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Research Article - (2017) Volume 9, Issue 5

Comparative Bioavailability of Two Oral Perampanel Formulations in Healthy Subjects: A Randomized, Open Label, Single-Dose, 2-Way Crossover Study

Yerino GA1*, Feleder EC1, Otero AM1, Diaz L2, Sakson M2, Mondelo N2 and Roldán EJA2
1F.P., Clinical Pharma-Pharmacokinetic Unit, Buenos Aires, C1425BAB, Argentina
2Gador S.A., Buenos Aires, C1414CUI, Argentina
*Corresponding Author: Yerino GA, F.P. Clinical Pharma, 4484 Juncal St., 3rd Floor, Buenos Aires, C1425BAB, Argentina, Tel: 5411-47752640


Background: Perampanel is a glutamate non-competitive receptor antagonist that is effective as adjunctive treatment for epilepsy. No studies regarding comparative bioavailability between a generic perampanel formulation and the brand-name product have been published in the literature. Therefore, the goal of the present investigation was to compare the bioavailability and to evaluate the bioequivalence between a novel pharmaceutical equivalent 12 mg film-coated tablet formulation and the reference product.

Methods: An open label, randomized-sequence, two-period, two-treatment, single-dose, crossover design study in healthy volunteers(n=24) was conducted. The treatment was split out by a 42 days wash-out period. The informed consent was signed by all volunteers. Healthy subjects of both genders, including non-pregnant and nonlactating females between 21-55 years with Quetelet index between 19-29 kg/m2 were enrolled. Blood samples were withdrawn in vacutainers with EDTA over 168 h and plasma levels of perampanel were measured by HPLC/ fluorescence method. Pharmacokinetic (PK) variables (Cmax, AUC0-last, and AUCinf) after a single oral administration dose of the test and reference treatments were analyzed by a non-compartmental PK model using natural logtransformed data and were compared by ANOVA for a two-treatment crossover design. Bioequivalence between the two formulations was evaluated using the 90% Confidence Interval (CI) comprised between 80-125% corresponding to the ratio of the geometric means for log-transformed PK parameters.

Results: A similar bioavailability between products was determined. Test and reference formulations showed no statistically significant differences in relation to the fixed effect of period, sequence, treatment and volunteers within sequence as random effect for PK variables. The estimated point and 90% CI of the ratios of Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf were 0.92 (0.83-1.03), 1.04(0.98-1.10) and 0.98 (0.86-1.11), respectively. The formulations showed comparable safety and tolerability.

Conclusion: The new pharmaceutical equivalent perampanel 12 mg film-coated tablet formulation was also bioequivalent to the reference product. Therefore, both drugs are interchangeable.

Keywords: Pharmacokinetics; Bioequivalence; Perampanel; Epilepsy; Healthy subjects


Perampanel (CAS 380917-97-5) is an Antiepileptic Drug (AED) with novel mechanism of action due to its selective, non-competitive AMPA glutamate receptor antagonist [1]. A subtype glutamate receptor, AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid) has been an active target for epilepsy drug development because it seems to participate in the induction and spread of epileptic seizures [2]. Phase III clinical trials have established the efficacy and safety of perampanel as adjunctive therapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalized seizures in patients with epilepsy aged ≥12 years old [3- 5]. Perampanel oral film-coated tablet formulations were developed to enhance patient adherence to treatment. A hallmark of perampanel is its long half-life allowing just a one daily dose which contribute to the patient drug compliance [6]. The maximum recommended daily dose of perampanel is 12 mg being initiated with a daily dose of 2 mg. Since the 12 mg film-coated tablet was not tested in clinical trials, this formulation was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 after demonstrating bioequivalence to perampanel 2 mg film-coated tablet formulation [7].

