A single, double dose of tenofovir administered shortly before delivery resulted in plasma concentrations similar to those observed in non-pregnant adults following a standard 300 mg dose and adequate levels in the neonate  (see
Section 8: Neonatal management). New data on emtricitabine show that while third-trimester concentrations are lower Sirolimus nmr than postpartum the absolute concentrations achieved during pregnancy are adequate and dose adjustment is not required . Among the NNRTIs, nevirapine has been extensively studied in pregnancy and plasma concentrations are similar to those in non-pregnant adults [,]. No dose adjustment is required when using licensed doses. There are no data on the prolonged release formulation of nevirapine in pregnant women. Efavirenz 600 mg daily has been reported in Target Selective Inhibitor Library one study of 25 pregnant women to result in third-trimester plasma concentrations that were similar to 6–12-week postpartum concentrations in the same women. Cord blood to maternal blood ratio was 0.49 resulting in transplacental concentrations in the therapeutic range . There are currently no data on the pharmacokinetics of etravirine and rilpivirine in pregnant women. PIs are highly protein-bound and placental transfer in humans appears to be limited. During the third trimester of pregnancy,
small reductions in protein binding can significantly increase free drug levels. For example, the protein binding of lopinavir reduces marginally to 99.04%, which results in 17% more unbound lopinavir . It is therefore difficult to interpret the significance of studies that show reduced total plasma levels, with an increased likelihood of trough levels below the target during pregnancy. Compared with postpartum concentrations, third-trimester concentrations of lopinavir (lopinavir 400 mg/ritonavir 100 mg) are reduced by 28%. The protein-free fraction is moderately increased (17%) and, at the standard dose, lopinavir appears to be clinically effective with a wide
variation in individual plasma trough concentrations. A study using the tablet formulation concluded that women unless taking three tablets bd (lopinavir 600 mg/ritonavir 150 mg) achieved similar area under the curve (AUC) levels to non-pregnant adults taking the standard dose of two tablets bd . The improved bioavailability of the tablet formulation is also found in pregnant women and this, together with the impact of pregnancy on changes in protein binding, increases the protein-free fraction in the third trimester . Cohort studies have suggested that the majority of mothers taking the standard adult dose, even with the capsule formulation, have adequate trough concentrations and achieve an effective virological response . The plasma concentrations of saquinavir achieved with the tablet formulation when boosted by ritonavir appear to be generally therapeutic and no dose adjustment is routinely required.