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Evaluation of Alternative Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Dosing Strategies.

Information source: Department of Veterans Affairs
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Condition(s) targeted: Influenza

Intervention: Oseltamivir (Drug); Probenecid (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Department of Veterans Affairs

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Mark Holodniy, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Objective 1: Determine the safety and toxicity profile of Tamiflu administered in combination with probenecid in healthy adults. Objective 2: Determine the pharmacokinetic profile of Tamiflu and probenecid in healthy adults.

Clinical Details

Official title: Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Dosing Strategies for Use During Influenza Prophylaxis (VA01)

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Primary outcome: To determine whether the combination of oseltamivir and probenecid result in equivalent blood plasma concentrations compared to oseltamivir given alone

Secondary outcome: The safety of combining oseltamivir and probenecid

Detailed description: In vitro studies have determined that the 50 % inhibitory concentrations (IC50) of Ro

64-0802 against influenza neuraminidases ranged from 0. 3 to 22 nmol/L (0. 08 - 0. 28 g/L or

0. 08 - 0. 28 ng/mL). IC50 values against influenza strains in cell culture were somewhat

higher and more variable ranging from 0. 6 to 155 nmol/L (0. 17 - 32. 8 g/L or 0. 17 - 32. 8

ng/mL). Tamiflu has also been shown to have in vitro and mouse challenge activity against the H5N1 virus. EC50 values against H5N1 strain replication in Madin Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells ranged from 7. 5-12 M and neuraminidase activity from 7. 0-15 nM (IC50 values). The current U. S. FDA approved recommendations for influenza A and B treatment using oseltamivir suggest a dose of 75mg taken orally twice daily for 5 days at the onset of symptoms or laboratory confirmation of infection. Prophylaxis against influenza A infection for those people exposed to or at high risk for exposure suggests a dose of 75 mg orally taken once daily for up to 6 weeks. No clinical trials in humans infected with or requiring prophylaxis for the H5N1 variant have been performed. Oseltamivir treatment in a human pediatric case of H5N1 influenza pneumonia has been published. Oseltamivir was given late in the course of illness and the child subsequently expired. Several people were given a prophylactic course of oseltamivir after avian influenza (H7N7, H7N3) outbreaks in the Netherlands and in British Columbia, which appeared to be effective in preventing additional human cases. Clinical trials using oseltamivir for influenza treatment have recently been reviewed. Two phase III placebo controlled, blinded studies were performed in adults, three in geriatric populations, and one in pediatric patients. In general, flu symptoms were decreased by one day or greater in those patients who received Tamiflu compared to placebo. Several prophylaxis studies using oseltamivir have been conducted in healthy unvaccinated adults and have also been recently reviewed. In several trials involving either prophylaxis after household exposure or after exposure in the community have demonstrated that the incidence of influenza was significantly reduced (range 70-90%) in those patients receiving Tamiflu, 75mg orally once daily for 42 days compared to placebo. Side effect profiles in the prophylaxis studies indicate that nausea and vomiting were more commonly found in the Tamiflu arm when compared to placebo. There was no difference in side effect incidence in younger compared to older adult (> 65 years) populations.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: Subjects will include males and non-pregnant females 18 years or older Subjects who can understand the study and potential safety concerns and can sign the informed consent form prior to admission to this study Subjects that are willing to complete all the required assessments, tests and evaluations and able to make all study visits Hemoglobin > 10. 0 g/dL for males and > 9. 0 g/dL for females; b) Platelet count of > 75,000 / L; c) Absolute neutrophil count > 1000 / L; SGOT and SGPT < than 2. 5 times normal upper limit (UL); Serum uric acid WNL; Creatinine < 1. 5 times normal upper limit (normal UL 1. 5 mg/dL) for the < 65 years of age group and MUST be WNL for the > 65 years of age group; creatinine clearance > 50 mL/min Exclusion Criteria: Subjects with a creatinine clearance of < 50 mL/min Subjects who are pregnant or breast feeding females Subjects who are not employing adequate contraception Subjects who are drug or alcohol abusers and in the opinion of the investigator would interfere with subject compliance and safety Subjects who are currently participating in any other clinical research study Any acute serious infection requiring prescription therapy within 14 days prior to Day 1 of the study Subjects who may have or recently been exposed to influenza Subjects with gout, blood dyscrasias, or history of hypersensitivity to sulfonamide drugs Subjects with contraindications to the study medications History of allergic reaction to probenecid Have kidney disease, kidney stones, or poorly functioning kidneys Have active peptic ulcer disease On high dose aspirin or salicylate therapy Receiving any of the following medications (relative contraindication for probenecid): Acyclovir, allopurinol, penicillamine, clofibrate, rifampin, methotrexate, zidovudine, theophylline, dapsone, penicillins or cephalosporins, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others), ketoprofen (Orudis, Oruvail, Orudis KT), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), fenoprofen (Nalfon), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketorolac (Toradol), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac (Clinoril), tolmetin (Tolectin), and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn); a sulfa-based medication such as sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Gantanol), sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), sulfinpyrazone (Anturane), sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin), and others; an oral diabetes medicine such as glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta, Glynase), tolbutamide (Orinase), or tolazamide (Tolinase); a barbiturate such as phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), amobarbital (Amytal), secobarbital (Seconal), and others; or a benzodiazepine (used to treat anxiety and panic disorders and to induce sleep) such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), oxazepam (Serax), estazolam (ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), quazepam (Doral), or triazolam (Halcion).

Locations and Contacts

VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California 94304-1207, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: February 2005
Last updated: September 21, 2009

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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