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Pharmacokinetics of Orbifloxacin in Mehsana Goats after Intravenous and Intramuscular Administration

Ghanshyam D*, Avinash, Divyesh K, Madhavi A, Bhavesh C, Hitesh P and Shailesh M

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar-385506, Gujarat, India

*Corresponding Author:
Ghanshyam D
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University
Sardarkrushinagar-385506, Gujarat, India
Tel: +91 9924872823
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 29, 2015 Accepted date: May 27, 2015 Published date: May 29, 2015

Citation: Ghanshyam D, Avinash, Divyesh K, Madhavi A, Bhavesh C, et al. (2015) Pharmacokinetics of Orbifloxacin in Mehsana Goats after Intravenous and Intramuscular Administration. J Veterinar Sci Technol 6:237. doi:10.4172/2157- 7579.1000237

Copyright: © 2015 Ghanshyam D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Single-dose pharmacokinetics of orbifloxacin (2.5 mg/kg bodyweight) were determined in clinically normal female mehsana goats (n=6) following intravenous and intramuscular administration. Orbifloxacin concentrations were determined by high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. The concentration–time data were analyzed by non-compartmental kinetic method. Following a single intravenous injection, an elimination half-life (t1/2β) of 8.63 ± 0.130 h. Steady-state volume of distribution (Vdss) and total body clearance (ClB) were 2.99 ± 0.038 L/kg and 0.187 ± 0.002 L/kg/h, respectively. Following intramuscular administration, the elimination rate constant (β), the area under the curve from zero to infinity (AUC0-∞) and the mean absorption time (MAT) were 0.019 ± 0.001 h-1, 19.66 ± 0.216 μg·h/mL and 7.618 ± 0.549 h, respectively. The peak plasma concentration (Cmax) of 1.76 ± 0.010 μg/mL was achieved at 1.00 ± 0.00 h. The mean residence time (MRT) was 21.07 ± 0.478 h and the absolute bioavailability were 155.5 ± 2.487%, respectively. Orbifloxacin could be useful for the treatment of bacterial infections in goats that are sensitive to this drug.


Orbifloxacin; Pharmacokinetics; Goats; High performance liquid chromatography


Fluoroquinolones developed over the past few years have greater potency, a broader spectrum of activity, greater in vivo efficacy against resistant organisms and possess a better safety profile than other antimicrobial agents. Orbifloxacin is a third generation synthetic fluoroquinolone, an antimicrobial drug developed extensively for use in veterinary medicine [1,2] and it exhibits high bactericidal activity against Gram-positive, Gram-negative and Mycoplasma spp. [3,4] (Table 1). It is commonly used for infections of the skin.

Typeofbacteria Activity Species References
Gram-positive invitro Enterobacterfaecalis [3,4]
Gram-negative invitro Escherichiacoli [4,23]
PasteurellaSpp. [3,4,24,25]
invitroandexvivo Mannheimiahemolytica [14]
Mycoplasma invitro MycoplasmaSpp. [3,4,24,25]

Table 1: Bactericidal activity of orbifloxacin against different bacteria.

The continuous interest in orbifloxacin has revealed several recent investigations describing their pharmacokinetic studies in pigs [5], cattle calves [2], cats [6], dogs [1,6-8], horses [9,10], goats [11], camels [12], rabbits [13], cattle [14], sheep [15,16] Japanese quail [17], buffalo calves [18] and chickens [19]. These studies have clearly revealed that the pharmacological basis of dosage regimen of orbifloxacin should be determined in the animals in which the drug is to be used clinically. However, no single study is done on the pharmacokinetics of orbifloxacin in goats in India till date. Therefore, we conducted pharmacokinetics of orbifloxacin in goats after intravenous and intramuscular administration.

Materials and Methods

Experimental animals

Twelve healthy adult mehsana goats weighing between 25-35 kg and aged 2-4 years were used in the present study. The animals were procured from Livestock Research Station, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar, Gujarat, India. Sheep were kept at optimal nutritional conditions and had access to ad libitum water. The animals were kept under observations throughout the study period. The experimental protocol was approved by Institutional Animal Ethics Committee of Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar, Gujarat, India.

Drugs and chemicals

Orbifloxacin was obtained from Intas pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ashram road, Ahmedabad. Water, methanol, potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate, acetonitrile, orthophosphoric acid, disodium hydrogen phosphate and triethylamine of HPLC grade were purchased from S. D. Fine Chem. Ltd, Mumbai.

