Zolacin Actions

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Actions of Zolacin in details

The action of the drug on the human body is called Pharmacodynamics in Medical terminology. To produce its effect and to change the pathological process that is happening the body and to reduce the symptom or cure the disease, the medicine has to function in a specific way. The changes it does to the body at cellular level gives the desired result of treating a disease. Drugs act by stimulating or inhibiting a receptor or an enzyme or a protein most of the times. Medications are produced in such a way that the ingredients target the specific site and bring about chemical changes in the body that can stop or reverse the chemical reaction which is causing the disease.

Pharmacology: Mechanism of Action: Zolacin belongs to the class of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates which acts primarily on bone. It is an inhibitor of osteoclastic bone resorption.

Pharmacodynamic Effects: The selective action of bisphosphonates on bone is based on their high affinity for mineralised bone, but the precise molecular mechanism leading to the inhibition of osteoclastic activity is still unclear. In long-term animal studies, Zolacin inhibits bone resorption without adversely affecting the formation, mineralization or mechanical properties of bone.

In addition to being a very potent inhibitor of bone resorption, Zolacin also possesses several antitumour properties that could contribute to its overall efficacy in the treatment of metastatic bone disease. The following properties have been demonstrated in preclinical studies: In Vivo: Inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption, which alters the bone marrow microenvironment making it less conducive to tumour cell growth, antiangiogenic activity, antipain activity.

In Vitro: Inhibition of osteoblast proliferation, direct cytostatic and pro-apoptotic activity on tumor cells, synergistic cytostatic effect with other anticancer drugs, antiadhesion/invasion activity.

Pharmacokinetics: Single and multiple 5- and 15-min infusions of 2, 4, 8 and 16 mg Zolacin in 64 patients with bone metastases yielded the following pharmacokinetic data, which were found to be dose-independent.

After initiation of the Zolacin infusion, the plasma concentrations of Zolacin rapidly increased, achieving their peak at the end of the infusion period, followed by a rapid decline to <10% of peak after 4 hrs and <1% of peak after 24 hrs, with a subsequent prolonged period of very low concentrations not exceeding 0.1% of peak prior to the 2nd infusion of Zolacin on day 28.

IV administered Zolacin is eliminated via a triphasic process: Rapid biphasic disappearance from the systemic circulation, with half-lives of t½α 0.24 and t½β 1.87 hrs, followed by a long elimination phase with a terminal elimination half-life of t½γ 146 hrs. There was no accumulation of Zolacin in plasma after multiple doses of the drug given every 28 days. Zolacin is not metabolised and is excreted unchanged via the kidney. Over the 1st 24 hrs, 39±16% of the administered dose is recovered in the urine, while the remainder is principally bound to bone tissue. From the bone tissue, it is released very slowly back into the systemic circulation and eliminated via the kidney. The total body clearance is 5.04±2.5 L/hr, independent of dose, and unaffected by gender, age, race and bodyweight. Increasing the infusion time from 5-15 min caused a 30% decrease in Zolacin concentration at the end of the infusion, but had no effect on the area under the plasma concentration versus time curve.

The interpatient variability in pharmacokinetic parameters for Zolacin was high, as seen with other biphosphonates.

No pharmacokinetic data for Zolacin are available in patients with hypercalcaemia or in patients with hepatic insufficiency. Zolacin does not inhibit human P-450 enzymes in vitro, shows no biotransformation and in animal studies <3% of the administered dose was recovered in the faeces, suggesting no relevant role of liver function in the pharmacokinetics of Zolacin.

The renal clearance of Zolacin was correlated with creatinine clearance (CrCl), renal clearance representing 75±33% of the CrCl, which showed a mean of 84±29 mL/min (range 22-143 mL/min) in the 64 cancer patients studied. Population analysis showed that for a patient with CrCl of 20 mL/min (severe renal impairment), or 50 mL/min (moderate impairment), the corresponding predicted clearance of Zolacin would be 37 or 72%, respectively of that of a patient showing CrCl of 84 mL/min. Only limited pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with severe renal insufficiency (CrCl <30 mL/min).

