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Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Nov;46(11):591-6.

Bioequivalence of two formulations of levetiracetam.

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Medical Department, Grupo Tecnimede, Sintra, Portugal.


This study was conducted in order to compare the bioavailability of two tablet formulations containing 1,000 mg levetiracetam, (S)-a-ethyl-2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide, 102767-28-2 CAS registry number. 18 healthy subjects were enrolled in a single-center, randomized, single-dose, open-label, 2-way crossover study, with a minimum washout period of 7 days. Plasma samples were collected up to 36.0 hours post-dosing. Levetiracetam levels were determined by reverse liquid chromatography and detected by tandem mass spectrometry detection, LC-MS/MS method. Pharmacokinetic parameters used for bioequivalence assessment, area under the concentration-time curve from time 0 to time of last non-zero concentration (AUClast) and from time zero to infinitive (AUCinf) and maximum observed concentration (Cmax), were determined from the levetiracetam concentration data using non-compartmental analysis. The 90% confidence intervals obtained by analysis of variance were 88.98 - 108.75% for Cmax, 99.90 - 104.81% for AUClast and 100.11 - 105.23 %for AUCinf this is, within the predefined ranges. Bioequivalence between formulations was concluded both in terms of rate and extent of absorption.

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