Clofarabine, a newer purine analog with reduced central nervous system toxicity, may prove advantageous in hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients for whom neurotoxicity is a natural part of disease progression. This study evaluated clofarabine pharmacokinetics in adult and pediatric patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation for the treatment of high-risk, inherited metabolic disorders. Clofarabine (40 mg/m2/d) was administered intravenously on days -7 to -3. Kinetic sampling occurred with doses 1 and 5, along with a single level collected on day of transplant (day0). Sixteen patients were studied with a median (range) age and body surface area (BSA) of 7.5 years (0.5-43) and 0.94 m2 (0.31-2.3), respectively. Clofarabine area under the concentration-time curve from time 0 to infinity was 931 ng•h/mL (685-1876), maximum concentration was 226 ng/mL (162-600), and minimum concentration was 3.2 ng/mL (1.7-5.6). Clofarabine clearance was 1.6 L/h/kg (0.7-2.4) and weakly correlated with weight (r 2 = 0.33) and BSA (r 2 = 0.26). No difference in plasma concentrations was found between dose 1 and dose 5 (all P >.05). All concentrations were below the limit of quantification (1 ng/mL) on day 0 in patients with normal renal function. Variability in clofarabine clearance was approximately 3-fold and was not adequately explained by covariates describing renal function and body size. In patients with adequate renal function, no drug accumulation occurs with consecutive daily dosing.
- hematopoietic cell transplantation
- inherited metabolic disorders