Longitudinal Impact of Acute Spinal Cord Injury on Clinical Pharmacokinetics of Riluzole, a Potential Neuroprotective Agent.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial, Phase III;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Riluzole, a benzothiazole sodium channel blocker that received US Food and Drug Administration approval to attenuate neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1995, was found to be safe and potentially efficacious in a spinal cord injury (SCI) population, as evident in a phase I clinical trial. The acute and progressive nature of traumatic SCI and the complexity of secondary injury processes can alter the pharmacokinetics of therapeutics. A 1-compartment with first-order elimination population pharmacokinetic model for riluzole incorporating time-dependent clearance and volume of distribution was developed from combined data of the phase 1 and the ongoing phase 2/3 trials. This change in therapeutic exposure may lead to a biased estimate of the exposure-response relationship when evaluating therapeutic effects. With the developed model, a rational, optimal dosing scheme can be designed with time-dependent modification that preserves the required therapeutic exposure of riluzole.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nguyen, A; Chow, DS-L; Wu, L; Teng, YA; Sarkar, M; Toups, EG; Harrop, JS; Schmitt, KM; Johnson, MM; Guest, JD; Aarabi, B; Shaffrey, CI; Boakye, M; Frankowski, RF; Fehlings, MG; Grossman, RG

Published Date

  • September 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1232 - 1242

PubMed ID

  • 33908635

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8457124

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4604

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jcph.1876


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England