Phase I and Clinical Pharmacology Study of Intravenous Flavone Acetic Acid (NSC 347512)

Raymond B. Weiss, Raymond F. Greene, Robert D. Knight, Jerry M. Collins, John J. Pelosi, Aaron Sulkes, Gregory A. Curt

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We have conducted a Phase I and pharmacological study of flavone acetic acid, one of a series of novel flavonoids. The drug was administered i.v. weekly for 4 weeks, with a 2-week rest and then repeated. Flavone acetic acid was given initially in a 1-h infusion, but at the 3900-mg/m2 dose level, the infusion time was lengthened to 3 h. A total of 31 patients were treated with 9 different dose levels, ranging from 330 to 6400 mg/ m2. Dose-limiting toxicity was acute hypotension that began after about one-third of each drug dose had been infused and rarely lasted more than a few minutes after the infusion was discontinued. In addition, subjective fatigue and asthenia causing unacceptable patient discomfort was dose limiting. A significant side effect noted that was not dose limiting was diarrhea during the infusion. This drug exhibited nonlinear pharmacokinetic behavior. Plasma levels exceeded 300 μg/ml during the infusion at the maximally tolerated dose. After the infusion ended the principal half-life was about 2 h. In 24-h urine collections 27% of the flavone acetic acid dose was recovered as intact drug and an additional 37% was recovered as a metabolite. The maximally tolerated dose determined in this study is 6400 mg/m2 given i.v. over 3 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5878-5882
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Research
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 1988
Externally publishedYes


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