Predicting drug-drug interactions: application of physiologically based pharmacokinetic models under a systems biology approach

Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Mar;6(2):143-57. doi: 10.1586/ecp.13.4.


The development of in vitro-in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE), a 'bottom-up' approach, to predict pharmacokinetic parameters and drug-drug interactions (DDIs) has accelerated mainly due to an increase in the understanding of the multiple mechanisms involved in these interactions and the availability of appropriate in vitro systems that act as surrogates for delineating various elements of the interactions relevant to absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination. Recent advances in the knowledge of the population variables required for IVIVE (demographic, anatomical, genetic and physiological parameters) have also contributed to the appreciation of the sources of variability and wider use of this approach for different scenarios within the pharmaceutical industry. Initially, the authors present an overview of the integration of IVIVE into 'static' and 'dynamic' models for the quantitative prediction of DDIs. The main purpose of this review is to discuss the application of IVIVE in conjunction with physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling under a systems biology approach to characterize the potential DDIs in individual patients, including those who cannot be investigated in formal clinical trials for ethical reasons. In addition, we address the issues related to the prediction of complex DDIs involving the inhibition of cytochrome P- and transporter-mediated activities through multiple drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation*
  • Drug Discovery / methods
  • Drug Interactions*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Pharmacokinetics*
  • Pharmacology, Clinical / methods
  • Systems Biology / methods*