Pharmacokinetic equivalence of CT-P17 to high-concentration (100 mg/ml) reference adalimumab: A randomized phase I study in healthy subjects

Kyung Sang Yu, In Jin Jang, Hyeong Seok Lim, Jang Hee Hong, Min Gul Kim, Min Kyu Park, Doo Yeoun Cho, Min Soo Park, Jae Yong Chung, Jong Lyul Ghim, Seung Hwan Lee, Seok Kyu Yoon, In Sun Kwon, Sang Joon Lee, Sung Hyun Kim, Yun Ju Bae, Jung Bin Cha, Daniel E. Furst, Edward Keystone, Jonathan Kay

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This study aimed to demonstrate pharmacokinetic (PK) equivalence of a single dose of the proposed adalimumab biosimilar CT-P17 to United States-licensed adalimumab (US-adalimumab) and European Union-approved adalimumab (EU-adalimumab). This double-blind, parallel-group, phase I trial ( NCT03970824) was conducted at 10 hospitals (Republic of Korea), in which healthy subjects (1:1:1) were randomized to receive a single 40 mg (100 mg/ml) subcutaneous injection of CT-P17, US-adalimumab, or EU-adalimumab. Primary end points were PK equivalence in terms of: area under the concentration–time curve from time zero to infinity (AUC0–inf); AUC from time zero to the last quantifiable concentration (AUC0–last); and maximum serum concentration (Cmax). PK equivalence was concluded if 90% confidence intervals (CIs) for percent ratios of geometric least squares means (GLSMs) for pairwise comparisons were within the equivalence margin of 80–125%. Additional PK end points, safety, and immunogenicity were evaluated. Of the 312 subjects who were randomized (103 CT-P17; 103 US-adalimumab; 106 EU-adalimumab), 308 subjects received study drug. AUC0–inf, AUC0–last, and Cmax were equivalent among CT-P17, US-adalimumab, and EU-adalimumab, because 90% CIs for the ratios of GLSMs were within the 80–125% equivalence margin for each pairwise comparison. Secondary PK end points, safety, and immunogenicity were similar between treatment groups. In conclusion, PK equivalence for single-dose administration of CT-P17, EU-adalimumab, and US-adalimumab was demonstrated in healthy adults. Safety and immunogenicity profiles were comparable between treatment groups and consistent with previous reports for adalimumab biosimilars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1291
Number of pages12
JournalClinical and Translational Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2021


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