Brief Report: Pharmacokinetics of Crushed Elvitegravir Combination Tablet Given With or Without Enteral Nutrition
We investigated whether a fixed-dose combination tablet of elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovirDF (Stribild) can be crushed and combined with enteral nutrition without influencing pharmacokinetics. This was an open-label, 3-period, single-dose, randomized, crossover trial in 24 healthy volunteers. Subjects received Stribild whole tablet with breakfast (reference), crushed/suspended Stribild + breakfast, crushed/suspended Stribild + enteral nutrition. Crushed/suspended Stribild + enteral nutrition was bioequivalent (90% confidence interval between 80% and 125%) with a whole Stribild tablet. Crushed/suspended Stribild + breakfast showed bioequivalence for the area under the curve (AUC0–32), but not for maximum concentration (Cmax) (considered not clinically relevant). Patients with swallowing difficulties or an enteral feeding tube can use crushed and suspended Stribild tablets.