Lees, P., Cheng, Z., Keefe, T. J., Weich, E., Bryd, J., Cedergren, R., Cozzi, E. Bioequivalence in dogs of a meloxicam formulation administered as a transmucosal oral mist with an orally administered pioneer suspension product. J. vet. Pharmacol. Therap. 36, 78–84.

A mucosal mist formulation of meloxicam, administered as a spray into the mouth (test article), was compared for bioequivalence to a pioneer meloxicam suspension for oral administration (reference article). Pharmacokinetic profiles and average bioequivalence were investigated in 20 dogs. The study design comprised a two-period, two-sequence, two-treatment cross-over design, with maximum concentration (Cmax) and area under plasma concentration–time curve to last sampling time (AUClast) used as pivotal bioequivalence variables. Bioequivalence of the products was confirmed, based on relative ratios of geometric mean concentrations (and 90% confidence intervals within the range 0.80–1.25) for Cmax of 101.9 (97.99–106.0) and for AUClast of 97.24 (94.44–100.1). The initial absorption of meloxicam was more rapid for the test article, despite virtually identical Cmax values for the two products. Mean elimination half-lives were 29.6 h (test article) and 30.0 h (reference article). The meloxicam plasma concentration–time profiles were considered in relation to published data on the inhibition of the cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and COX-2 isoenzymes by meloxicam.