Population pharmacokinetics of bevacizumab in children with osteosarcoma: Implications for dosing

David C. Turner, Fariba Navid, Najat C. Daw, Shenghua Mao, Jianrong Wu, Victor M. Santana, Michael Neel, Bhaskar Rao, Jennifer Reikes Willert, David M. Loeb, K. Elaine Harstead, Stacy L. Throm, Burgess B. Freeman, Clinton F. Stewart

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Purpose: To describe sources of interindividual variability in bevacizumab disposition in pediatric patients and explore associations among bevacizumab pharmacokinetics and clinical wound healing outcomes. Experimental Design: Before tumor resection, three doses of bevacizumab (15 mg/kg) were administered to patients (median age, 12.2 years) enrolled in a multi-institutional osteosarcoma trial. Serial sampling for bevacizumab pharmacokinetics was obtained from 27 patients. Apopulation pharmacokinetic model was fit to the data, and patient demographics and clinical chemistry values were systematically tested as predictive covariates on model parameters. Associations between bevacizumab exposure and wound healing status were evaluated by logistic regression. Results: Bevacizumab concentration-time data were adequately described by a two-compartment model. Pharmacokinetic parameter estimates were similar to those previously reported in adults, with a long median (range) terminal half-life of 12.2 days (8.6 to 32.4 days) and a volume of distribution indicating confinement primarily to the vascular space, 49.1 mL/kg (27.1 to 68.3 mL/kg). Body composition was a key determinant of bevacizumab exposure, as body mass index percentile was significantly (P 0.05) correlated to body-weight normalized clearance and volume of distribution. Furthermore, bevacizumab exposure before primary tumor resection was associated with increased risk of major wound healing complications after surgery (P 0.05). Conclusion: A population pharmacokinetic model for bevacizumab was developed, which demonstrated that variability in bevacizumab exposure using weight-based dosing is related to body composition. Bevacizumab dosage scaling using ideal body weight would provide an improved dosing approach in children by minimizing pharmacokinetic variability and reducing likelihood of major wound healing complications. Clin Cancer Res.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2783-2792
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2014

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  • General Medicine


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