Effect of Food Intake on the Pharmacodynamics of Tenapanor: A Phase 1 Study

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Tenapanor (RDX5791/AZD1722) is a minimally systemic small-molecule inhibitor of the sodium/hydrogen exchanger NHE3. Tenapanor acts in the gut to reduce absorption of sodium and phosphate. This phase 1 open-label, 3-way crossover study (NCT02226783) evaluated the effect of food on the pharmacodynamics of tenapanor. Eighteen volunteers completed a randomized sequence of three 4-day treatments with tenapanor hydrochloride 15 mg twice daily: before food, after food, and while fasting. Participants received a diet standardized for sodium content. Stool sodium was significantly higher with tenapanor administration before versus after food (difference, +8.8 mmol/day, P = .006) or while fasting (+11.8 mmol/day, P = .0004). Differences in urinary sodium were not significant. Stool phosphorus was not significantly different with tenapanor before versus after food and significantly higher before food versus while fasting (+4.9 mmol/day, P = .006). Urinary phosphorus was significantly lower when tenapanor was administered before (−3.9 mmol/day, P = .0005) or after food (−3.7 mmol/day, P = .0009) versus while fasting. No serious adverse events were reported. These data suggest the effect of tenapanor on sodium absorption is most pronounced when administered before meals, whereas the effect on phosphate is similar whether administered before or after meals. This may support different timings of tenapanor administration with respect to food for sodium- and phosphate-related indications.

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