Experimental design and dosing

Twelve animals were divided into two groups - Group I and Group II as 6 animals in each group. Single dose intravenous pharmacokinetics study (Group I) and single dose intramuscular pharmacokinetic study (Group II) of orbifloxacin were performed in mehsana goats. Group I animals were administered with orbifloxacin at 2.5 mg/kg body weight by intravenous route and Group II animals were administered with orbifloxacin at 2.5 mg/kg body weight by intramuscular route.

Sample collection and preparation of plasma samples

Five mL whole blood samples were collected by venipuncture of the jugular vein into 10 mL heparinized tubes at 0 min (pre-administration), 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 h after drug administration. The samples were centrifuged at 1600 rpm for 10 min. The plasma samples were transferred to Cryo-vials (2 mL capacity) and frozen until HPLC analysis.

Analytical method

Plasma samples were analyzed by using HPLC system equipped with G1312A pump, UV detector, SIL6B autoinjector and CTO6A column heater (Agilent 1100 series). Above mentioned system was connected to a computer with Chromeleon Chromatography Data System software.

Plasma proteins were precipitated by adding 1000 μL plasma and 1000 μL acetonitrile. The mixture was vortexed for 10 s and centrifuged at 1600 rpm for 10 min. Then, 250 μL of supernatant was diluted with 750 μL 0.067 M disodium hydrogen phosphate buffer (pH 7.5). Chromatographic separation was performed by using Chromatopak Peerless Basic C18 column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5 μ) at 40°C with an injection volume of 80 μL. The mobile phase (43:57) consisted of 430 volumes of buffer and 570 volumes of methanol with a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min. Buffer was prepared by dissolving 6.8 g of potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate in 1000 mL of water and by adding 3 mL of triethylamine. Then, pH adjusted to 2.5 with orthophosphoric acid. UV detection was performed at a wavelength of 320 nm.

Validation of analytical methods

Blank plasma samples were analyzed to check the absence of interference in the elution position of orbifloxacin. Stock solution of 1 mg/mL orbifloxacin was prepared by dissolving 100 mg powder form of pure drug in 100 mL of HPLC water. Further dilutions of the stock solution were prepared and spiked into blank plasma to produce calibration curves at different concentrations. Linearity was determined by spiking concentrations of orbifloxacin between 0.0625 μg/mL and 20 μg/mL. The mean correlation coefficient (R2) was 0.999. Standard curves were obtained by orbifloxacin peak area and known concentrations. The retention time of orbifloxacin was 2.43 min [20]. The detection limit and quantification limit were determined by analysis of spiked samples at low orbifloxacin concentration.

Pharmacokinetic analysis

Pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated from plasma concentration of orbifloxacin by software PK solution (version 2.0), Summit research services, USA. This program uses non-compartmental model of pharmacokinetic analysis of orbifloxacin.


No local or system adverse reaction was observed after intravenous or intramuscular injection of orbifloxacin. A semi-logarithmic plot of the mean concentration of orbifloxacin in the plasma following intravenous and intramuscular administration of 2.5 mg/kg is shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: Mean ± SE plasma concentrations of orbifloxacin in goats after intramuscular and intravenous injection of 2.5 mg/kg body weight (n=6).

A summary of the pharmacokinetic parameters following intravenous and intramuscular administrations is listed in Table 2. In goats, orbifloxacin showed a range of Vdss in between 2.85 to 3.09 L/kg and a range of ClB in between 0.181 to 0.194 L/kg/h after intravenous administration. Orbifloxacin was absorbed rapidly after intramuscular administration and the Cmax range was (1.72 to 1.79 μg/mL) attained after 1.00 ± 0.00 h (Tmax) after injection (Figure 1). The MAT range was 5.21 to 9.13 h. The systemic bioavailability range after intramuscular administration was 147.3 to 165.2%.

Pharmacokineticparameters Units Intravenous Intramuscular
β /h 0.020±0.001 0.019±0.001
t1/2β h 8.63±0.130 17.77±0.058
AUC0-∞ γ•η/μΛ 12.65±0.208 19.66±0.216
AUMC μγ•η2/μΛ 207.6±0.50 414.4±12.70
Vdarea L/kg 9.83±0.172 --
Vdss L/kg 2.99±0.038 --
ClB L/kg/h 0.187±0.002 --
MRT h 15.57±0.531 21.07±0.478
MAT h -- 7.618±0.549
Cmax γ/μΛ -- 1.76±0.010
Tmax h -- 1.00±0.00
F % -- 155.5±2.487

Table 2: Mean ± SE plasma pharmacokinetic parameters of orbifloxacin in goats (n=6) following intravenous intramuscular administration at a dose rate 2.5 mg/kg body weight.


