Journal article

Optimization of Ganciclovir use in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients - the role of therapeutic drug monitoring

Su Ann Ho, Monica Slavin, Jason A Roberts, Michelle Yong

Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Introduction: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic infectious complication that can occur after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The mainstay of treatment and prevention of this infection is ganciclovir and its ester prodrug valganciclovir. There is conflicting evidence on the clinical utility of routine ganciclovir therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) as a means to optimize treatment.Areas covered: This review aims to describe the current knowledge of the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics of ganciclovir and valganciclovir, and to explore the evidence and challenges surrounding ganciclovir TDM within the allogeneic HCT cohort.Expert opinion: Ganciclovi..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

J.A. Roberts would like to acknowledge funding from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for a Centre of Research Excellence (APP1099452) and a Practitioner Fellowship (APP1117065). The authors wish to thank Dr Nyein Chan Aung for his illustration.