Effect of food on the pharmacokinetics of the WEE1 inhibitor adavosertib (AZD1775) in patients with advanced solid tumors

Mats Någård, Mei-Lin Ah-See, Karen So, Marit Vermunt, Fiona Thistlethwaite, Mariette Labots, Patricia Roxburgh, Alain Ravaud, Mario Campone, Liselot Valkenburg-van Iersel, Lone Ottesen, Yan Li, Ganesh Mugundu

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PURPOSE: To support future dosing recommendations, the effect of food on the pharmacokinetics of adavosertib, a first-in-class, small-molecule reversible inhibitor of WEE1 kinase, was assessed in patients with advanced solid tumors.

METHODS: In this Phase I, open-label, randomized, two-period, two-sequence crossover study, the pharmacokinetics of a single 300 mg adavosertib dose were investigated in fed versus fasted states.

RESULTS: Compared with the fasted state, a high-fat, high-calorie meal (fed state) decreased adavosertib maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) by 16% and systemic exposure (area under the plasma concentration-time curve [AUC]) by 6%; AUC0-t decreased by 7% and time to maximum plasma concentration was delayed by 1.97 h (P = 0.0009). The 90% confidence interval of the geometric least-squares mean treatment ratio for AUC and AUC0-t was contained within the no-effect limits (0.8-1.25), while that of Cmax crossed the lower bound of the no-effect limits. Adverse events (AEs) related to adavosertib treatment were reported by 20 (64.5%) of the 31 patients treated in this study. Grade ≥ 3 AEs were reported by four (12.9%) patients (one in the fed state, three in the fasted state); two of these AEs were considered treatment-related by the investigator. Three serious AEs were reported in three (9.7%) patients; these were not considered treatment-related. No patients discontinued because of treatment-related AEs, and no new safety signals were reported.

CONCLUSION: A high-fat meal did not have a clinically relevant effect on the systemic exposure of adavosertib, suggesting that adavosertib can be administered without regard to meals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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