Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis

Development of a sensitive UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method for quantification of sofosbuvir and its metabolite, GS-331007, in human plasma: Application to a bioequivalence study.

PMID 26037157


A rapid and simple LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous estimation of sofosbuvir (SF) and its metabolite GS-331007 (GS) using famotidine as an internal standard (IS). The Xevo TQD LC-MS/MS was operated under the multiple-reaction monitoring mode using electrospray ionization. Extraction with ethyl acetate was used in sample preparation. The prepared samples were chromatographed on Acquity UPLC HSS C₁₈ (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm) column by pumping 0.1% formic acid and acetonitrile (50:50, v/v) in an isocratic mode at a flow rate of 0.3 ml/min. Method validation was performed as per the FDA guidelines and the standard curves were found to be linear in the range of 10-2500 ng/ml for both SF and its metabolite. The intra-day and inter-day precision and accuracy results were within the acceptable limits. A very short run time of 1.2 min made it possible to analyze more than 300 human plasma samples per day. The developed assay method was successfully applied to a bioequivalence study in human volunteers.