Plasma pooling: utility in expediting bioequivalence assessment of rifampicin-containing fixed-dose combinations.Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2005 Jun; 9(6):697-9.IJ
To improve the rapidity of the registration process of rifampicin (RMP) containing fixed-dose combination (FDC) formulations, a plasma pooling methodology was used to increase the throughput of bioanalysis of plasma samples from bioequivalence trials of FDCs. Plasma samples of a biostudy were analysed for RMP using traditional analysis methods as well as a plasma pooling method (volunteer and time pooling). Both methods produced similar results, with less than 15% variability in both volunteer and time pooling. The plasma pooling method for bioanalysis was validated. Further studies are required to identify and reduce the percentage variability.