Zolacin shows no affinity for the cellular components of blood and plasma protein-binding is low (approximately 56%) and independent of the concentration of Zolacin.

Special Populations: Pediatric Patients: Limited pharmacokinetic data in children with severe osteogenesis imperfecta suggest that Zolacin pharmacokinetics in children 3-17 years of age are similar to those in adults at a similar mg/kg dose level. Age, bodyweight, gender and CrCl appear to have no effect on Zolacin systemic exposure.

How should I take Zolacin?

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you Zolacin. Zolacin is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. The medicine must be injected slowly, so your IV tube will need to stay in place for at least 15 minutes.

For hypercalcemia, Zolacin is usually given only once. If your doctor decides that you need additional doses, you will receive the medicine again after at least 7 days have passed. This treatment will continue until your body responds to the medicine.

For bone cancer and multiple myeloma, Zolacin is usually given every 3 to 4 weeks. This treatment will continue until your body responds to the medicine.

For osteoporosis, Zolacin is usually given once a year and will continue until your body responds to the medicine.

You may also receive other medicines to help keep your body from losing too much fluid.

Your doctor may also give you vitamins containing Vitamin D and calcium. Tell your doctor if you are unable to take these supplements.

Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using Zolacin. This will keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems. However, it is very important to not drink too much liquid. Talk to your doctor about the right amount of liquids for you.

Zolacin comes with a Medication Guide. It is very important that you read and understand this information. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you do not understand.

Zolacin administration

Administration of drug is important to know because the drug absorption and action varies depending on the route and time of administration of the drug. A medicine is prescribed before meals or after meals or along with meals. The specific timing of the drug intake about food is to increase its absorption and thus its efficacy. Few work well when taken in empty stomach and few medications need to be taken 1 or 2 hrs after the meal. A drug can be in the form of a tablet, a capsule which is the oral route of administration and the same can be in IV form which is used in specific cases. Other forms of drug administration can be a suppository in anal route or an inhalation route.

Zolacin is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Zolacin must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 15 minutes to complete.

Zolacin is sometimes given only once per year. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Drink at least 2 glasses of water within a few hours before your injection to keep from getting dehydrated.

Your doctor may want you to take a calcium and/or vitamin D supplement while you are being treated with Zolacin. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about the type and strength of calcium to take.

To be sure this medicine is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. You may not need to use Zolacin for longer than 3 to 5 years if you use it for osteoporosis. Visit your doctor regularly.

Zolacin pharmacology

Pharmacokinetics of a drug can be defined as what body does to the drug after it is taken. The therapeutic result of the medicine depends upon the Pharmacokinetics of the drug. It deals with the time taken for the drug to be absorbed, metabolized, the process and chemical reactions involved in metabolism and about the excretion of the drug. All these factors are essential to deciding on the efficacy of the drug. Based on these pharmacokinetic principles, the ingredients, the Pharmaceutical company decides dose and route of administration. The concentration of the drug at the site of action which is proportional to therapeutic result inside the body depends on various pharmacokinetic reactions that occur in the body.

12.1 Mechanism of Action

Zolacin Injection is a bisphosphonate and acts primarily on bone. It is an inhibitor of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption.

The selective action of bisphosphonates on bone is based on their high affinity for mineralized bone.

Intravenously administered Zolacin rapidly partitions to bone and localizes preferentially at sites of high bone turnover. The main molecular target of Zolacin in the osteoclast is the enzyme farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase. The relatively long duration of action of Zolacin is attributable to its high binding affinity to bone mineral.

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetic data in patients with Paget's disease of bone are not available.

