Title: A simple method for nicardipine hydrochloride quantification in plasma using solid-phase extraction and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography
Authors: Fernandes, Catarina Marques 
Veiga, Francisco José Baptista 
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Biomedical Chromatography. 17:1 (2003) 33-38
Abstract: A simple and sensitive reversed-phase liquid chromatography method was developed and validated for the determination of nicardipine hydrochloride (NC) in rabbit plasma. Nicardipine hydrochloride and nimodipine, used as internal standard, were initially extracted from plasma by a rapid solid-phase extraction using C18 cartridges. After extraction, nicardipine hydrochloride was separated by HPLC on a C18 column and quantified by ultraviolet detection at 254 nm. A mixture of acetonitrile-0.02 M sodium phosphate buffer-methanol (45:40:15) with 0.2% of triethylamine of pH of 6.1 was used as mobile phase. The mean (±SD) extraction efficiency of NC was 77.56 ± 5.4, 84.23 ± 4.32 and 83.94 ± 3.87% for drug concentrations of 5, 25 and 100 ng/mL, respectively. The method proved to be linear in the range of 5-100 ng/mL with a regression coefficient of 0.9993. The relative standard deviations of intra- and inter-day analysis for NC in plasma were 3.26-6.52% (n = 5) and 4.71-9.38% (n = 5), respectively. The differences of the mean value measured from the concentration prepared, expressed in percentages (bias percentage), were only - 5.2, 0.4 and 0.8% at NC 5, 25 and 50 ng/mL, which confirmed the accuracy of the method. The analytical technique was used to determine NC plasma concentration after drug oral administration to rabbits. The results inferred that NC is rapidly absorbed in rabbits and has a short half-life (t1/2 = 1.34 h). Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/8364
Rights: openAccess
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