Mechanism of Action
: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. PSI-5004 (also known as Racivir) is a cytidine analog consisting of a 50:50 racemic mixture of the (–)- and (+)-beta-enantiomers of 2’-deoxy-3’-thia-5-fluorocytosine (FTC).3,5
As a nucleoside analog, PSI-5004 is phosphorylated by host cellular kinases to its active 5′-triphosphate metabolites, which inhibit the activity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase by competing with natural substrates and causing DNA chain termination following incorporation into viral DNA.6,7
As triphosphates, both the (+) and the (-) enantiomers of FTC have exhibited activity against both HIV and hepatitis B virus (HBV).8
: In an oral dose-escalation study of once-daily PSI-5004 in combination with stavudine and efavirenz in HIV-infected participants, the plasma half-life of PSI-5004 was approximately 6 hours on Days 1 and 14 for the 200- and 400-mg treatment groups and 3 hours on Days 1 and 14 for the 600-mg treatment group.8
: Studies have indicated that (+)-FTC is deaminated to the non-toxic metabolite (+)-FTU, while the (-) enantiomer appears stable to deamination.3
In an oral dose-escalation study of PSI-5004 200, 400, and 600 mg in HIV-infected participants, the majority of the total dose (70% to 80%) was excreted into the urine over 24 hours, with approximately 40% to 45% of the drug excreted unchanged as PSI-5004 and 27% to 40% excreted as the (+)-FTU metabolite.8
: Previous in vitro
studies have demonstrated that each enantiomer of PSI-5004 selects for different mutations on the HIV-1 reverse transcriptase gene; the (-) enantiomer selects for M184V, whereas the (+) enantiomer selects for T215Y.8
In a Phase II study (NCT00121979), after 28 days of treatment in treatment-experienced adults, PSI-5004 600 mg demonstrated effective activity in reducing viral load in virological responders harboring the M184V mutation and fewer than three thymidine analogue associated mutations (TAMs).9,10
Dosing in Clinical Trials
: Study 1015
: Dose-escalation study to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and antiviral activity of PSI-5004 versus lamivudine, each in combination with stavudine and efavirenz
: HIV-infected, treatment-naive adult males
: Three groups of participants were sequentially assigned to each receive 14 days of orally administered PSI-5004 200, 400, and 600 mg once daily, in combination with stavudine and efavirenz. A control group received lamivudine in combination with stavudine and efavirenz over 14 days.5,8,11,12
(See references cited above for information on study results.)
: Study 2015
: Study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of PSI-5004 versus lamivudine, each in combination with a background regimen
: HIV-infected, treatment-experienced adults who have the M184V HIV mutation and are receiving lamivudine as a component of their current failing antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen
: PSI-5004 600 mg (in place of lamivudine) versus continued lamivudine therapy, each in combination with participants’ existing background regimens over 28 days. After 28 days, participants who were receiving PSI-5004 could continue with PSI-5004 treatment, with or without an optimized background regimen, for an additional 20 weeks.5,9,13
(See references cited above for information on study results.)
In Study 101, the most common adverse events were mild to moderate dizziness and headache (both events possibly related to the study drug). Other adverse events occurring in the trial on more than three occasions were impaired concentration, nausea, fatigue, common cold, and ocular discomfort. Heartburn, possibly related to PSI-5004, occurred in 1 participant receiving PSI-5004 600 mg. One participant discontinued the trial because of moderate nausea and vomiting associated with mild dizziness, possibly related to PSI-5004 or efavirenz. There were no relevant electrocardiogram (ECG), biochemical, or hematological changes. One participant who had chronic hepatits B and was receiving PSI-5004 400 mg had elevated levels of the liver enzymes aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase during the course of the study period and experienced a chronic hepatitis B flare-up upon cessation of therapy.8
In Study 201, no severe adverse events related to study drug treatment after 28 days of therapy were reported.13
PSI-5004 drug interactions are currently unknown.
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- Wilson JE, Martin JL, Borroto-Esoda K, et al. The 5'-triphosphates of the (-) and (+) enantiomers of cis-5-fluoro-1-[2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-oxathiolane-5-yl]cytosine equally inhibit human immunodeficiency virus type 1 reverse transcriptase. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1993 Aug;37(8):1720-2. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC188052/. Last accessed on January 1, 2016.
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- Pharmasset. Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study Exploring the Safety, Tolerability, and Antiviral Effect of Substituting 600 mg Racivir for 3TC in HIV-Infected Subjects Who Have the M184V Mutation and Are Currently Failing on a HAART Regimen Containing Lamivudine. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered on July 18, 2005. NLM Identifier: NCT00121979. Available at: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00121979. Last accessed on January 1, 2016.
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- Pharmasset. A 14-Day Study of Racivir When Used in Combination in HIV-Infected Males. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered on June 24, 2002. NLM Identifier: NCT00040300. Available at: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00040300. Last accessed on January 1, 2016.
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Last Reviewed: January 1, 2016