Several single and multi-dose Pharmacokinetics (PKs) studies have been conducted both in healthy subjects and in epilepsy patients [6,8]. Perampanel has a mean oral absolute bioavailability of 100% after an oral administration [9,10]. Following oral administration of a 12 mg single dose in a subset of healthy fasted volunteers enrolled in phase I pharmacokinetic studies, perampanel showed a mean maximum concentration (Cmax) of 336 ng/ml reached at 0.5 to 4 h (Tmax) post-dosing with a mean area under the plasma concentrationversus- time curve (AUCinf) of approximately 21000 ng*h/ml and a half-life (T1/2) of 100 h [11]. Dose-proportionally between the dose range of 0.2 to 12 mg has been demonstrated for the AUC parameter in pharmacokinetic studies [12]. Some pharmaceutical issues should be considered in the elaboration of a new perampanel formulation. Firstly, no biopharmaceutical classification for perampanel has been established since complete dissolution is not observed at pH 4.5 or above, being soluble in water only at acidic pH (pKa=3.24) [11]. Also, the manufacturing process of a perampanel formulation requires the hydrate polymorphic form among the different polymorphism observed [12].

Bioequivalence between a generic and a brand-name product is currently established considering the Cmax, the time to reach the maximum concentration (Tmax) and the area under a curve defined by serum concentration as a function of time (AUC) of both formulations [13]. Bioequivalence studies are important in generic versions of Narrow Therapeutic Index (NTI) drugs, such as perampanel [14]. Several generic versions of AEDs have been approved for the market worldwide in the recent years. However, published pharmacokinetic studies regarding a comparative bioavailability between a generic perampanel formulation and the brand-name product are not available in the literature.

The main aim of the present study was to compare the bioavailability in terms of rate and extent of absorption of a new generic 12 mg filmcoated tablet formulation of perampanel manufactured in Argentina to that of the reference drug in fasted adult healthy subjects and to assess bioequivalence between both formulations. The second goal of this study was to evaluate tolerability and safety between formulations.

Subjects and Methods

Study design and setting

The study was an open label, randomized-sequence, two-period, two-treatment, single-dose, single-center, balanced, crossover trial. It was performed at FP Clinical Pharma Pharmacokinetic Unit, Buenos Aires, Argentina, during October 2016 and January 2017. The study design is summarized in Figure 1. The clinical trial protocol and the Informed Consent Form (IFC) were both approved by the Institutional Review Board, the Independent Ethic Committee (Comité de Ética en Investigación Clínica “CEIC”, Buenos Aires, Argentina, revision number 1304/07/2016) and the National Regulatory Agency (ANMAT-MOH) before study start-up. All clinical procedures were conducted according to the ethical doctrine stated in the Declaration of Helsinki regarding clinical research, according to the ICH-Good Clinical Practice guidance, and to the FDA requirements to perform a bioavailability and bioequivalence trial [13,15,16]. An approved IFC was signed by each subject who participated in the study. This study is registered in Argentina-RENIS-Ministry of Health (Nº:IS001202).


Figure 1: Study design evaluating the comparative pharmacokinetics of a single dose of two perampanel formulations in healthy subjects.


The study subjects were randomly assigned each group of 12, to receive a single dose of perampanel each in one of two sequences of treatments (Test-Reference or Reference-Test) in compliance with the FDA guidance. 17 Perampanel was administered in one 12 mg film-coated tablet as test preparation (“Pyxis”, batch No. 25170), manufactured by Gador S.A. Laboratory (Buenos Aires, Argentina), or in one 12 mg film-coated tablet of the reference drug (“Fycompa”, batch No. 115072), manufactured by Eisai Pharma AG (Zurich, Switzerland) as reference preparation, either. Reference product was purchased abroad. Oral administration of treatments included 240 ml of non-carbonated mineral water in two different dosing periods according to the predetermined randomized sequence of treatment. A 42-day wash-out period between treatments was established regarding the FDA guidance recommendation for long half-life drug studies such as perampanel [17].

Subjects were required to fast for at least 10 h overnight before admission to the study site and to abstain from water intake between one-hour pre-dosing and until 2 h after dosing. Crushing or chewing the study medication was not allowed. After each drug administration, a mouth control was carried out in all subjects. Diet restrictions also included nothing by mouth (i.e., food or drinks) during the first 2 h post-dose, up to 240 ml of non-carbonated mineral intake from 2 to 4 h post-dose and water consumption after the 4 h post-dose ad libitum. All subjects received a similar lunch and afternoon meal after the 4-h and 8-h pharmacokinetic blood sample time point throughout both periods of dosing. The study medication was storage while on study according to the environmental conditions established by the prescribing information of the product provided by the sponsor. from crushing or chewing the study medication.

