Journal article

How can we do pharmacokinetic studies in the tropics?

JA Simpson, L Aarons, NJ White

TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | ROYAL SOC TROPICAL MEDICINE | Published : 2001

Abstract

Information regarding the pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) properties of a drug provides the basis for optimizing dosing. PK-PD information should be obtained from patients representative of the overall target population, but in many tropical hospitals or health care facilities it may be medically hazardous or logistically difficult for an ill patient or a young child to be sampled repeatedly. Traditional methods used to determine the pharmacokinetic properties of a drug require analysis of a large number of blood samples per subject. However, using modern statistical methods, sparse datasets (i.e. with assay results from only a few, or as little as one blood sample per subject)..

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