Author(s): Clops A, Sureda A, Sierra J, Queralt JM, Broto A,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Plasma concentrations of oral busulfan (BU) were measured in multiple myeloma (MM) patients undergoing autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (ASCT) with a double alkylating conditioning protocol in order to individualise doses of BU based on individual pharmacokinetic parameters and to reduce toxicities related to BU exposure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-four consecutive patients with MM participating in the co-operative Spanish protocol were prospectively evaluated. Conditioning regimen prior to autologous infusion consisted of BU followed by melphalan. BU pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated for each patient after the first dose based on measured concentrations and subsequent doses were modified as necessary to achieve target exposure. RESULTS: Mean BU exposure (AUCss) (+/-DS) before dosage modification range from 3192 to 12 180 ng h/mL. Twenty-six out of 44 (59\%) patients required dose adjustment. None of the patients developed hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD). Grade > or = II oropharyngeal mucositis was observed in the majority of patients (95\%) and the severity of mucositis increased with increasing average steady-state BU plasma concentration. There were four treatment-related deaths: two patients died from multiorgan failure and two of respiratory infections. Of the remaining 40 patients, 15 were in complete remission with negative immunofixation, 21 in partial remission and four in stable disease 3 months after ASCT. CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study show the variability in BU pharmacokinetic parameters and suggest the possible relationship between toxicities and BU exposure. Individualising BU dosage in MM patients undergoing ASCT we observed the absence of VOD.
This article was published in Eur J Haematol
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