Study population

Sample size calculation was estimated on the formula of Marzo and Balant, considering a Cmax intra-individual coefficient of variation (CV) of 25% for perampanel according to literature [11,12,18]. Twenty-eight healthy adult subjects of both genders, including non-pregnant and non-lactating females between 21 and 55 years of age were included in the study. Inclusion criteria comprised a Quetelet Index ranging from 19 to 29 kg/m2. A negative serum pregnancy test (Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin [βhCG] at the screening visit was mandatory in all women of childbearing potential with confirmed last menstrual period by anamnesis, except for women of non-childbearing potential (i.e. surgically sterile or with at least 2 years postmenopausal or menopause confirmed by Follicle-Stimulating Hormone [FSH] testing) with written documentation). Also, men and women of reproductive potential were compelled to agree to use a highly effective contraception method when sexually active for the time between signing of the ICF and 42 days after the last administration of study drug. Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate and axillary temperature), laboratory tests (hematology, biochemistry, blood clots, urinalysis) and 12-lead ECGs were required to have no clinically significant findings. Screening for infectious diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) were also to be negative as a requisite. Subjects with a medical condition such as gastrointestinal disease or surgery, or cardiovascular, respiratory, hepatic, renal, hematopoietic, endocrine-metabolic, neurological or psychiatric diseases were excluded. Subjects who reported a history of alcohol or drug abuse in the last year, with QT/QTc (Bazett´s Formula) interval above 450 ms on screening ECGs or with a history of weight gain or weight loss ≥10% between the screening visit and the first dose of the study drugs were also excluded. Use of medicine of any kind including herbal medicines were prohibited within two weeks previous of first dosing and up to the last sample collection. Other exclusion criteria commonly established by FDA guidance regarding bioequivalence studies were implemented at screening visit [13]. Smokers were required to abstain from of any type of tobacco while on the study. Subjects were asked to abstain from foods and beverages intake with xanthines or alcohol and to avoid sun exposure, strenuous exercise and sports for 24 h before the administration of the research product and during the hospitalizations at the pharmacokinetic unit.

Sample collection

Blood samples (8 ml each) were collected by venipuncture in vacutainers containing EDTA as an anticoagulant for pharmacokinetic evaluation at these time points: 0 (pre-dose), 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2, 3, 5, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120 and 168 hours after the administration of each treatment orally. Samples were centrifuged at once and the separated plasma was stored at -20ºC before analysis.

Bioanalytical procedures

Concentration of perampanel was measured using an HPLC/ fluorescence (FLD) method and a liquid chromatograph SHIMADZU Prominence 20 with an automatic injector SIL-30AC and FLD RF- 20A XS detector with an analytical column 25 × 0.46 cm, Hypersil BDS, C18, 5μ, fluorescence detection within 360 to 432 nm in human plasma. Acetonitrile and Zink sulfate (ZnSO4 30%) were used to perform the extraction method, followed, by centrifugation to separate proteins from the plasma. Subsequently, the supernatant was diluted in water and injected into an isocratic system by HPLC. The mobile phase consisted of an PRMP phase (50%), Methanol (15%) and Acetonitrile (35%). Perampanel quantification was determined using the external standard method. The Lowest Limit of Quantification (LLOQ) corresponding to perampanel was 10 μg/l. We constructed a calibration curve covering the range of 10 to 2000 μg/l. The curves were linear over the calibration concentration range (r=0.999) for each mobile phase. Three separate analytical runs, each containing 4 Quality Control (QC) levels (LLOQ, LQC: 30 μg/l; MQC: 1000 μg/l and HQC: 1500 μg/l) involving the calibration range in replicates of 5 were employed to assess the precision and accuracy of the validation assay. Inter-and intra assay precision had a coefficients of variations (CVs) <15% and <20% at the LLOQ. Inter-and intra assay accuracy had mean BIAS values within ±15% of nominal values and within ±20% at the LLOQ. The principles of the FDA guidance were considered for bioanalytical method validation [19].

