Introduction: The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of pH on the
solubility and intestinal permeability of ketoprofen by using HPLC. Ketoprofen is a slightly soluble
acidic drug, and its solubility in aqueous phase is affected by pH changes dramatically. However, there
is no data in the literature to support whether this pH dependent water solubility of ketoprofen will influence
Method: In this study, the distribution-coefficient (log D) of ketoprofen at various pH values between
4.5 and 7.5 were investigated using HPLC, and then it was made an attempt to correlate the log D values
with the intestinal permeability values. For this reason, in vivo intestinal permeability studies were
performed at pH 4.5 and pH 7.5. The concentrations of model and reference compounds and also the
blank buffers passed though the rat intestine were analyzed by means of a validated HPLC method.
Result: A nonlinear relationship was found between the results of in vitro and in vivo studies indicating
that the diffusion of ketoprofen was not only related with passive diffusion, but also could be related
with active transport.