Assessment of the effects of renal impairment and smoking on the pharmacokinetics of a single oral dose of the soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator riociguat (BAY 63-2521)


Renal impairment is a common comborbidity in patients with pulmonary hypertension. The breakdown of riociguat, an oral soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator used to treat pulmonary hypertension, may be affected by smoking because polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in tobacco smoke induce expression of one of the metabolizing enzymes, CYP1A1. Two nonrandomized, nonblinded studies were therefore performed to investigate the pharmacokinetics and safety of a single oral dose of riociguat 1.0 mg in individuals with mild, moderate, or severe renal impairment compared with age-, weight-, and sex-matched healthy controls, including either smokers and nonsmokers (study I) or nonsmokers alone (study II). Pharmacokinetic analyses focused on the integrated per-protocol data set of both studies (N = 63). In patients with renal impairment, the renal clearance of riociguat was reduced and its terminal half-life prolonged compared with those in healthy controls. There was a monotonic relationship between creatinine clearance on treatment day and riociguat renal clearance (R2 = 0.62). However, increased riociguat exposure with decreasing renal function was not strictly proportional. Riociguat exposure appeared to be greater in nonsmokers than in the combined population of smokers and nonsmokers, irrespective of renal function. Adverse events were mild to moderate and in line with the mode of action of riociguat. No serious adverse events occurred. In conclusion, renal impairment was associated with reduced riociguat clearance compared with that in controls; however, riociguat exposure in patients with renal impairment was highly variable, and ranges overlapped with those observed in healthy controls.

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Pharmacology: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonary Hypertension


Reiner Frey, Corina Becker, Sigrun Unger, Anja Schmidt, Georg Wensing, Wolfgang Mück

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Pulmonary Circulation Vol 6: No S1 cover image

March 2016

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 6: No S1

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