In vitro dissolution tests

Dissolution studies performed in vitro of both film-coated tables were studied in a USP apparatus type II with a paddle stirrer at 75 rpm using three dissolution mediums: 900 ml of 0.1 M HCL (pH 1.2) at 37ºC; acetate buffer (pH 4.5) and phosphate buffer (pH 6.8) at 37ºC. An equation obtained from a standard curve was used to calculate the percentage of the released drug. Results are shown in Figure 2. A very fast dissolution profile was exhibited by both formulations at pH 1.2 (Figure 2A). Therefore, it was not necessary to calculate f2 to demonstrate similarity at this pH. Both formulations showed a dissolution of the pharmaceutical drug between 16 and 34% at the maximum time evaluated for 20 minutes at pHs 4.5 and 6.8 (Figure 2B and 2C). Hence, the conditions to estimate f2 factor were not met at these pHs. However, these products can be considered with similar behavior since these results are consistent with dissolution profiles for perampanel reported previously; slightly soluble in 0.1 M HCL at 37 °C and practically insoluble in pH 4.5 USP buffer acetate and pH 7.5 phosphate buffer at 37ºC [11,12].


Figure 2: In vitro dissolution profiles for Perampanel for Reference (R-circles) and Test (T-triangle) formulations.

Pharmacokinetic evaluation

We used a non-compartmental pharmacokinetic model (WinNonlin, version 6.4; Certara, US) to analyze plasma concentration-time data from the test and reference formulations obtained after oral dosing. The Cmax and Tmax were defined as the highest plasma concentration and the resultant sampling time, respectively. The first order rate constant linked with the terminal portion of the curve estimated by linear regression of time vs. log-concentration was considered as the slope of the log-linear regression function (λ). The trapezoidal rule was employed to construct the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from the time of dosing to the last quantifiable concentration (AUC0-last). The AUCinf was characterized as the AUC from dosing time extrapolated to infinity considering the final measurable plasma level (Cn) and was calculated using the equation AUC0-inf = AUC + (Cn/λ). The elimination half-life (T1/2) was calculated as ln2/λ. Data from samples with pharmacokinetic values below the LLOQ in bioanalytical assays was analyzed by a generated pharmacokinetic (PK) rule. We excluded from the PK analysis group any subject who experienced twice emesis at or before the median time to maximum concentration (Tmax) for the analyte [13].

Safety assessment

We performed physical examination, a 12-lead ECG, hematology, serum chemistry (fasting glucose, urea, creatinine, liver function panel, blood clots tests) and urinalysis for safety evaluation at the screening visit (Day-21 to -1). Female with childbearing potential were tested with a urine pregnancy test at screening visit and previous to each dosing period. We performed a short physical examination before each drug administration in the morning. Vital parameters (hart rate, blood pressure in supine position and axillary temperature) were recorded at the screening visit, and at predefined time-points (pre-dose, 2.0, 4.0, 8.0, and 12 h post-dose) during the dosing periods. Subject`s Adverse Events (AEs) were collected immediately after ICFs were signed and until the end of the study. Investigators evaluated the seriousness, severity (CTCAE), and the causality assessment of AEs.

Statistical analysis

Baseline demographic variables between sequence groups (Test- Reference versus Reference-Test) were compared using Wilcoxon -Mann Whitney two-sample rank-sum test for mean values and Chi2 for proportions. We used natural log-transformed data to analyze the PK parameters: Cmax, AUC0-last, and AUCinf for perampanel. These PK parameters were statistically analyzed using the ANOVA test for a 2-treatment crossover design. The model considered the fixed effects of treatment, period, sequence and the random effect of subjects within sequence. The average perampanel bioavailability of test formulation relative to the reference formulation was expressed as the ratio of respective estimated mean exposure and 90% Confidence Intervals (CIs) in terms of Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf. Schuirmann’s two one-sided t tests were used to compare μT/μR ratios for the PK parameters. Bioequivalence was demonstrated when the point estimate and the 90% CIs values for the ratio of the geometric least-squares means (test treatment/reference treatment) fell within the acceptance interval of 80% to 125% for the primary PK parameters in agreement with the international guidelines for bioequivalence studies. A conventional significance level of 0.05 was used in all statistical tests [13,20].