Orbifloxacin was quickly and widely distributed after intravenous administration with a Vdss of 2.99 ± 0.038 L/kg, which suggested good penetration through biological membranes and was consistent with other species, including horses 4.04 L/kg [9] and 1.58 L/kg [10], goats (1.13 L/kg; [11] and (4.78 L/kg; [21], camels (1.73 L/kg); [12], rabbits (1.71 L/kg); [13], sheep (1.31 L/kg; [15] and 3.09 L/kg); [16], cattle (0.92 L/kg); [14], dogs (1.61 L/kg); [8], buffaloes (1.10 L/kg); [18] and Japanese quail (1.27 L/kg); [17].

The calculated half-life of elimination following intravenous administration in this study was (8.63 ± 0.130 h), almost same than in sheep (8.31 h); [16], shorter than in horses (9.06 h); [9] and, longer than that reported in birds (4.92 h); [19], buffalo (4.98 h); [18], horses (5.08 h); [10], camels (5.74 h); [12], dogs (7.1 h); [9] and (4.23 h); [8]. In contrast, a much shorter half-life of elimination of orbifloxacin was recorded in Japanese quail (1.71 h); [17].

The systemic clearance of orbifloxacin after intravenous administration in present study (0.187 ± 0.002 L/kg/h) and similar to that reported in buffalo (0.16 L/kg/h); [18] and sheep (0.158 L/kg/h); [16], but slower than that reported in cattle (0.24 L/kg/h); [14], dogs (0.31 L/kg/h); [8], sheep (0.32 L/kg/h); [15], goats (0.40 L/kg/h); [11] and 1.88 L/kg/h); [15], Japanese quail (0.60 L/kg/h); [17] and rabbits (0.91 L/kg/h); [13].

The Cmax (1.76 ± 0.010 μg/mL) and Tmax (1.00 ± 0.00 h) values after intramuscular administration of orbifloxacin in present study were intermediate between those reported in dogs (1.15 μg/mL and 1.15 h, respectively; [13], cattle (1.21 μg/mL and 1.36 h, respectively); [14], sheep (1.53 μg/mL and 1.25 h, respectively); [15], buffalo (1.6 μg/mL and 1.3 h, respectively); [18], birds (1.63 μg/mL and 1.32 h, respectively); [19] and goats (1.66 μg/mL and 0.87 h, respectively); [11], but much higher to that observed by [15] in goats (0.36 μg/mL and 0.94 h, respectively). In contrast, lower to that reported in camels (1.93 μg/ mL and 1.52 h, respectively); [12] and similar to that reported in sheep (1.81 μg/mL and 1.0 h, respectively); [16].

The elimination half-life after intramuscular administration (17.77 h) was much longer than after intravenous administration (8.63 h) and the slower elimination of orbifloxacin from plasma after intramuscular treatment suggested a ‘flip-flop’ effect [22]. This would mean that the terminal phase of the plasma concentration–time curve was determined by the absorption rate constant and not by the apparent elimination constant.

The systemic bioavailability of orbifloxacin in sheep after intramuscular administration was extensive (155.5 ± 2.487%) and indicated good absorption from the injection site. It was almost same that have been reported in sheep 150.8%; [16]. Relatively, lower values have been reported in buffalo 91.9%; [18], goats 92.47%; [15] and 105.01%; [11], camels (97.47%) [12], dogs 100.1% [8], cattle 101.4% [14], rabbits (109.87%) [13] and sheep 114.63% [15].


Orbifloxacin showed favorable pharmacokinetic properties, such as a long half-life and high bioavailability, with no obvious adverse reactions. This drug could therefore be an effective treatment in goats for a number of bacterial infections. However, further studies are needed to establish a multiple dosage regimen and clinical efficacy against susceptible organisms that infect goats.

Conflict of Interest Statement

None of the authors of this paper has a financial or personal relationship with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence or bias the content of this paper.


The authors thank to Astron Research Limited, Ahmedabad, India for providing facility to carryout analysis of samples.


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