Determination of drug dosage
When novel drugs are developed, PET method is very useful in determining suitable drug dosage (Wong et al., 2009).
Drug-induced receptor occupancy, or enzyme inhibition, is measured with PET at different drug plasma concentrations. Occupancy or inhibition is plotted as a function of drug concentration in plasma, and a function may be fitted to the curve. This curve can be accomplished with relatively few subjects and PET studies.
- Inhibition or occupancy is measured as a function of steady-state plasma concentration of the drug
- Fit a function, for example Hill function (Eq. 1, assuming that γ=1)
- Estimate the drug steady-state concentration that leads to desired (usually >90%) enzyme inhibition or receptor occupancy.
With pharmacokinetics studies (without PET), with considerably more study subjects, we can then determine the oral drug dosage that leads to required plasma concentration.
Combining PET and pharmacodynamic studies we can determine the drug dosage that leads to required enzyme inhibition or receptor occupancy.
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Updated at: 2021-02-19
Created at: 2011-11-21
Written by: Vesa Oikonen