Incorporation of stochastic variability in mechanistic population pharmacokinetic models: handling the physiological constraints using normal transformations

Nikolaos Tsamandouras*, Thierry Wendling, Amin Rostami-Hodjegan, Aleksandra Galetin, Leon Aarons

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Abstract

The utilisation of physiologically-based pharmacokinetic models for the analysis of population data is an approach with progressively increasing impact. However, as we move from empirical to complex mechanistic model structures, incorporation of stochastic variability in model parameters can be challenging due to the physiological constraints that may arise. Here, we investigated the most common types of constraints faced in mechanistic pharmacokinetic modelling and explored techniques for handling them during a population data analysis. An efficient way to impose stochastic variability on the parameters of interest without neglecting the underlying physiological constraints is through the assumption that they follow a distribution with support and properties matching the underlying physiology. It was found that two distributions that arise through transformations of the normal, the logit-normal generalisation and the logistic-normal, are excellent for such an application as not only they can satisfy the physiological constraints but also offer high flexibility during characterisation of the parameters’ distribution. The statistical properties and practical advantages/disadvantages of these distributions for such an application were clearly displayed in the context of different modelling examples. Finally, a simulation study clearly illustrated the practical gains of the utilisation of the described techniques, as omission of population variability in physiological systems parameters leads to a biased/misplaced stochastic model with mechanistically incorrect variance structure. The current methodological work aims to facilitate the use of mechanistic/physiologically-based models for the analysis of population pharmacokinetic clinical data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-373
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

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