Clinical experience with new formulation SUBAVR -itraconazole for prophylaxis in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation or treatment for haematological malignancies


Blake Nield, Stephen R. Larsen and Sebastiaan J. van Hal
J Antimicrob Chemother, 2019


Background: SUper BioAvailability-itraconazole (SUBAVR -itraconazole) was introduced into Australia in April 2014 as a substitute for standard itraconazole on the basis of improved bioavailability, tolerance and interpatient variability. Shortly after its introduction, our centre converted to the novel formulation for mould prophylaxis in patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT, autologous HSCT or treatment for haematological malignancies with an intermediate/high risk of invasive fungal infection (IFI). Methods: A single-institution, investigator-initiated retrospective cohort study was conducted between June 2016 and April 2018 to assess therapeutic drug concentrations, safety and tolerability of a standard prophylactic dose of SUBAVR -itraconazole. Results: A total of 74 patients were assessed across 98 admissions with 178 measured itraconazole trough concentrations. The median duration of prophylaxis was 15.5 (1–59) days. No significant correlation was identified between trough concentrations and patient demographics including gender and weight. Drug concentrations were reduced by gastric acid suppression and diarrhoea. Therapeutic itraconazole trough concentrations (0.5 mg/L) were achieved at a median of 7 (95% CI"6–8) days, with 87% of patients achieving therapeutic concentrations at day 14 (expected steady-state). One (1%) proven/probable IFI and 5 (5%) possible breakthrough IFIs were identified. Although adverse events were experienced by 42% of the cohort, only a single event was directly attributable to SUBAVR -itraconazole, resulting in change of prophylactic agent. Conclusions: SUBAVR -itraconazole achieved rapid therapeutic trough concentrations, was associated with low rates of IFI and was well tolerated in the study population. This formulation should be considered a realistic and safe first-line agent for the prevention of IFIs in those undergoing HSCT and intermediate/high-risk therapy for haematological malignancies.