Anthracycline dose intensity: clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of high-dose doxorubicin administered as a 96-hour continuous intravenous infusion

J Infus Chemother. Spring 1996;6(2):69-73.


In this review, the clinical pharmacology of high-dose doxorubicin is examined, and the pharmacokinetics of infusional doxorubicin at standard and high dose are compared. The data developed here, including recent clinical trials of high-dose infusional doxorubicin, demonstrate the safety and efficacy of doxorubicin administration at doses > or = 150 mg/m2 for patients with breast cancer and strongly suggest that the utility of this drug can be substantially increased with appropriate hematopoietic support.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic / administration & dosage*
  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic / pharmacokinetics
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Doxorubicin / administration & dosage*
  • Doxorubicin / pharmacokinetics
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy


  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
  • Doxorubicin