A simple, selective and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method is described for the determination of colistin in human plasma. Derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate was performed in the same solid-phase extraction C18 cartridge used for sample pre-treatment, followed by reversed-phase HPLC with fluorimetric detection. Quantification was achieved using the ratio of the summed peak areas of colistin A and B derivatives to that of the derivative of netilmicin (internal standard). Linear calibration curves were obtained within the concentrations of colistin sulfate from 0.10 to 4.0 mg/l in plasma. Accuracy was within 10% and reproducibility (RSD) was less than 10%.