Subject population

Twenty-eight healthy native Caucasian subjects participated in the trial. Four subjects withdrew their informed consent before the period 1 of the study due to personal reasons. Thus 24 subjects were randomized to the sequence group. Finally, 23 subjects completed the study according to the protocol. Subjects allocation and disposition is illustrated in Figure 3. No significant differences were found in demographic characteristics and mean heath parameters between sequence groups as depict in Table 1.


Figure 3: Study flow of subject’s allocation and disposition.

Sequence Group Total (n=24) p
Test-Reference (n=12) Reference-Test (n=12)
Age (years), mean ± SD 35.33 ± 12.53 41.08 ± 7.95 38.20 ± 10.68 0.21
Height (cm), mean ± SD 169.75 ± 8.91 170.83 ± 9.41 169.79 ± 9.03 0.60
Weight (kg), mean ± SD 72.87 ± 13.75 76..90 ± 12.35 74.89 ± 12.95 0.45
BMI (kg/m2), mean ± SD 25.38 ± 2.98 26.21 ± 2.53 25.79 ± 2.73 0.37
Gender (male/female), n (%) 8 (66.6)/4 (33.3) 7 (58.3)/5 (41.6) 15 (62.5) /9 (37.5) 0.67
Smoke (yes), n (%) 1 (8.3) 1 (8.3) 2 (8.3) 1.00
Alcohol (yes), n (%) 3 (25.0) 2 (16.6) 5 (20.8) 0.61
Xanthines (yes), n (%) 11 (91.6) 11 (91.6) 22 (91.6) 1.00

Table 1: Demographic characteristics of study subjects.


Twenty-two subjects comprised the data set for perampanel PK analysis. One subject was excluded for non-detectable perampanel plasma levels under the LLOQ. Plasma PK values for perampanel are described in Table 2. Mean plasma concentration-time curves from test and reference formulations after single dosing are represented in Figures 4A and 4B. The two formulations curves showed a similar PK profile for an immediate release formulation with long half-life and both curves were essentially superimposed. Perampanel concentrations declined in a biphasic manner for both the test and reference formulations after the achievement of Cmax. Moreover, perampanel formulations showed similar mean Tmax and half-life values. The analysis of variance using the PK parameters of ln Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf. demonstrated no statistically significant difference between the test and the reference formulations (p<0.05) regarding the fixed effect of treatment, period, sequence, and subjects within sequence as random effect.


Figure 4A: Mean plasma concentration-time curves for perampanel (n=23) following single dose administration of test and reference (1 × 12 mg) film-coated tablets, in fasting healthy subjects. Test=Triangle and reference=Circles.


Figure 4B: Mean plasma log-concentration-time curves for perampanel (n=23) following single dose administration of test and reference (1 × 12 mg) film-coated tablets. Test=Triangle and reference=Circles.

Perampanel PK Parameter Reference Treatment (n=22) Test Treatment (n=22)
Cmax (ng/ml), mean ± SD 197.87 (55.78) 189.33 (85.28)
Tmax (hours), mean ± SD 3.64 (6.73) 4.23 (6.86)
AUC0-last (ng*h/ml), mean ± SD 16427.39 (6636.86) 17644.26 (9060.38)
AUCinf (ng*h/ml), mean ± SD 37476.77 (30964.60) 35317.17 (18729.91)
(Ke) (1/h) 0.005 (0.003) 0.006 (0.004)
Half-life (hours), mean (SD) 183.82 (92.72) 162.37 (74.26)

Table 2: Pharmacokinetic parameters of perampanel in fasting healthy subjects (n=22) after a 12-mg single oral dose of test or reference treatment.

