Comparative bioavailability study of triflusal oral solution vs. triflusal capsules in healthy subjects: A single, randomized, two-way cross-over, open-label phase I study

Iñaki Izquierdo, Javier Borja, Sandra Rovira, Pilar Pelagio, Ferran Torres, Jesus Cebrecos, Julián García-Rafanell

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Triflusal (CAS 322-79-2) is an antiplatelet agent that irreversibly acetylates cyclooxygenase isoform 1 (COX-1) and therefore inhibits thromboxane biosynthesis. The main metabolite of triflusal, 2-hydroxy-4-trifluoromethyl benzoic acid (HTB), possesses also antiaggregant activity. Recently a new oral 600 mg (10 ml) solution form of triflusal has been developed. The purpose of this clinical trial was to study the relative bioavailability of the new oral solution of triflusal versus the capsules formulation, both administered as a single dose. This was a randomized, two-way, cross-over, open-label, single-site phase I clinical trial, in 24 healthy volunteers who received triflusal as 600 mg oral solution and as two 300 mg capsules in a single administration separated by a washout period of at least 17 days. Blood samples were collected and plasma concentrations of HTB were measured. Pharmacokinetic parameters used for bioequivalence assessment included AUC0-t, AUC0-inf and Cmax. The formulations were considered bioequivalent if the geometric mean ratios of AUC0-t, AUC0-inf and Cmax were within the predetermined equivalence range (80% to 125%). Tolerability was based on the recording of adverse events (AEs), physical examination, electrocardiogram (ECG) and laboratory tests. The parameters for bioequivalence, mean [SD] values were as follows: AUC0-t (μg·h/ml): 3574.08 [628.17] for triflusal oral solution and 3901.78 [698.43] for triflusal capsules; AUC0-∞ (μg·h/ml): 4089.21 [842.54] for triflusal oral solution and 4471.33 [905.93] for triflusal capsules; C max (μg/ml): 91.24 [12.88] for triflusal oral solution and 88.61 [13.46] for triflusal capsules; Cmax/AUC0-∞ (h -1): 0.03 (0.00) for triflusal oral solution and 0.02 (0.00) for triflusal capsules. The 90% confidence intervals for the ratio experimental/control by analysis of variance after log transformed AUC 0-∞, AUC0-t, and Cmax were within 80% to 125%. Similar results were found for the data without log transformation. All adverse events were of mild or moderate intensity and all subjects recovered. Nine and 12 subjects reported at least one adverse event during treatment with triflusal oral solution and with triflusal capsules, respectively. The most frequently reported adverse events were headache and dizziness. It was concluded that the 600-mg solution of triflusal appeared to be bioequivalent to the reference formulation capsules. Both formulations were well tolerated. © ECV·Editio Cantor Verlag, Aulendorf (Germany).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
JournalArzneimittel-Forschung/Drug Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2010


  • Antiplatelet agents
  • CAS 322-79-2
  • COX-1 inhibitors
  • Triflusal, bioavailability, capsule, oral solution


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