Pharmacokinetics of platinum after oral or intravenous cisplatin: a phase 1 study in 32 adult patients

Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2005 Jan;55(1):55-60. doi: 10.1007/s00280-004-0852-8. Epub 2004 Jul 28.


Aims: To develop a population pharmacokinetic model for simultaneous analysis of oral/intravenous cisplatin data in order to estimate the mean population pharmacokinetic parameters, mainly the bioavailability, of cisplatin and to evaluate the influence of covariates on the pharmacokinetic variability.

Methods: Pharmacokinetic and demographic data were collected from 32 adult patients (20 males/12 females, age range 47-76 years) receiving 30-min infusions or an oral formulation of cisplatin, 10-30 mg/m2, for various malignancies. Both total plasma and ultrafilterable or unbound platinum concentrations were determined.

Results: Unbound and total platinum concentrations were ascribed to a two-compartment model, with first-order absorption and elimination. The oral bioavailability (F) population estimates were, respectively, 0.39 and 0.30 with associated intersubject variabilities (ISV) of 24% and 26%. Peak concentrations following oral dosing occurred at 1.0 h and 1.6 h for unbound and total platinum, respectively. Clearance (CL) and central distribution volume (V1) of unbound platinum were significantly related to body surface area (BSA). The CL and V1 mean estimates were, respectively, 37 l/h and 23 l with an associated ISV of 15%. The final pharmacokinetic models were validated using 1000 bootstrap samples of the original datasets.

Conclusions: Both unbound and total platinum data allowed a fair evaluation of oral cisplatin disposition, with close estimations for both absorption rates and oral bioavailability. These results also support the conventional dose adjustment of cisplatin based on BSA.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacokinetics*
  • Cisplatin / administration & dosage
  • Cisplatin / pharmacokinetics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Reference Values


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Cisplatin