Influence of Cola on the Absorption of the HCV Agent Velpatasvir in Combination With PPI Omeprazole. (COPA)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03513393|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 1, 2018
Last Update Posted : October 19, 2020
Epclusa® is a pan-genotypic, once-daily tablet for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection containing the NS5B- polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (SOF, nucleotide analogue) 400 mg and the NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir (VEL) 100 mg.
Velpatasvir has pH dependent absorption. At higher pH the solubility of velpatasvir decreases. It has been shown that in subjects treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole, the absorption of velpatasvir is reduced by 26-56%, depending on the dose of omeprazole, concomitant food intake, and timing/sequence of velpatasvir vs. omeprazole intake. As a result, concomitant intake of PPIs with velpatasvir is not recommended.
For a number of reasons, the prohibition of PPI use with velpatasvir is a clinically relevant problem. First, PPI use is highly frequent in the HCV-infected subject population with prevalences reported up to 40%. Second, PPIs are available as over-the-counter medications and thus can be used by subjects without informing their physician. Third, although HCV therapy is generally well tolerated, gastro-intestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain and nausea are frequently reported, which my lead to PPI use.
One solution of this problem could be the use of other acid-reducing agents such as H2-receptor antagonists or antacids. In general, they have a less pronounced effect on intragastric pH, and are considered less effective than PPIs by many patients and physicians.
A second solution would be the choice of another HCV agent or combination that is not dependent on low gastric pH for its absorption such as daclatasvir. Daclatasvir, however, is not a pan-genotypic HCV agent and may be less effective against GT 2 and 3 infections than velpatasvir. Second, not all subjects have access to daclatasvir, depending on health insurance company or region where they live.
A third solution, and the focus of this COPA study, is to add a glass of the acidic beverage cola at the time of velpatasvir administration in subjects concurrently treated with PPIs. This intervention has been shown to be effective for a number of drugs from other therapeutic classes who all have in common a reduced solubility (and thus reduced absorption) at higher intragastric pH, namely erlotinib, itraconazole, ketoconazole.
The advantages of this approach are: (1) only a temporary decrease in gastric pH at the time of cola intake; the rest of the day the PPI will have its therapeutic effect (2) cola is available worldwide (3) the administration of cola can be done irrespective to the timing of PPI use.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Hepatitis C Swallowing Disorder||Drug: velpatasvir||Phase 1|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||11 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Crossover Assignment|
|Intervention Model Description:||An open-label, 3-period, single-centre, phase-I, multi PPI dose, single velpatasvir dose trial in 12 healthy volunteers.|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Influence of the Acidic Beverage Cola on the Absorption of the HCV Agent Velpatasvir in Healthy Volunteers Being Treated With the Proton Pump Inhibitor Omeprazole.|
|Actual Study Start Date :||August 1, 2018|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||December 1, 2018|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 1, 2018|
Experimental: A: Epclusa + omeprazole + Coca Cola (test 1)
Day 1 - 6 40mg omeprazole QD; on Day 5 a single-dose of SOF/VEL with 250 mL of Coca Cola Classic is administered (test 1).
Experimental: B: Epclusa + omeprazole + water (test 2)
Day 8 - 13: 40mg omeprazole QD; on Day 12 a single-dose of SOF/VEL is administered (test 2).
Active Comparator: C: Epclusa + water (Reference)
Day 15 - 21: no treatment with omeprazole; on Day 19 a single-dose of SOF/VEL is administered (reference).
- Bioequivalence AUC0-inf [ Time Frame: 21 days ]
Determination of velpatasvir AUC0-inf by noncompartmental analysis.
Descriptive statistics for the plasma concentrations of velpatasvir at each sampling time. Descriptive statistics for each PK parameter per treatment (geometric mean + CV%).
Geometric Mean Ratios and 90% confidence intervals of pharmacokinetic parameters of A (Test 1) vs. C (Reference) and of B (Test 2) vs. C (Reference).
AUC0-inf geometric mean ratios with a 90% Cl falling entirely within the range of 0.7 to 1.43 are considered bioequivalent.
- Safety and tolerability of Epclusa in healthy volunteers [ Time Frame: 21 days ]
To evaluate the safety and tolerability of SOFA/EL tablets in healthy volunteers.
Adverse events after administration of SOFA/EL in the three interventions will be described and compared (including clinically relevant laboratory abnormalities).
- Bioequivalence (Cmax) [ Time Frame: 21 days ]Determination of velpatasvir Cmax by noncompartmental analysis.
- Bioequivalence AUC0-48h [ Time Frame: 21 days ]Determination of velpatasvir AUC0-48h by noncompartmental analysis.
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|Radboud university medical Center|
|Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands, 6525 GA|