Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis

High performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric determination of rupatadine in human plasma and its pharmacokinetics.

PMID 18472381


A simple, rapid, sensitive and selective liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the quantification of rupatadine in human plasma using estazolam as internal standard (IS). Following liquid-liquid extraction, the analytes were separated using a mobile phase of methanol-ammonium acetate (pH 2.2; 5mM) (50:50, v/v) on a reverse phase C18 column and analyzed by a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer in the positive ion and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode, m/z 416-->309 for rupatadine and m/z 295-->267 for the IS. The assay exhibited a linear dynamic range of 0.1-100 ng/ml for rupatadine in human plasma. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 0.1 ng/ml with a relative standard deviation of less than 20%. Acceptable precision and accuracy were obtained for concentrations over the standard curve range. The validated LC-MS/MS method has been successfully applied to study the pharmacokinetics of rupatadine in healthy volunteers.

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