Distribution: Single or multiple (q 28 days) 5-minute or 15-minute infusions of 2, 4, 8 or 16 mg Zolacin were given to 64 patients with cancer and bone metastases. The post-infusion decline of Zolacin concentrations in plasma was consistent with a triphasic process showing a rapid decrease from peak concentrations at end-of-infusion to less than 1% of Cmax 24 hours post infusion with population half-lives of t1/2α 0.24 hour and t1/2β 1.87 hours for the early disposition phases of the drug. The terminal elimination phase of Zolacin was prolonged, with very low concentrations in plasma between Days 2 and 28 post infusion, and a terminal elimination half-life t1/2γ of 146 hours. The area under the plasma concentration versus time curve (AUC0-24h) of Zolacin was dose proportional from 2 to 16 mg. The accumulation of Zolacin measured over three cycles was low, with mean AUC0-24h ratios for cycles 2 and 3 versus 1 of 1.13 ± 0.30 and 1.16 ± 0.36, respectively.

In vitro and ex vivo studies showed low affinity of Zolacin for the cellular components of human blood. In vitro mean Zolacin protein binding in human plasma ranged from 28% at 200 ng/mL to 53% at 50 ng/mL.

Metabolism: Zolacin does not inhibit human P450 enzymes in vitro. Zolacin does not undergo biotransformation in vivo. In animal studies, less than 3% of the administered intravenous dose was found in the feces, with the balance either recovered in the urine or taken up by bone, indicating that the drug is eliminated intact via the kidney. Following an intravenous dose of 20 nCi 14C-Zolacin in a patient with cancer and bone metastases, only a single radioactive species with chromatographic properties identical to those of parent drug was recovered in urine, which suggests that Zolacin is not metabolized.

Excretion: In 64 patients with cancer and bone metastases on average (± SD) 39 ± 16% of the administered Zolacin dose was recovered in the urine within 24 hours, with only trace amounts of drug found in urine post Day 2. The cumulative percent of drug excreted in the urine over 0 to 24 hours was independent of dose. The balance of drug not recovered in urine over 0 to 24 hours, representing drug presumably bound to bone, is slowly released back into the systemic circulation, giving rise to the observed prolonged low plasma concentrations. The 0 to 24 hour renal clearance of Zolacin was 3.7 ± 2 L/h.

Zolacin clearance was independent of dose but dependent upon the patient’s creatinine clearance. In a study in patients with cancer and bone metastases, increasing the infusion time of a 4 mg dose of Zolacin from 5 minutes (n=5) to 15 minutes (n=7) resulted in a 34% decrease in the Zolacin concentration at the end of the infusion ([mean ± SD] 403 ± 118 ng/mL vs. 264 ± 86 ng/mL) and a 10% increase in the total AUC (378 ± 116 ng x h/mL vs. 420 ± 218 ng x h/mL). The difference between the AUC means was not statistically significant.

Specific Populations

Pediatrics: Zolacin Injection is not indicated for use in children.

Geriatrics: The pharmacokinetics of Zolacin was not affected by age in patients with cancer and bone metastases whose age ranged from 38 years to 84 years.

Race: The pharmacokinetics of Zolacin was not affected by race in patients with cancer and bone metastases.

Hepatic Impairment: No clinical studies were conducted to evaluate the effect of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of Zolacin.

Renal Impairment: The pharmacokinetic studies conducted in 64 cancer patients represented typical clinical populations with normal to moderately-impaired renal function. Compared to patients with creatinine clearance greater than 80 mL/min (N=37), patients with creatinine clearance = 50 to 80 mL/min (N=15) showed an average increase in plasma AUC of 15%, whereas patients with creatinine clearance = 30 to 50 mL/min (N=11) showed an average increase in plasma AUC of 43%. No dosage adjustment is required in patients with a creatinine clearance of greater than or equal to 35 mL/min. Zolacin Injection is contraindicated in patients with creatinine clearance less than 35 mL/min and in those with evidence of acute renal impairment due to an increased risk of renal failure [see,,.



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