Perampanel PK log-transformed values and the results of the statistical analysis in relation to their geometric least squares mean ratios for the test and reference treatment are summarized in Table 3. The test/ reference ratio (μT/μR) for the log-transformed data corresponding to the geometric means (%) for all primary pharmacokinetic parameters (AUC0-t, AUCinf, Cmax) and the corresponding two-sided 90% CIs were contained within the established boundaries of 80 to 125 %. Therefore, the null hypothesis of the two one-sided Schuirmann´s t-test was rejected (p<0.05). Coefficients of intra-individual variation for Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf were 0.20, 0.11 and 0.24; respectively. Coefficients of inter-individual variation for Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf were 0.27, 0.32 and 0.47; respectively.

Pharmacokinetic Parameter Ref GeoLMS (*) Test GeoLMS (**) Ratio (% Ref)) CI 90%  Classical Schuirmann’s Two One-sided t Test p Power of the Analysis
Ln (Cmax), ng/ml 189.57 175.86 92.77 83.41 to 103.17 P (0<80%)=0.0130
P (0>125%)=0.0000
p<0.05 0.96
Ln (AUC0-last), ng*h/ml 15481.72 16162.25 104.40 98.37 to 110.79 P (0<80%)=0.0000
P (0>125%)=0.0000
p<0.05 1.00

Ln (AUC0-inf), ng*h/ml
31741.14 31140.74 98.11 86.59 to 111.15 P (0<80%)=0.0053
P (0>125%)=0.016
p<0.05 0.91

(*) Ref Geo LSM=Reference Geometric Least Squares Mean
(**) Test Geo LMS=Test Geometric Least Squares Mean

Table 3: Bioequivalence analysis for perampanel following single-oral dose administration of either test or reference drug (12 mg).

Safety and tolerability

Safety and tolerability was assessed in 24 subjects who received the investigational product. All subjects tolerated well both perampanel formulations. After a single oral dose of perampanel 12 mg no clinically significant findings were observed relation to vital signs. AEs are summarized in Table 4. A total of 5 subjects experienced at least one AE. The investigators considered four from five AEs as related to the investigational product. All related AEs were of mild intensity (CTCAE Grade 1) and they resolved without requiring any treatment. One AE (right elbow contusion secondary to local trauma) was of moderate intensity (CTCAE Grade 2) and was considered by the investigators as not related to the investigational product.

Adverse Events Test (n=24) Reference (n=24) Total
SOC* PT* Related Not-Related Related Not-Related
Nervous system disorders Headache 1(1)** _ 1(1) _ 2(2)
Dizziness _ _ 1(1) _ 1(1)
Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea 1(1) _ _ _ 1(1)
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications Contusion _ 1(1) _ _ 1(1)

(*) SOC: System Organ Class; PT: Preferred Term, MedDRA v 20.0
(**) Number of AEs (Number of subjects with AEs)

Table 4: Adverse events per treatment (n=24).

Discussion and Conclusion

The goal of this study was to compare the bioavailability in terms of rate and extent of absorption of a new pharmaceutical equivalent film-coated tablet formulation manufactured in Argentina (test product) containing 12 mg of perampanel to that from the reference product in native healthy volunteers; and to demonstrate bioequivalence between them. The Cmax and AUC comparisons between the test and reference products showed no significance differences regarding the rate and extent of absorption. This was also evidenced by the superimposed plasma perampanel concentration-time curves. The null hypothesis that the calculated PK parameters (Cmax and AUCs log-transformed) exceeded the margins of acceptance established for bioequivalence could be rejected since the 90% CIs of the ratios (μT/μR) for these PK parameters was revealed to be within the fixed margins (80% to 125%) and all probability values were found at a level of statistical significance less to 0.05 by the Schuirmann´s two one-sided t test procedure (probability of exceeding margins of acceptance).

To our knowledge, no other bioequivalence study evaluating perampanel as a single dosage formulation of 12 mg between a generic and brand-name product has been previously reported in the literature. In addition, this is the first report of perampanel bioequivalence done in the same population in which the test product will be marketed.

