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Absence of Food Effect on the Pharmacokinetics of Telbivudine Following Oral Administration in Healthy Subjects


Address for reprints: Xiao-Jian Zhou, PhD, Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc, 60 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.


The influence of food on the pharmacokinetics of telbivudine, a candidate antiviral agent against hepatitis B virus (HBV), was investigated in healthy adult subjects following a 600-mg oral dose administered with and without a high-fat/high-calorie meal. Telbivudine was well tolerated under fasting and fed conditions. Oral absorption of telbivudine as measured by maximum plasma concentration (Cmax), time to reach Cmax (Tmax), and area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC0-t and AUC0-∞) was not altered by food intake immediately before oral dosing. Values of Cmax, Tmax, and AUC were comparable when telbivudine was administered under fed and fasting conditions. Results from this study indicated that the absorption of telbivudine was not affected by a high-fat/high-calorie meal; telbivudine can therefore be administered orally with no regard to the timing of meals.