Comparison of the effects of peramivir and oseltamivir on the rise in platelet count in patients with or without proven influenza

Journal: International Journal Of Clinical Pharmacology And Therapeutics

Objective: Neuraminidase (sialidase) inhibitors are considered to delay platelet clearance through the inhibition of platelet desialylation. A novel neuraminidase inhibitor, peramivir, was recently approved for intravenous administration by the US FDA. We aimed to compare the effects of peramivir and oseltamivir on patient platelet count.

Methods: Consecutive patients who were treated with peramivir or tested positive for influenza between January 2015 and December 2017 were analyzed. The analysis included 461 patients with platelet counts available; the patients were divided into three groups: patients with proven influenza treated with peramivir (n = 305); those treated with peramivir without proven influenza (n = 83), and those with proven influenza treated with oseltamivir (n = 73).

Results: Patients treated with peramivir did not show an increase in platelet count from the baseline count, regardless of proven influenza (from 263.4 × 109/L to 267.4 × 109/L; 9 = 0.410) or not (from 257.1 × 109/L to 255.4 × 109/L; p = 0.873); wheeras for patients treated with oseltamivir, a significant increase above the baseline was found (from 223.3 × 109/L to 249.9 × 109/L; p = 0.016), although it was transient.

Conclusions: Peramivir and oseltamivir appear to have different effects on patient platelet count when administered at the recommended doses.

Young-gon Kim, Sun-young Ko, Sung Lee
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