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Pharmacodynamic Differences Between Branded and Unbranded Remifentanil Molecules

Information source: Fundaciˇn Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud
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Condition(s) targeted: Pain

Intervention: Remifentanyl, Ultiva® (Drug); Remifentanil Laboratorios Chalver de Colombia S.A. (Drug); Fada Remifentanilo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Fundaciˇn Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
luis e reyes, professor, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: fundacion universitaria de ciencias de la salud


Unbranded drug molecules are produced after the patent of a given drug has expired. Unbranded molecules of Remifentanil have been marketed in Colombia, and several reports by anesthesiologist indicate that there are differences in the physiologic response of patients to these molecules. The investigators hypothesized that unbranded molecules of remifentanil require higher doses to obtain desired physiological responses as compared to the branded molecule.

Clinical Details

Official title: Pharmacodynamic Differences Between Branded and Unbranded Remifentanil Molecules Available in Colombia for Tracheal Intubation of Adult Patients, 2012-2013

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Pharmacodynamics Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Composite outcome of heart rate or mean arterial pressure difference before and after tracheal intubation

Secondary outcome: Cooper intubation condition score

Detailed description: Introduction. Several remifentanil products are commercialized in Colombia while these have never been compared in a clinical setting. Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmacodynamic profile of the innovative molecule of remifentanil (group O = Ultiva®) and two unbranded molecules (group A = Remifentanil Laboratorios Chalver de Colombia S. A. and group B = Fada Remifentanilo) registered in Colombia. Methods. The investigators carried out a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. The branded molecule of remifentanil (group O, n=29) was compared against the two unbranded molecules (group A, n=29; group B, n=32) during anesthetic induction and tracheal intubation in adult patients American Society of Anesthesiology Physical Status Classification = I without predictors for difficult airway. The target controlled infusion (TCI) doses evaluated were 6, 8 and 10 ng/ml with the Minto model. Induction was complemented with propofol 5 mg/ml (TCI) with the Schneider model and rocuronium 0. 6 mg/kg. The primary outcome was defined as the difference in mean arterial pressure and heart rate pre-intubation (TCI equilibrium) and post-intubation (maximum measurement within 5 minutes).


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 50 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients requiring orotracheal intubation

- 18-50 years old

- Body mass index <31 kg/m2

- Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnancy

- Risk of difficult airway

- History of opioid use

Locations and Contacts

Fundaci├│n Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud, Hospital de San Jose, Bogota, Cundinamarca 11001000, Colombia
Additional Information

Related publications:

Kwak HJ, Min SK, Kim DH, Kang M, Kim JY. Effect-site concentration of remifentanil for nasotracheal versus orotracheal intubation during target-controlled infusion of propofol. J Int Med Res. 2011;39(5):1816-23.

Lysakowski C, Dumont L, Pellegrini M, Clergue F, Tassonyi E. Effects of fentanyl, alfentanil, remifentanil and sufentanil on loss of consciousness and bispectral index during propofol induction of anaesthesia. Br J Anaesth. 2001 Apr;86(4):523-7.

Coskun D, Celebi H, Karaca G, Karabiyik L. Remifentanil versus fentanyl compared in a target-controlled infusion of propofol anesthesia: quality of anesthesia and recovery profile. J Anesth. 2010 Jun;24(3):373-9. doi: 10.1007/s00540-010-0898-1. Epub 2010 Mar 13.

Starting date: October 2012
Last updated: January 28, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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