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Keywords:

  • digoxin;
  • P-glycoprotein;
  • drug–drug interaction;
  • transporter;
  • OATP

Abstract

The study of transporter-mediated drug–drug interactions (DDI) requires use of appropriate probes to reflect transporter function. Digoxin is often used as a probe in DDI studies involving P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and is recommended by FDA for this purpose, despite several lingering questions regarding suitability of digoxin as P-gp probe. This review aims to critically evaluate use of digoxin as a probe for P-gp-mediated clinical DDI studies, with focus on sensitivity and specificity of digoxin for P-gp. Although previous reviews have evaluated digoxin transport by P-gp, the purpose of the current review is to critically evaluate such literature in light of newly evolving literature suggesting digoxin transport by non-P-gp transporters.