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ISRN Pharmacology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 375134, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/375134
Research Article

Bioequivalence Study of Modified-Release Gliclazide Tablets in Healthy Volunteers

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Received 26 June 2012; Accepted 16 August 2012

Academic Editors: G. M. Campo, T. B. Vree, K. Wada, and S.-N. Wu

Copyright © 2012 Noppamas Rojanasthien et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study was aimed to investigate bioequivalence of modified-release 30 mg gliclazide tablets in 18 healthy Thai volunteers. A test product, Glycon MR (Siam Bheasach, TH), was compared with a reference product, Diamicron MR (Servier, France). The study was performed under a single-dose, two-treatment, two-period, and two-sequence crossover design in fasted and fed conditions with a washout period of 2 weeks. Blood samples were collected for 72 h after drug administration. Drug plasma concentrations were determined by HPLC with a UV detector. Analysis of pharmacokinetic characteristics was based on a non-compartmental model. The logarithmically transformed data of Cmax and AUCs were analyzed for 90% confidence intervals using ANOVA. The test product gave slightly higher Cmax in both conditions and shorter Tmax in the fed condition. However, there is no significant difference in pharmacokinetic characteristics between both products under fasted and fed conditions. Effect of food was not significantly observed. The 90% confidence intervals were within the acceptance criteria of 0.80–1.25 regardless of the food effect, indicating bioequivalence between the two products on the rate and extent of gliclazide MR absorption without regard to meals.