Clinical Drug Investigation

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 401–415 | Cite as

Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacokinetics of the Serotonin 5-HT6 Receptor Antagonist, SUVN-502, in Healthy Young Adults and Elderly Subjects

  • Ramakrishna Nirogi
  • Koteshwara Mudigonda
  • Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni
  • Nageswara Rao Muddana
  • Vinod Kumar Goyal
  • Santosh Kumar Pandey
  • Raghava Choudary Palacharla
Original Research Article


Background and Objective

SUVN-502, a selective 5-HT6 receptor antagonist, was found to be active in preclinical models of cognitive deterioration suggesting a potential role in the treatment of dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. The objective of this study was to characterize the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of SUVN-502 in healthy young adults and elderly subjects following single and multiple oral doses.


Single doses (5, 15, 50, 100 and 200 mg SUVN-502) and multiple doses (50, 100 and 130 mg SUVN-502 once daily for 7 days) were evaluated in healthy young adults and multiple doses (50 and 100 mg SUVN-502 once daily for 14 days) were evaluated in elderly subjects using randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-escalating study designs. The effect of food, gender and age on SUVN-502 pharmacokinetics (100 mg single dose) was evaluated using an open-label, two-period, randomized, fed and fasted in a crossover design. SUVN-502 and M1 (major metabolite of SUVN-502) were monitored using validated analytical methods.


SUVN-502 is safe and well tolerated up to the highest tested single dose of 200 mg in healthy young adults and multiple doses up to 130 mg for 7 days and 100 mg for 14 days in healthy young adults and elderly subjects, respectively. Exposures of SUVN-502 and M1 were more than dose-proportional over the evaluated dose range. Food and gender did not have a clinically meaningful effect on SUVN-502 exposure. The mean SUVN-502 total (AUC0–∞, and AUC0–last) and peak exposures (Cmax) were 2.9- and 2.2-fold higher, respectively, in elderly subjects compared to young subjects. Steady-state was achieved for SUVN-502 and M1 within 7 days after once-daily dosing of SUVN-502.


SUVN-502 exhibited an acceptable safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile in healthy young adults and elderly subjects. Based on the above results, 50 and 100 mg once-daily doses of SUVN-502 were advanced to Phase 2 evaluation in patients with moderate AD.



The authors wish to acknowledge the principal investigators, Seiberling M, Swiss Pharma contract, Lettenweg, Switzerland and Thomas Murtaugh, Quintiles Phase I services LLC, Overland Park, for their support in the conduct of the studies reported in this manuscript. The authors acknowledge Venkateswarlu Jasti, CEO, Suven Life Sciences Ltd, for his moral and financial support.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of Interest

All authors are employees of Suven Life Sciences Ltd, and are responsible for the content and writing of this manuscript.


The Phase I study was funded by Suven Life Sciences Ltd, the owner of the compound.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramakrishna Nirogi
    • 1
  • Koteshwara Mudigonda
    • 1
  • Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni
    • 1
  • Nageswara Rao Muddana
    • 1
  • Vinod Kumar Goyal
    • 1
  • Santosh Kumar Pandey
    • 1
  • Raghava Choudary Palacharla
    • 1
  1. 1.Discovery ResearchSuven Life Sciences LtdHyderabadIndia

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