An Alternative Approach for the Assessment of Bioequivalence Between Two Formulations of a Drug

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The problem of the assessment of bioequivalence between a test formulation (T) and a reference formulation (R) of a drug using a two‐way crossover experiment is considered. To claim bioequivalence between two formulations, it is required by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to demonstrate that the true ratio of means μT/μR of pharmacokinetic parameters of concern falls within some reasonable limits (e.g., (80%, 120%)) with certain assurance. A commonly used approach is to construct an approximate 90% confidence interval for μT/μR and compare it with (80%, 120%). In this paper, an exact approach according to the FDA's criteria is proposed. The proposed procedure is derived by constructing an exact confidence region (an ellipse) for (μR, μT) and comparing it with the region bounded by μT = 0.8 μR and μT = 1.2 μR. Bioequivalence is concluded if the ellipse is within the critical region. Copyright © 1990 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chow, S; Shao, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 969 - 976

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-4036

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0323-3847

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/bimj.4710320810

Citation Source

  • Scopus