Pharmacokinetics of Clindamycin in Obese and Non-Obese Children

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Journal Article
Year of Publication
Smith, M.J.; Gonzalez, D.; Goldman, J.L.; Yogev, R.; Sullivan, J.E.; Reed, M.D.; Anand, R.; Martz, K.; Berezny, K.; Benjamin, D.K. Jr.; Smith, P.B.; Cohen-Wolkowiez, M.; Watt, K.; Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act—Pediatric Trials Network Steering Committee
Antimicrob Agents Chemother
Date Published
antibiotics; children; Clindamycin; obesity; Pharmacokinetics
Although obesity is prevalent among children in the United States, pharmacokinetic (PK) data for obese children are limited. Clindamycin is a commonly used antibiotic that may require dose adjustment in obese children due to its lipophilic properties. We performed a clindamycin population PK analysis using data from three separate trials. A total of 420 samples from 220 children, 76 of whom had a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile for age, were included in the analysis. Compared to other metrics, total body weight (TBW) was the most robust measure of body size. After accounting for differences in TBW, obesity status did not explain additional interindividual variability in model parameters. Our findings support TBW-based dosing for obese and nonobese children.