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Leukemia Research and Treatment
Volume 2017, Article ID 3460892, 6 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Serum Posaconazole Concentrations in Patients with Hematological Malignancies Receiving Posaconazole Suspension Compared to the Delayed-Release Tablet Formulation

1Department of Pharmacy, West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, WV, USA
2Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program, MBRCC, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
3Department of Biostatistics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Aaron Cumpston; gro.enicidemuvw@anotspmuc

Received 14 March 2017; Accepted 17 May 2017; Published 11 June 2017

Academic Editor: Daniela Cilloni

Copyright © 2017 Morgan Belling et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Posaconazole (PCZ) is frequently used for prophylaxis against invasive fungal infections (IFI) in patients undergoing induction chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Posaconazole is commercially available as an oral suspension (PCZ-susp) and as a delayed-release tablet (PCZ-tab). Differences in absorption and bioavailability between these formulations may result in variability in serum posaconazole concentrations. The primary objective of this retrospective analysis was to compare attainment of goal serum posaconazole steady state concentrations () ≥ 700 ng/ml in patients with AML/MDS undergoing induction chemotherapy receiving PCZ-susp 600–800 mg per day versus PCZ-Tablet 300 mg twice daily for one day, followed by 300 mg daily . Sixty-two patients (97%) in the PCZ-tab group compared to 20 patients (17%) in the PCZ-susp group achieved goal . Median posaconazole serum was 1,665 ng/ml (522–3,830 mg/ml) in the PCZ-tab group versus 390 ng/ml (51–1,870 ng/ml) in the PCZ-susp group . There was no difference in hepatotoxicity, QTc prolongation, or breakthrough IFI. Patients receiving PCZ-tab were significantly more likely to achieve goal and demonstrated higher versus patients receiving PCZ-susp. Prospective studies are needed to assess the potential correlation of serum concentrations with efficacy and toxicity.