Given the lack of data regarding the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) during pregnancy, we aimed to evaluate the placental transfer of oseltamivir phosphate and its active metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate, using the perfused placental cotyledon model.Study Design
Cotyledons were coperfused with oseltamivir phosphate and oseltamivir carboxylate using the maximal concentrations described with a 75 mg, twice-daily oral dose. Main transfer parameters such as fetal transfer rate (FTR) and clearance index (CI) were assessed.Results
Five placentas were coperfused with oseltamivir phosphate and oseltamivir carboxylate. The median FTR of oseltamivir phosphate was 8.5% (range, 5.0–11.6%) and the median CI was 0.3 (range, 0.2–0.6). Regarding oseltamivir carboxylate transplacental transfer, the median FTR was 6.6% (range, 3.9–9.7%), whereas the median CI was 0.2 (range, 0.2–0.5).Conclusion
A transplacental transfer of oseltamivir phosphate and its metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate was detected and might have clinical relevance. Clinicians should be encouraged to report oseltamivir treatment outcomes during pregnancy.