Evaluation of Food Effect on the Pharmacokinetics of Sustained Release Metformin in Healthy Indian Volunteers

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
GlaxoSmithKline
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01561976
First received: February 16, 2012
Last updated: August 30, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
  Purpose

Metformin hydrochloride in its immediate release (IR) form has been successfully used for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetes; however the IR formulation may be associated with gastrointestinal side effects (especially nausea, diarrhea) in 20-30% patients, which can limit the tolerated dose, reduce adherence and result in discontinuation of therapy. Metformin hydrochloride extended release formulations have been developed to overcome these problems. In India, extended release formulations of metformin hydrochloride include metformin SR 1000mg tablet and combination of metformin hydrochloride SR 1000mg/glimepiride 2mg tablet. In the combination tablet, only metformin hydrochloride is in the extended release form. In view of the fact that extended release metformin hydrochloride is usually recommended with a meal, that food is known to affect the pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters of metformin and that there is a potential for dose dumping with extended release formulations that may lead to side effects similar to IR formulations, a study to estimate the magnitude of the food effect for these formulations in fed state compared to the fasting state is warranted. This study will be a randomized, single-center, open-label, single-dose, three-period, 6 sequence crossover study in 30 healthy adult volunteers to estimate the bioavailability of metformin from metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet given in fasting condition relative to metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet and a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR /glimepiride 2mg tablet, each given in fed condition. The safety and tolerability profile of metformin SR 1000mg tablet and metformin hydrochloride SR 1000mg/glimepiride 2mg tablet will also be evaluated in this study. The primary PK endpoints will be Cmax and AUC (0-∞). The secondary PK endpoints will include AUC (0-t), Tmax , T lag, Kel and t1/2. Safety endpoints will include vital signs, ECG, physical examination, clinical laboratory tests and adverse event reporting.


Condition Intervention Phase
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Drug: Metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
Drug: metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
Drug: Metformin hydrochloride sustained release/Glimepiride
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Pharmacokinetics Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: The Effect of Food on the Pharmacokinetics of Metformin Given Either as Metformin Hydrochloride SR 1000mg Tablet or as a Fixed Dose Combination of Metformin Hydrochloride SR 1000mg/Glimepiride 2mg Tablet in Healthy Indian Volunteers.

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Further study details as provided by GlaxoSmithKline:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cmax [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Cmax of plasma metformin

  • AUC (0-∞) [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    AUC (0-∞) of plasma metformin


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • AUC (0-t) [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    AUC (0-t) of plasma metformin

  • Tmax [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Tmax of plasma metformin

  • Tlag [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Tlag of plasma metformin

  • Kel [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Kel of plasma metformin

  • t1/2 [ Time Frame: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    t1/2 of plasma metformin

  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: Up to 21 days after initiation of study ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Number of participants with adverse events


Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
1000mg in fasting state
Drug: Metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
1000mg in fasting state
Active Comparator: metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
1000mg In fed state
Drug: metformin hydrochloride prolonged release
1000mg in fed state
Active Comparator: Metformin hydrochloride sustained release/Glimepiride
1000/2mg In fed state
Drug: Metformin hydrochloride sustained release/Glimepiride
1000/2mg in fed state

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Detailed Description:

Background:

Metformin hydrochloride, a biguanide, is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, lowering both basal and postprandial hyperglycemia either as monotherapy or in combination with other antihyperglycemic drugs. Metformin hydrochloride in its immediate release form (IR) has been used for decades in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. An IR formulation releases the entire drug within 1-2 h after dosing, resulting in high drug concentrations in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract which may be associated with GI side effects (especially nausea, diarrhea) in 20-30% patients. This can limit the tolerated dose, reduce adherence and result in discontinuation of therapy. In addition, the frequent need to administer metformin two or three times daily may also not support good adherence to therapy.

Metformin hydrochloride extended release (ER) formulations have been developed to overcome these problems. Because metformin gets absorbed in the first part of the small intestine, extended release metformin hydrochloride formulations employ various novel gastric-retentive techniques. The polymeric matrix (hydroxyl propyl methyl cellulose) of the extended release metformin tablet is designed to swell in the gastric fluid. As the matrix swells, it becomes resistant to peristalsis and is more easily retained in the stomach. Gastric fluid penetrates the matrix, dissolving the drug which then diffuses out of the matrix in the liquefied form. Metformin hydrochloride is thus slowly released from the matrix of the tablet and is absorbed when this gastric fluid passes through the small intestine. The slow release of the drug in the GI tract permits once daily dosing and also reduces the incidence of nausea (6.5%) and diarrhea (9.6%). These factors are particularly relevant for increasing treatment adherence to long term therapies like anti-diabetic medication.