Parameters of bioavailability observed in this study are consistent with a previous perampanel population (pop) PK analysis based on phase I studies carried out in healthy subjects using a two-compartment model with first-order absorption [6]. When perampanel is administered as a single oral dose in a 12-mg film coated tablet formulation to healthy subjects (n=45) under fasting condition, mean ± SD (range) pop PK parameters corresponding to Cmax and AUCinf are estimated in 335.7 ± 119.8 ng/ml (5331-61986) and 21033 ± 10034 ng/ml (5331-61986) ng*h/ml, respectively [6,11]. Perampanel median (range) Tmax value calculated is 1.0 (0.5-4.0) hours [6,11]. In the present study, the mean calculated AUCinf from test and reference product (35317.1 and 37476.7 ng*h/ml, respectively) were slightly higher and mean Cmax from test and reference product (226.8 and 232.6 ng/ml, respectively) were slightly lower than mean values reported in the previous population PK analysis [6,11]. These results may be explained due to a quite large inter-individual variability of perampanel pharmacokinetics. Perampanel’s coefficients of variations (CV) expressed as CV% in many single and multiple dose PK studies carried out in healthy subjects’ range between 15% to 40% in relation to Cmax and the CV% of AUCinf is reported to vary from 30 to 60% after a single dose-dose administration [11,12]. Also, in epilepsy patients the variability of perampanel plasma concentrations is reported with an inter-individual CV of 132% [8]. In our study, the AUC0-last was not truncated after the completion of distribution phase as it was done in some previous PK studies. Therefore, differences in the duration in blood sampling collection for perampanel plasma concentrations could possibly be another source of the variability of the results in the PK parameters.

In our study, mean perampanel half-life values (162.3 and 183.8 h) corresponding to the test and reference products were slightly longer than the mean elimination half-life of 105 h estimated in the pop PK analysis from phase I studies [6,9,10]. A broad variation in Perampanel’s half-lives values is also reported in literature being proposed that the difficulty to estimate if there are two or three disposition phases could possibly be linked to the different terminal half-life results [6,11]. In the present study, half-life between-subject CV for the test and reference formulation were 45.70% and 50.4%, respectively. Since there is no study reported in individuals of the Latin American region, the variability could also be a partially explained as a population effect.

The pharmacokinetics of perampanel in epilepsy patients has been reported to be like that in healthy subjects [11,12]. An important therapeutic advantage of perampanel is its long half-life which leads to a longer time to attain the steady state considering that lees amount of drug is eliminated between doses allowing longer dosing intervals. This PK behavior might lead to an improvement in the patient medication compliance.

In a pooled PK/PD analysis for phase III trials, the probability of AEs, such as, dizziness, somnolence, fatigue, irritability, gait disturbance, weight increase, dysarthria, euphoric mood and nausea correlated well the increasing plasma concentrations of perampanel [11]. In our study, only four AEs: headache (2), nausea and dizziness, all mild intensity (CTCAE Grade 1) related to the investigational product were registered. No serious or unexpected AEs were identified.

It has been considered that epilepsy patients may be at higher risk of seizures when they are switched from brand-name to generic AEDs in literature [21,22]. However, a systematic review and meta-analysis of trials comparing seizure outcomes from brand-name and generic AEDs showed no association between loss of seizure control and generic substitution for at least three types of AEDs [12].

In conclusion, this study demonstrated that both formulations were comparable in terms of rate and extent of absorption. The study also illustrated that the point estimate of 90% CI for the log-transformed Cmax, AUC0-last and AUCinf were in the margins of 80 to 125% and that no significant difference was found in the analysis of variance for these log-transformed PK parameters. Therefore, the present study demonstrated that the new pharmaceutical equivalent perampanel 12 mg film-coated tablet formulation is bioequivalent to the reference product. In this context, both formulations can be considered therapeutically equivalent and interchangeable as well.


All authors have approved the final article. All authors are grateful to Dr. Carlos Feleder, FP Clinical Pharma for providing editorial support.


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