Evaluation of the pharmacokinetics and safety of single and multiple ceftaroline fosamil infusions in healthy Chinese and Western subjects

Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Aug;53(8):681-91. doi: 10.5414/CP202343.


Objectives: Two phase I studies in healthy Chinese (NCT01458743) and Western (NCT01612507) subjects evaluated the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of single and multiple ceftaroline fosamil 600 mg infusions administered every 8 or 12 hours (q8h or q12h).

Methods: Each study enrolled subjects sequentially into 1 of 2 cohorts (cohort 1: 60-minute infusions; cohort 2: 120-minute infusions). All subjects in the Chinese (n = 26) study received open label ceftaroline fosamil; in the Western study, subjects (n = 41) in each cohort were randomized 3 : 1 to ceftaroline fosamil or placebo infusions. Single infusions were administered on days 1 and 8. On days 2 - 7 (3 - 7 for Chinese study, cohort 1) subjects received q12h or q8h infusions. Plasma and urine were collected on days 1 and 8 for PK analysis.

Results: Ceftaroline PK was linear and time-independent following single and multiple doses of ceftaroline fosamil. The magnitude and timing of peak plasma concentrations of ceftaroline (active metabolite), ceftaroline fosamil (prodrug), and ceftaroline M-1 (inactive metabolite) varied according to the ceftaroline fosamil dosing schedule (q12h or q8h) and infusion duration (60 minutes or 120 minutes), but overall plasma ceftaroline exposures within the respective dosing intervals were broadly similar across cohorts. The most frequent adverse events were rash/drug eruption, most of which were of mild-moderate intensity and considered related to treatment.

Conclusions: Ceftaroline PK was broadly similar in healthy Chinese and Western subjects receiving equivalent dose regimens. The tolerability profile of ceftaroline fosamil in Chinese and Western subjects was consistent with previous clinical trials.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / blood
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacokinetics*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / urine
  • Area Under Curve
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
  • Biotransformation
  • Cephalosporins / administration & dosage*
  • Cephalosporins / adverse effects
  • Cephalosporins / blood
  • Cephalosporins / pharmacokinetics*
  • Cephalosporins / urine
  • China
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • European Continental Ancestry Group*
  • Female
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Male
  • Metabolic Clearance Rate
  • Models, Biological
  • Risk Assessment
  • Western World*
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Cephalosporins
  • ceftaroline fosamil

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01458743
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01612507