Evaluating average bioequivalence using methods for high variability drugs: A case study
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The purpose of this study was to determine if different methods for average bioequivalence in high variability drugs coincide or not in their conclusions when applied to the same dataset, and to discuss the method validity and reliability of the conclusions. Different approaches for the evaluation of average bioequivalence were applied to the results of a bioavailability trial on the diuretic drug Furosemide. These methods included widening the bioequivalence limits according to regulatory recommendations, scaling the limits and scaling the bioequivalence statistic, jointly with evaluating alternative bioavailability measures. The methods to establish the bioequivalence limits were also combined with some alternative methods to construct confidence intervals. The decision on bioequivalence depends much more on the bioavailability measures than on the statistical approach. The reliability of the final decision lies mainly in the interpretation of these measures and on the special characteristics of each drug.