Predicting the impact of physiological and biochemical processes on oral drug bioavailability

Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2001 Oct 1:50 Suppl 1:S41-67. doi: 10.1016/s0169-409x(01)00179-x.


Recent advances in computational methods applied to the fields of drug delivery and biopharmaceutics will be reviewed with a focus on prediction of the impact of physiological and biochemical factors on simulation of gastrointestinal absorption and bioavailability. Our application of a gastrointestinal simulation for the prediction of oral drug absorption and bioavailability will be described. First, we collected literature data or we estimated biopharmaceutical properties by application of statistical methods to a set of 2D and 3D molecular descriptors. Second, we integrated the differential equations for an advanced compartmental absorption and transit (ACAT) model in order to determine the rate, extent, and approximate gastrointestinal location of drug liberation (for controlled release), dissolution, passive and carrier-mediated absorption, and saturable metabolism and efflux. We predict fraction absorbed, bioavailability, and C(p) vs. time profiles for common drugs and compare those estimates to literature data. We illustrate the simulated impact of physiological and biochemical processes on oral drug bioavailability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Availability*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Models, Biological
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations