Bufuralol is a beta-adrenoceptor blocking drug whose oxidative metabolism is under the same genetic control as debrisoquine and sparteine. The pharmacokinetics of bufuralol were studied in 10 healthy subjects (7 extensive and 3 poor metabolizers of debrisoquine) after oral and intravenous administration. In extensive metabolizers the systemic availability of bufuralol was 43%. Poor metabolizers were characterized by a considerable increase in systemic availability due to a corresponding decrease in hepatic first-pass metabolism. After oral administration of bufuralol non-linear kinetics may occur.