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Poster Display session 1

5373 - Drug-drug interaction profile of tepotinib with CYP3A and P-gp substrates


28 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 1


Clinical Research

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Juergen Heuer


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v159-v193. 10.1093/annonc/mdz244


J. Heuer1, Ö. Yalkinoglu2, A. Becker2, A. Krebs-Brown2, R. Strotmann2

Author affiliations

  • 1 -, Nuvisan GmbH, - - Neu-Ulm/DE
  • 2 -, Merck Healthcare KGaA, F130 / 005 - Darmstadt/DE


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Abstract 5373


Tepotinib is an oral, highly selective MET inhibitor being investigated in MET-driven solid tumors. Cancer patients often receive co-medications, many of which are subject to cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) or P-glycoprotein (P-gp)-dependent pharmacokinetics.

The potential of tepotinib to alter the exposure to such drugs was investigated in two clinical drug-drug interaction (DDI) trials.


The effect of multiple doses of the RP2D of tepotinib (500 mg QD) on the exposure of single doses of the sensitive CYP3A4 substrate midazolam and the sensitive P-gp substrate dabigatran etexilate were tested in healthy subjects, using randomized single-sequence two-period cross-over designs. The primary endpoints were Cmax and AUC for the respective probe drugs; their corresponding ratios of the geometric least-squares means (GLSM) (90% CI) in the presence/absence of tepotinib were reported. Additional PK measures, safety and tolerability were also evaluated.


Most participants were male (12/12 midazolam; 19/20 dabigatran etexilate); mean age 34 years (range 19–44). There was no increase in midazolam exposure with co-administration of tepotinib (Table), suggesting that no effect on the metabolism of CYP3A is to be expected. Co-administration of tepotinib led to a 39–45% increase in dabigatran etexilate exposure. No clinically relevant effects on laboratory values, vital signs or ECG parameters were observed or reported as an AE.Table:


CYP3A substrate (Midazolam) Ratio of GLSM% (90% CI)P-gp substrate (Dabigratan) Ratio of GLSM% (90% CI)
Tepotinib + Midazolam / MidazolamTepotinib + Dabigatran etexilate / Dabigatran etexilate
AUC0-t1.01 (0.89; 1.15)1.51 (1.27; 1.80)
AUC0-∞1.01 (0.89; 1.15)1.45 (1.23; 1.70)
Cmax1.04 (0.87;1.24)1.38 (1.22; 1.58)

AUC0-t, area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero (= dosing time) to the last sampling time (tlast) at which the concentration is at or above the lower limit of quantification;

AUC0-∞, area under the plasma concentration-time curve from time zero (= dosing time) extrapolated to infinity; Cmax, maximum plasma concentration observed; GLSM, geometric least-squares mean.


After multiple doses of tepotinib at the RP2D (500 mg QD), there was no relevant exposure increase of the sensitive CYP3A substrate midazolam, and a < 2-fold mean exposure increase of the sensitive P-gp substrate dabigatran etexilate, indicating that tepotinib is a weak P-gp inhibitor. Tepotinib was considered safe and well tolerated in these studies of healthy volunteers. In summary, the potential of tepotinib to cause clinically relevant DDI with CYP3A4- or P-gp-dependent drugs at the intended posology is considered low.

Clinical trial identification

NCT03492437 and NCT03628339.

Editorial acknowledgement

Medical writing assistance (funded by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) was provided by Sandra Cuscó, PhD of Bioscript Group (Macclesfield, UK).

Legal entity responsible for the study

Merck Healthcare KGaA.


Merck Healthcare KGaA.


Ö. Yalkinoglu: Full / Part-time employment: Merck Healthcare KGaA. A. Becker: Full / Part-time employment: Merck Healthcare KGaA. A. Krebs-Brown: Full / Part-time employment: Merck Healthcare KGaA. R. Strotmann: Full / Part-time employment: Merck Healthcare KGaA. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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