Etoposide, a semi-synthetic derivative of podophyllotoxin, is one of the most active and useful antineoplastic agent used routinely in firstline combination chemotherapy of testicular cancer, small-cell lung cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Etoposide displays narrow therapeutic index, erratic pharmacokinetics and dose individualization that needs to be achieved for overcoming inter- and intra-patient variability (25–80%), so as to maintain proper drug exposure within a therapeutic range. Etoposide posses high plasma protein binding (97%) and is degraded via complex metabolic pathways. The main pharmacokinetic determinants of etoposide are still not completely defined in order to optimize the pharmaco-therapeutic parameters including dose, therapeutic schedule and route of administration. Much research has been done to determine drug–drug and herb–drug interactions for improving the bioavailability of etoposide. The present article gives insight on pharmaceutical and pharmacological attempts made from time to time to overcome the erratic inter- and intra-patient variability for improving the bioavailability of etoposide.
Volume 45, 2020
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