Glimepiride, a new generation sulphonylurea, in doses of 1-8mg/day, is an effective treatment option for non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) patients. Oral bioavailability is approximately 100% and the absence of a food interaction guarantees highly reproducible pharmacokinetics with this drug. A combination tablet formulation of sustained release metformin hydrochloride and glimepiride is beneficial in terms of convenience of administration and patient compliance.

Metformin hydrochloride extended-release formulation should generally be given once daily with the evening meal. Administration with food increases the bioavailability of metformin hydrochloride. Food increases the extent of absorption (AUC) of metformin hydrochloride (AUC 13306 ng h/ml with high fat breakfast, AUC 10200 ng h/ml with a low fat breakfast, AUC 7506 ng h/ml in fasting condition). Food can either cause no change or an increase in Cmax of the drug. One study has reported no effect of food on the Cmax of metformin [high fat meal (1018 ng/ml), low fat meal (992 ng/ml) and fasting condition (1022 ng/ml)]. In contrast, in a healthy volunteer study with Glucophage SR 1000mg, food increased the extent of absorption (AUC) by 77%, peak plasma concentration (Cmax) by 26% and prolonged time to peak plasma concentration (Tmax) by about 1 hour as compared to the fasting state.

The mechanical stress of the grinding action of the stomach in the fed state could introduce variability if an extended release tablet containing metformin hydrochloride is broken down more rapidly than anticipated. Because food prolongs the gastric retention time, extended release formulations administered with food are exposed to longer duration of mechanical stress in the stomach. The latter raises the possibility of increased release rate (than intended) of the drug from the formulation. This can result in a higher risk of 'dose dumping', creating a potential safety risk for patients. Therefore it is clinically important to assess the effect of food on extended release formulations of metformin hydrochloride and metformin hydrochloride/glimepiride.

Study Rationale:

Extended release formulations of metformin hydrochloride in India include metformin SR 1000mg tablet and metformin hydrochloride SR 1000mg/glimepiride 2mg tablet. In the combination tablet, only metformin hydrochloride is in the extended release form. In view of the fact that extended release metformin hydrochloride is usually recommended with a meal, that food is known to affect the PK parameters of metformin and that there is a potential for dose dumping with extended release formulations that may lead to side effects similar to IR formulations, a study to estimate the magnitude of the food effect for these formulations in fed state compared to the fasting state is warranted. The safety and tolerability profile of metformin SR 1000mg tablet and metformin hydrochloride SR 1000mg/glimepiride 2mg tablet will also be evaluated in this study.

Objectives:

Primary:

To compare the pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of metformin given in a fed condition either as metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet or as a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR/glimepiride 2mg tablet with that given in fasting condition as metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet in healthy Indian volunteers.

Secondary:

To compare the safety and tolerability of metformin hydrochloride given in a fed condition either as metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet or as a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR/glimepiride 2mg tablet with that given in fasting condition as metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet in healthy Indian volunteers.

Study Design/Schematic:

This study will be a randomized, single-center, open-label, single-dose, three-period, 6 sequence crossover study in healthy adult volunteers to estimate the bioavailability of metformin from metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet given in fasting condition relative to metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR tablet and a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR /glimepiride 2mg tablet, each given in fed condition.

30 healthy adult males will be randomized to receive a single dose of metformin hydrochloride SR (1000mg) in fasting state or metformin hydrochloride SR (1000mg) in fed state or a fixed dose combination of metformin hydrochloride 1000mg SR /glimepiride 2mg tablet in fed state in each treatment period. There will be 6 treatment sequences and a washout of 7 days between each of the three treatment periods.

Subjects will have a screening visit within 21 days prior to the first dose of study drug, followed by three treatment periods, each containing a single dose of study drug, followed by 30 hours of serial PK sample collection. Subjects will check out of the unit on Day +1 after collection of the 30 hour PK sample. Subjects will be instructed to return for the next treatment period or for the final follow-up visit, as appropriate. The final follow-up visit will occur 7 days after the last dose of study drug. Subjects will be assigned to each of the three treatments randomly as per the randomization schedule.

Study participants will check into the study unit of the clinical research organisation at least 12 hours prior to dosing and will remain in the clinical research unit up to 36 hours after the administration of the investigational product. In the fasting and fed conditions, the pre-dose dinner will be administered 11 hours prior to dosing of the drug.

Following a 10-hour overnight fast, subjects will be randomized as per predetermined randomization sequences to any of three study treatment arms in a ratio of 1:1:1 and then administered a single oral dose of study drug (A: metformin SR 1000 mg in fasting state, B: metformin SR 1000 mg in fed state, C: metformin SR 1000 mg/glimepiride 2 mg in fed state) in treatment period 1. In the subsequent two study periods, subjects will receive the other treatments, according to the randomisation schedule so that all subjects receive all treatments.

