Pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and disposition of deferasirox in beta-thalassemic patients with transfusion-dependent iron overload who are at pharmacokinetic steady state.
Author(s): Waldmeier F, Bruin GJ, Glaenzel U, Hazell K, Sechaud R, Warrington S, Porter JB
Affiliation(s): Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research-Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, Novartis Campus, WSJ-210.4.20, Postfach, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date & source: 2010-05, Drug Metab Dispos., 38(5):808-16. Epub 2010 Jan 22.
Publication type: Clinical Trial
Deferasirox (ICL670) is a novel once-daily, orally administered iron chelator to treat chronic iron overload in patients with transfusion-dependent anemias. Absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of [14C]deferasirox at pharmacokinetic steady state was investigated in five adult beta-thalassemic patients. Deferasirox (1000 mg) was given orally once daily for 6 days to achieve steady state. On day 7, patients received a single oral 1000-mg dose (approximately 20 mg/kg) of [14C]deferasirox (2.5 MBq). Blood, plasma, feces, and urine samples collected over 7 days were analyzed for radioactivity, deferasirox, its iron complex Fe-[deferasirox]2, and metabolites. Deferasirox was well absorbed. Deferasirox and its iron complex accounted for 87 and 10%, respectively, of the radioactivity in plasma (area under the curve at steady state). Excretion occurred largely in the feces (84% of dose), and 60% of the radioactivity in the feces was identified as deferasirox. Apparently unchanged deferasirox in feces was partly attributable to incomplete intestinal absorption and partly to hepatobiliary elimination of deferasirox (including first-pass elimination) and of its glucuronide. Renal excretion was only 8% of the dose and included mainly the glucuronide M6. Oxidative metabolism by cytochrome 450 enzymes to M1 [5-hydroxy (OH) deferasirox, presumably by CYP1A] and M4 (5'-OH deferasirox, by CYP2D6) was minor (6 and 2% of the dose, respectively). Direct and indirect evidence indicates that the main pathway of deferasirox metabolism is via glucuronidation to metabolites M3 (acyl glucuronide) and M6 (2-O-glucuronide).