Raltegravir Pharmacokinetics in Neonates Following Maternal Dosing


Clarke DF, Acosta EP, Rizk ML, Bryson YJ, Spector SA, Mofenson LM, Handelsman E, Teppler H, Welebob C, Persaud D, Cababasay MP, Wang J, Mirochnick M; International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) P1097 Study Team

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International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials P1097 was a multicenter trial to determine washout pharmacokinetics and safety of in utero/intrapartum exposure to raltegravir in infants born to HIV-infected pregnant women receiving raltegravir-based antiretroviral therapy. Twenty-two mother–infant pairs were enrolled; evaluable pharmacokinetic data were available from 19 mother–infant pairs. Raltegravir readily crossed the placenta, with a median cord blood/maternal delivery plasma raltegravir concentration ratio of 1.48 (range, 0.32–4.33). Raltegravir elimination was highly variable and extremely prolonged in some infants; [median t1/2 26.6 (range, 9.3–184) hours]. Prolonged raltegravir elimination likely reflects low neonatal UGT1A1 enzyme activity and enterohepatic recirculation. Excessive raltegravir concentrations must be avoided in the neonate because raltegravir at high plasma concentrations may increase the risk of bilirubin neurotoxicity. Subtherapeutic concentrations, which could lead to inadequate viral suppression and development of raltegravir resistance, must also be avoided. Two ongoing International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials studies are further investigating the pharmacology of raltegravir in neonates.

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