Author(s): Patel SK, Patel NJ
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Abstract This paper describes the development of a stability-indicating RP-HPLC method for the determination of atomoxetine hydrochloride (ATX) in the presence of its degradation products generated from forced decomposition studies. The drug substance was subjected to stress conditions of acid, base, oxidation, wet heat, dry heat, and photodegradation. In stability tests, the drug was susceptible to acid, base, oxidation, and dry and wet heat degradation. It was found to be stable under the photolytic conditions tested. The drug was successfully separated from the degradation products formed under stress conditions on a Phenomenex C18 column (250 x 4.6 mm id, 5 microm particle size) by using acetonitrile-methanol-0.032 M ammonium acetate (55 + 05 + 40, v/v/v) as the mobile phase at 1.0 mL/min and 40 degrees C. Photodiode array detection at 275 nm was used for quantitation after RP-HPLC over the concentration range of 0.5-5 microg/mL with a mean recovery of 100.8 +/- 0.4\% for ATX. Statistical analysis demonstrated that the method is repeatable, specific, and accurate for the estimation of ATX. Because the method effectively separates the drug from its degradation products, it can be used as a stability-indicating method.
This article was published in J AOAC Int
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta