg anidulafungin intravenously over 90 min, upon which blood samples were obtained. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to optimize dosing in obesity. A three-compartment model and equal volumes of distribution described the data best. Total body weight was identified as a descriptor for both clearance and the volume of distribution, but the effect of weight on these parameters was limited. Simulations showed that with the licensed 100-mg dose, more than 97% of subjects with a weight above 140 kg will have an area under the concentration-time curve from 0 to 24 h of less than 99 mg · h/liter (the reference value for normal-weight individuals). We found that in obese and normal-weight subjects, weight influenced both of the anidulafungin pharmacokinetic parameters clearance and volume of distribution, implying a lower exposure to anidulafungin in (morbidly) obese individuals. Consequently, a 25% increase in the loading and maintenance doses could be considered in patients weighing more than 140 kg.

Originele taal-2Engels
TijdschriftAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusGepubliceerd - jul. 2018
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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