Population pharmacokinetics of plasma-derived C1 esterase inhibitor concentrate used to treat acute hereditary angioedema attacks

Jonathan A. Bernstein, Bruce Ritchie, Robyn J. Levy, Richard L. Wasserman, Againdra K. Bewtra, David S. Hurewitz, Krystyna Obtulowicz, Avner Reshef, Dumitru Moldovan, Todor Shirov, Vesna Grivcheva-Panovska, Peter C. Kiessling, Fritz Schindel, Timothy J. Craig

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Background: C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) replacement is recommended as a first-line therapy for acute edema attacks in hereditary angioedema (HAE). Only limited pharmacokinetic analyses of the administered C1-INH in plasma are available. Objective: To investigate retrospectively the population pharmacokinetics of a plasma-derived C1-INH (pC1-INH) concentrate used to treat acute HAE attacks in a randomized, placebo-controlled phase 2/3 study in patients with HAE. Methods: Acute abdominal and facial attacks were treated with either a pC1-INH concentrate (Berinert) at single intravenous doses of 10 or 20 U/kg body weight or placebo. Plasma sampling was conducted 0, 1, and 4 hours after dosing. A nonlinear retrospective population pharmacokinetic model was obtained using the assumption of a 1-compartment model. Results: The final population pharmacokinetic model was based on data from 97 patients treated with 10 or 20 U/kg of pC1-INH concentrate. The estimated mean half-life was 32.7 hours (90% confidence interval, 16.648.8 hours), and the estimated mean clearance was 0.92 mL/kg/h (90% confidence interval, 0.501.33 mL/kg/h). Conclusions: The half-life of the same pC1-INH concentrate reported in a previous study was confirmed by this retrospective population pharmacokinetic analysis in patients treated for acute HAE attacks. In contrast to other treatment options with shorter half-lives, the long half-life of pC1-INH concentrate may provide an extended period of protection, even after the symptoms of an attack have subsided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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