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Pharmacokinetics and Safety of Ertapenem in the Postpartum Period

Information source: Duke University
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Endometritis

Intervention: Ertapenem (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: Daniel Benjamin

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Geeta Swamy, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Duke University


The investigators are doing this study to learn more about the dosing and safety of ertapenem in women with suspected serious infections less than 42 days from the delivery of their infant.

Clinical Details

Official title: Pharmacokinetics and Safety of Ertapenem in the Postpartum Period

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Measure fraction of total and unbound Ertapenem.

Secondary outcome: Correlation between plasma drug concentrations and safety outcomes

Detailed description: Ertapenem has received FDA approval for the indication of acute pelvic infection, though there is no pharmacokinetic data to guide dosing of ertapenem in postpartum women. The physiologic changes of the postpartum period make it likely that this special population requires dosing modification to achieve desired therapeutic targets. The objective of this study is to obtain a detailed knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of ertapenem during the postpartum period that will result in improved guidelines on maternal dosing and neonatal exposure. This is a prospective, open-label, single center, pharmacokinetic study of ertapenem in women diagnosed with postpartum endometritis. Subjects will include up to 24 women receiving treatment for a diagnosis of postpartum endometritis with ertapenem in the Duke University Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit. Each patient will participate in the study for approximately 7 days, though the total study duration is expected to be approximately 12 months. Descriptive statistics for the subjects will be calculated. The appropriate non-compartmental pharmacokinetic parameters will be computed, including AUC24, AUCss, Cmax, CL, Vss, t1/2. All subjects who receive one dose of study drug will be followed for safety, with planned internal review of safety data following the completion of 12 patients. Nursing infants of study subjects will also be followed for safety due to the potential for exposure to study drug through breastmilk.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Female.


Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years of age or older at the time of enrollment.

- Postpartum period < 42 days at the time of enrollment.

- Sufficient venous access to permit administration of study medication.

- 2 clinical signs of postpartum endometritis:

- Oral body temperature of > 101oF at any time, or a temperature of 100. 4 on two

occasions 6 hours apart.

- Maternal tachycardia that parallels the temperature.

- Uterine tenderness

- Purulent vaginal discharge

- Findings of advanced endometritis: dynamic ileus, pelvic peritonitis, pelvic abscess,

bowel obstruction, necrosis of the lower uterine segment. Exclusion Criteria:

- History of previous hypersensitivity reactions to beta lactams.

- Receiving valproic acid or divalproex sodium.

- Creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min as calculated by the Cockroft-Gault equation.

- Subject with a medical condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would

interfere with the pharmacokinetic evaluation of the medication, place the subject at an unacceptable risk of injury, or render the subject unable to meet the requirements of the protocol.

- Previous participation in the study.

- Exposure to ertapenem in the week prior to the study

Locations and Contacts

DUMC, Durham, North Carolina 27710, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: March 2012
Last updated: May 19, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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