In this study, the pharmacokinetics of several formulations of aspirin were examined: soluble aspirin, mouth-dispersible aspirin, plain aspirin and enteric-coated aspirin granules. Blood samples were taken at frequent intervals for 24 hours after single dosing in 12 healthy volunteers and Tmax, Cmax and t1/2 measured. Cmax was significantly higher for soluble aspirin than for the other formulations and the t1/2 was shorter. The results show the rapid absorption of aspirin from a soluble formulation compared with that from plain aspirin or enteric-coated aspirin granules. Recommendations to treat patients suspected of having a heart attack as soon as possible with aspirin are now widely accepted and the present study would suggest that soluble aspirin should be the aspirin of choice in this situation.