Novel Airway Surface Pharmacokinetics Techniques

Measurement of the pharmacokinetics of drugs on the airway surface is an important but difficult technique to make practical for drug development. The UNC CF Center has an extensive experience in bronchoscopy of subjects post-drug delivery and direct (filter paper) and directed lavage techniques for making such measurements. More recently, much effort has been dedicated to developing a non-invasive technique that is suitable for repetitive PK measurements to generate accurate measurements of pharmacokinetic parameters. A technique that has generated much promise in this regard is the exhaled breath condensate (EBC) technique that harvests small quantities of aerosol droplets, presumably generated in small airways at inspiration, that can be analyzed with high sensitivity by mass spectroscopy approaches. Indeed, the ability to measure the drug, coupled with the capacity to get an absolute concentration of the drug in airway surface liquid by concomitant mass spectroscopy measurement of urea concentrations, offers a powerful and novel technique to make these heretofore measurements (Figure 20).