Vancomycin in Pediatric Patients with Solid or Hematological Malignant Disease: Predictive Performance of a Population Pharmacokinetic Model and New Optimized Dosing Regimens

Paediatric Drugs
Amélie MarsotRomain Guilhaumou


The application of population pharmacokinetic models and Bayesian methods offers the potential to develop individualized therapeutic approaches. The current study presents an external evaluation of a vancomycin pharmacokinetic model in a pediatric cancer population and proposes an easy-to-use chart for clinicians for a priori vancomycin schedule adaptation to achieve target concentration. External evaluation of a population pharmacokinetic model of vancomycin administered via continuous infusion was realized in a new retrospective dataset of pediatric patients with cancer. The published population pharmacokinetic model was implemented in NONMEM 7.3 with the structural and variance parameter values set equal to estimates previously reported. Predictive performance was assessed by quantifying bias and accuracy of model prediction. Normalized prediction distribution errors were also evaluated. Dosage simulations were performed according to the target concentration. A total of 77 patients were included in this study, representing 146 vancomycin courses and 289 concentrations. The model adequately predicted vancomycin concentrations (median prediction error % of - 9.4%, median |PE|% of 24.1%). Based on simulation results, vancomycin...Continue Reading


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