Purpose: Cabazitaxel is primarily metabolized by CYP3A. This study evaluated the impact of moderate/strong CYP3A inhibitors [aprepitant (Study Part 2); ketoconazole (Study Part 3)] or strong CYP3A inducers [rifampin (Study Part 4)] on the pharmacokinetics of cabazitaxel.
Methods: Adult patients received IV cabazitaxel/cisplatin 15/75 mg/m(2) on Day 1 of 3-week cycles (5/75 mg/m(2) in Cycles 1 and 2 of Part 3 to allow a safety margin to the cabazitaxel MTD). Patients received repeated oral doses of aprepitant, ketoconazole or rifampin before/during Cycle 2. Cabazitaxel clearance was the primary endpoint; clearance and area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) were normalized to body surface area and dose, respectively.
Results: The PK population included 13 (Part 2), 23 (Part 3) and 21 patients (Part 4). Repeated aprepitant administration did not affect cabazitaxel clearance [geometric mean ratio (GMR) 0.98; 90 % confidence interval (CI) 0.80-1.19]. Repeated ketoconazole administration resulted in 20 % decrease in cabazitaxel clearance (GMR 0.80; 90 % CI 0.55-1.15), associated with 25 % increase in AUC (GMR 1.25; 90 % CI 0.86-1.81). Repeated rifampin administration resulted in 21 % increase in cabazitaxel clearance (GMR 1.21; 90 % CI 0.95-1.53), associated with 17 % decrease in AUC (GMR 0.83; 90 % CI 0.65-1.05). The GMR of AUC0-24 with rifampin administration was 1.09 (90 % CI 0.9-1.33), suggesting that rifampin had a low impact during the initial phases of cabazitaxel elimination. Safety findings were consistent with previous results.
Conclusions: Cabazitaxel pharmacokinetics are modified by drugs strongly affecting CYP3A. Co-administration of cabazitaxel with strong CYP3A inhibitors or inducers should be avoided.