inequivalence of generics
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Summary Serum phenytoin concentrations have been studied in epileptic patients and healthy subjects taking tablets of phenytoin calcium (Desitin), A, phenytoin acid (Desitin), B, and phenytoin acid (Nordmark), C. Retrospective data and prospective investigation of hospitalized patients on long-term phenytoin treatment showed that significantly higher serum concentrations of phenytoin were produced by the phenytoin acid preparations B and C than by the phenytoin calcium preparation A. In a cross over study six volunteers received 200 mg/day of preparations A, B, and C for three weeks. In this study, too, higher phenytoin serum concentrations were produced by B and C than by A, although the differences were not statistically significant. The reasons for the discrepancies between the studies in healthy and epileptic subjects are discussed.
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