In the fasting condition, the dosing of the drug will take place at the scheduled time followed by breakfast, lunch and dinner at 4, 8 and 13 hours post dose respectively. On D+1 (day after the dosing day), breakfast and lunch will be provided at 25 hours and 30 hours post dose respectively.

In the fed condition, breakfast will be served at the scheduled time. The dosing of drug will be at the same scheduled time as dosing in the fasting condition. Lunch, snack and dinner will be served at 4, 9 and 13 hours post dose respectively. On D+1, breakfast and lunch will be provided at 25 hours and 30 hours post dose respectively.

According to CDSCO recommendations for high-fat breakfast for BA/BE fed state studies, participants must consume the high-fat breakfast (950-1000 kcal, at least 50% of calories from fat, 15-20% from protein and the rest from carbohydrates) approximately 15minutes prior to dosing. A random high fat breakfast sample served in the study will be sent for analysis and the caloric breakdown of the test meal will be calculated. In both, fasting and fed conditions, the study medication will be administered with 240 ml of a 20% glucose solution. Thereafter, 60 ml of a 20% glucose solution will be administered every 15 minutes for up to 4 hours after dosing.

In each period, a total of 18 blood samples will be collected using pre-labelled 6ml K3EDTA vacutainers as per the following schedule: 0.0 (pre-dose) and 0.5, 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 30 hours after dosing. The volunteers will be housed for 36 hours after dosing. The bioanalyst will be blinded to study treatments received by the subject.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Healthy as determined by a responsible and experienced physician, based on a medical evaluation including medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, 12 lead ECG and chest-x-ray. A subject with a clinical abnormality or laboratory parameters outside the reference range for the population being studied may be included only if the Medical Investigator agrees that the finding is unlikely to introduce additional risk factors and will not interfere with the study procedures.
  2. Males between 18 and 50 years of age (both inclusive), who are willing to participate in the study and provide a written signed and dated informed consent.
  3. Body weight more than or equal to 60 kg and BMI within the range 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 (inclusive).
  4. Availability of a study volunteer for the entire study period and willingness to adhere to protocol requirements as evidenced by written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. A positive pre-study urine drug screen.
  2. A positive test for HIV antibody.
  3. Subject has clinically significant abnormal values of laboratory parameters.
  4. Regular alcohol consumption within 6 months of the study defined as an average weekly intake of >21 units. One unit is equivalent to 8 g of alcohol: a half-pint (~240 mL) of beer, 1 glass (125 mL) of wine or 1 (25 mL) measure of spirits (CTRI, 2010).
  5. The subject has participated in a clinical trial and has received an investigational product within the following time period prior to the first dosing day in the current study: 30 days, 5 half-lives or twice the duration of the biological effect of the investigational product (whichever is longer).
  6. Exposure to more than four new chemical entities within 12 months prior to the first dosing day.
  7. Unable to refrain from the use of prescription or non-prescription drugs, including vitamins, herbal and dietary supplements (including St John's Wort) within 7 days (or 14 days if the drug is a potential enzyme inducer) or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) prior to the first dose of study medication, unless in the opinion of the Investigator the medication will not interfere with the study procedures or compromise subject safety.
  8. History of sensitivity to any of the study medications, or components thereof or a history of drug or other allergy that, in the opinion of the investigator contraindicates their participation.
  9. Where participation in another study would result in donation of blood or blood products in excess of 350 ml within a 90 day period prior to this study.
  10. Unwillingness or inability to follow the procedures outlined in the protocol.
  11. Subject is mentally or legally incapacitated or the subject is incapable of understanding the informed consent.
  12. Subject has any evidence of impaired renal, hepatic, cardiac, lung or gastrointestinal function. Study volunteers with a history of tuberculosis, epilepsy, asthma (during past 5 years), diabetes, psychosis or glaucoma will not be eligible for the study.
  13. History of sensitivity to heparin or heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
  14. Regular use of tobacco- or nicotine-containing products within 6 months prior to screening.
  15. Subject is intolerant to venipuncture.
  16. Unable to refrain from consumption of red wine, seville oranges, grapefruit or grapefruit juice [and/or pummelos, exotic citrus fruits, grapefruit hybrids or fruit juices] from 7 days prior to the first dose of study medication.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01561976

Sponsors and Collaborators
GlaxoSmithKline
Investigators
Study Director: GSK Clinical Trials GlaxoSmithKline
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Responsible Party: GlaxoSmithKline
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01561976     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 116519
Study First Received: February 16, 2012
Last Updated: August 30, 2012
Health Authority: India: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Endocrine System Diseases
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Glimepiride
Metformin
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Cardiovascular Agents
Hypoglycemic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

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