Three simple, accurate and sensitive spectrophotometric methods were developed for determination of enoxacin. The methods based on extraction of this drug into chloroform as ion pairs with sulphonphthalein dyes as bromophenol blue and bromocresol purple. The optimum conditions of the reactions were studied and optimized. The absorbance of yellow products was measured at 412 nm for enoxacin-bromophenol blue and 410 nm for enoxacin-bromocresol purple. Linearity ranges were found to be 2.0-20.0 mug ml(-1) for enoxacin-bromophenol blue and 0.77-17.62 mug ml(-1) for enoxacin-bromocresol purple. The detection limits were found to be 0.084 mug ml(-1) and 0.193 mug ml(-1) for enoxacin-bromophenol blue and enoxacin-bromocresol purple, respectively. The composition of the ion pairs was found 1:1 by Job's method. The developed methods were applied successfully for the determination of this drug in pharmaceutical preparation. The data obtained by developed methods were compared with the spectrophotometric method in literature. No differences were found statistically. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.