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Oseltamivir Pharmacokinetics in Morbid Obesity

Information source: IWK Health Centre
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Morbid Obesity

Intervention: Patients with a BMI < 30 given Oseltamivir (Other); Patients with a BMI > 40 given Oseltamivir (Other)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: IWK Health Centre

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Lucas M Thorne-Humphrey, BSC Pharm, Study Chair, Affiliation: Dalhousie Unviersity, Captial District Health Authority


This trial asks the question: do people of much greater than average body weight need more of a drug called oseltamivir than current recommendations suggest. Oseltamivir is a drug given to people who have influenza, and currently is also being used to fight the new H1N1 influenza. Some people of larger than average body weight require larger amounts of drugs to see the same effects as others of an average body weight. No studies have ever been conducted looking at the possibility of oseltamivir being one of those drugs. Our Study's hypothesis states that those of an above average body weight will have different amounts of drug in their blood than those of people of normal body weight if they are given the normal amount prescribed for influenza. Our study will give oseltamivir to twenty people for 7 days. Half of the people will be of normal body weight and the others will be of a much higher than normal body weight. Using blood samples the investigators will determine if the amounts of oseltamivir are significantly lower in the blood of patients in the above normal body weight group.

Clinical Details

Official title: Oseltamivir Pharmacokinetics in Morbid Obesity

Study design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Serum Drug Concentration


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 55 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Males and females aged 18 to 55 years

- Written informed consent

- Subjects without medical history, physical finding or laboratory finding, which, in

the opinion of the investigator, could pose a safety concern or interfere with the protocol. Exclusion Criteria:

- Allergy to oseltamivir

- Blood donation within 3 months before oseltamivir administration

- Medications that may interfere with the disposition of oseltamivir (e. g. probenecid)

- Anemia

- Estimated Creatinine clearance < 60 ml/min (As calculated by the modified Cockcroft

Gault equation below) Creatinine Clearance= (140-Age) x 1. 2 x Adjusted Body weight (x 0. 85 if female) Serum Creatinine (umol/L) Adjusted body weight = Ideal body weight + [0. 4 (Actual Bodyweight-Ideal Body Weight)]

- Gastrectomy

- Enterectomy (or any other surgical procedure that would interfere with absorption)

- Clinically significant haematological (RBC count, WBC count, WBC differential count,

platelets count and haemoglobin level) or biochemical (ALT, AST, creatinine and urea) abnormalities as per the judgement of the investigator

- Clinically significant cardiac conduction abnormality noted on baseline


- Influenza like illness (fever and/or cough plus one of the following sore throat,

fatigue, myalgia, headache) within 7 days of enrolment

- Pregnancy

- Inability to consume study meals provided due to special dietary requirements such as

food allergies.

Locations and Contacts

Human Vaccine Challenge Unit, IWK Health Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 6R8, Canada
Additional Information

Starting date: November 2009
Last updated: August 2, 2011

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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