The aim was to compare the pharmacokinetic profiles of two formulations of a combination drug product containing 0.5 mg testosterone and 50 mg sildenafil for female sexual interest/arousal disorder. The prototype (formulation 1) consists of a testosterone solution for sublingual administration and a sildenafil tablet that is administered 2.5 h later. The dual route/dual release fixed dose combination tablet (formulation 2) employs a sublingual and an oral route for systemic uptake. This tablet has an inner core of sildenafil with a polymeric time delay coating and an outer polymeric coating containing testosterone. It was designed to increase dosing practicality and decrease potential temporal non-adherence through circumventing the relatively complex temporal dosing scheme.METHODS
Twelve healthy premenopausal subjects received both formulations randomly on separate days. Blood was sampled frequently to determine the pharmacokinetics of free testosterone, total testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, sildenafil and N-desmethyl-sildenafil.RESULTS
Formulation 2 had a higher maximum concentration (Cmax) for testosterone, 8.06 ng ml–1 (95% confidence interval [CI] 6.84, 9.28) and higher area under the plasma concentration–time curve (AUC), 7.69 ng ml–1 h (95% CI 6.22, 9.16) than formulation 1, 5.66 ng ml–1 (95% CI 4.63, 6.69) and 5.12 ng ml–1 h (95% CI 4.51, 5.73), respectively. Formulation 2 had a lower Cmax for sildenafil, 173 ng ml–1 (95% CI 126, 220) and a lower AUC, 476 ng ml–1 h (95% CI 401, 551) than formulation 1, 268 ng ml–1 (95% CI 188, 348) and 577 ng ml–1 h (95% CI 462, 692), respectively. Formulation 2 released sildenafil after 2.75 h (95% CI 2.40, 3.10).CONCLUSIONS
The dual route/dual release fixed dose combination tablet fulfilled its design criteria and is considered suitable for further clinical testing.