An efficient and reliable micellarelectrokinetic capillary chromatography (MEKC) method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of isoniazid (ISO) and pyridoxine hydrochloride (PYR) in pharmaceutical formulations. A chemometric two level full factorial design approach was used to search for the optimum conditions of separation. Three parameters were selected for this study: the buffer pH, the buffer concentration and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) concentrations. Resolution, peak symmetry and analysis time were established as response. The two analytes were separated within 6 min with the optimized conditions: 50 mM borate buffer, 25 mM SDS pH 7.8, 35 degrees C, at 50 mbar 4 s injection and 30 kV by using a fused silica capillary (72 cm effective length, 50 mu m i.d.). The detection wavelength was set to 205 nm. Meloxicam was used as internal standard. The method was validated with respect to stability, linearity range, limit of quantitation and detection, precision, accuracy, specificity and robustness. The detection limits of the method were 1.0 mu g mL(-1) for ISO and 0.40 mu g mL(-1) for PYR and the method was linear at least in the range of 3.0-100 mu g mL(-1) for ISO and 1.0-100 mu g mL(-1) for PYR with excellent correlation coefficients (0.9995 for ISO and 0.9998 for PYR). Relative standard deviations (R.S.D.s) of the described method ranged between 0.54 and 2.27% for intra-day precision and between 0.65 and 2.69% for inter-day precision. The developed method was applied to the tablet form of ISO and PYR-containing the pharmaceutical preparations and the data were compared with obtained from the standard addition method. No statistically significant difference was found. (C) 2007 Published by Elsevier B.V.