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Optimal single sampling time-point for monitoring of praziquantel exposure in children

Praziquantel pharmacokinetics studies in schistosomiasis infected children are scarce partly due to the challenges/complexity of intensive blood sampling in the target population. This study was aimed to investigate the optimal single sampling time-point for monitoring praziquantel exposure. This was intensive pharmacokinetic study conducted among 32 Schistosoma mansoni infected children treated with an oral standard single-dose 40 mg/kg praziquantel. Plasma samples were collected at 0, 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 h post-praziquantel administration. Quantification of praziquantel and its enantiomers (R- and S-praziquantel) concentrations was done by Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometer (LC–MS/MS). The correlation between area under the plasma concentration–time curve from 0 to 8 h (AUC8) and plasma concentrations at each specific sampling time-point was determined by Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r2). The median age (range) of the study population was 12.5 years (10–17). The study participants were 17 males and 15 females. Both total praziquantel and its enantiomers (R- and S-praziquantel) displayed a wide inter-individual pharmacokinetic variability. Regression analysis indicated that, plasma concentrations collected at 4 h post-dose had a significantly highest correlation with the AUC8 for both total praziquantel (r2 = 0.81, p < 0.001) and S-praziquantel (r2 = 0.84, p < 0.001) than any other sampling time-point; while for R-praziquantel, plasma concentrations collected at 6 h sampling time-point had a significantly highest correlation with the AUC8 (r2 = 0.79, p < 0.001) than any other sampling time-point. Four hours sampling time-point post-praziquantel administration is ideal optimal single sampling time-point for therapeutic monitoring of total praziquantel exposure while 6 h sampling time-point is suitable for monitoring of a pharmacologically active R-praziquantel enantiomer.
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