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ISRN Pharmacology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 527679, 4 pages
Research Article

Bioequivalence Study of Donepezil Hydrochloride Tablets in Healthy Male Volunteers

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

Received 15 September 2012; Accepted 3 October 2012

Academic Editors: F. J. Miranda and T. B. Vree

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.


The objective of this study was to investigate the bioequivalence of two formulations of 5 mg donepezil HCL tablets: Tonizep as the test and Aricept as the reference. The two products were administered as a single oral dose according to a randomized two-phase crossover with a 3-week washout period in 20 healthy Thai Male volunteers. After drug administration, serial blood samples were collected over a period of 216 hours. Plasma donepezil concentrations were measured by high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. Pharmacokinetic parameters were analyzed based on noncompartmental analysis. The logarithmically transformed data of AUC0–∞ and were analyzed for 90% confidence intervals (CI) using ANOVA. The mean (90% CI) values for the ratio of AUC0–∞ and values of the test product over those of the reference product were 1.08 (1.02–1.14) and 1.08 (0.99–1.17), respectively (within the bioequivalence range of 0.8–1.25). The median for the test product was similar to that of the reference product (2.0 hr), and the 90% CI for the difference between the two preparations was –0.19 to 0.29 hr and within the bioequivalence range of ± 20% of the of the reference formulation. Our study demonstrated the bioequivalence of the two preparations.