Introduction: We studied moxifloxacin-induced QT prolongation and proportion of categorical QTc outliers when 5 methods of QT measurement were used to analyze electrocardiograms (ECGs) from a thorough QT study.
Methods: QT interval was measured by the threshold, tangent, superimposed median beat, automated global median beat, and longest QT methods in a central ECG laboratory in 2730 digital ECGs from 39 subjects during placebo and moxifloxacin treatment.
Results: All 5 methods were able to demonstrate statistically significant moxifloxacin-induced QTcF prolongation. However, lower bound of 95% 1-sided confidence interval of QTcF prolongation did not exceed 5 milliseconds with the longest QT method. More QTcF outliers were observed with the longest QT and tangent methods, whereas the other 3 methods were comparable. QTcF values greater than 500 milliseconds were observed only with moxifloxacin by the tangent method, and with moxifloxacin and placebo by the longest QT method.
Conclusion: The method of QT measurement must be considered when interpreting individual thorough QT/QTc studies.
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