for people ages 18-64 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Katherine Yang, PharmD, MPH (ucsf)
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Katherine Yang



The purpose of this study is to determine if sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a non-drug ingredient commonly added in drug products, affect absorption of drugs that are given together with the ingredient. Investigators want to find out if drug absorption is different in people taking the drug alone compared to people taking the drug with low and high amounts of sodium lauryl sulfate at the same time.

Official Title

The Effect of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on the Oral Absorption of Fexofenadine in Humans


This is a single-center, randomized, double-blind, 3-period crossover trial. Participants will be randomized to receive a Control capsule (fexofenadine single agent) under Treatment Arm 1 or a Test 1 capsule (fexofenadine and 3 mg SLS) under Treatment Arm 2 or Test 2 capsule (fexofenadine and 30 mg SLS) under Treatment Arm 3. Investigators will assess the effect of SLS on the absorption of fexofenadine by measuring SLS and fexofenadine concentrations in plasma and stool samples and determine the change in AUC (area under the curve), Cmax and other pharmacokinetic parameters, between Treatment Arms 2 or 3 and Treatment Arm 1.


The Impact of Excipients on Drug Absorption, Fexofenadine, Terfenadine, Fexofenadine Hydrochloride without sodium lauryl sulfate, Fexofenadine Hydrochloride with sodium lauryl sulfate, Fexofenadine and 3 mg SLS, Fexofenadine and 30 mg SLS


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-64

  1. Healthy volunteers of all ethnic groups and races.
  2. Male and females between the ages of 18-64 years old, inclusive.
  3. Subjects who are willing to avoid ingestion of fruit juices and citrus bioflavonoids, such as grapefruit extract, hesperidin supplement and naringin supplement, for a period extending from one week prior to the initiation of the study until its completion.
  4. Written informed consent obtained from the subject and ability for subject to comply with the requirements of the study.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Subjects with extreme obesity (BMI > 35).
  2. Subjects who are allergic to fexofenadine or SLS.
  3. Subjects who have hemoglobin level lower than 12 g/dL.
  4. Subjects who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or unwilling to practice birth control during participation in the study.
  5. Subjects with chronic constipation.
  6. Subjects consuming types of food and supplements with the potential to interfere with the study objectives as judged by the Investigator.
  7. Subjects taking any drugs, especially known OATP2B1 substrates (aliskiren, atenolol, celiprolol, fexofenadine, rosuvastatin and ticlopidine, etc.) except birth control hormonal medications.
  8. Subjects with a condition, disease, or abnormality that in the opinion of the Investigator would compromise the safety of the subject or the quality of the data.
  9. Subjects with any disease affecting or impairing the function of the liver, kidney, or heart.

    10. Subjects with gastrointestinal disease, gastrointestinal disorder, or gastrointestinal


    11. Subjects with known infection with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C (as determined by

    questionnaire, no laboratory diagnostics concerning these diseases will be performed within the present study). Volunteers who are cured of past Hepatitis C infection are eligible to participate with a doctor's approval letter.

    12. Subjects who are smokers or have smoked in the past year and/or have smoked or

    ingested THC/marijuana in the past week, or who are unwilling to comply throughout the study period.

    13. Alcohol use on average > 2 servings/day or > 14 servings/wk (Serving size: 12oz

    beer/4oz wine/2oz hard liquor) in the past week or self-reported binge drinking.

    14. Subjects who are currently receiving any investigational agent or who have received

    any investigational agents within a period of 5 half-lives of the agent prior to the initiation of the current study.

    15. Subjects who have donated whole blood within 8 weeks prior to study initiation or plan

    to donate blood during the study period.

    16. Non-English speaking. 17. Subjects with abnormal laboratory results at Screening Visit as judged by the

    Investigator or study physician.


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Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Katherine Yang, PharmD, MPH (ucsf)
    Kathy Yang, Pharm.D., MPH is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California (UCSF) School of Pharmacy and an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist in the UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Yang specializes in the treatment of multi-drug resistant infections, particularly gram negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
Phase 1 Excipients Research Study
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Expecting 12 study participants
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