alexa Novel automated assay for the quality control of mexiletine hydrochloride formulations using sequential injection and on-line dilution.
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta

Author(s): Tzanavaras PD, Zacharis CK, Rigas P

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Abstract The first automated method for the determination of mexiletine hydrochloride - an antiarrhythmic agent - is reported. The method is based on the reaction of the analyte with o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) in the presence of sulfite in basic medium using a sequential injection (SI) manifold. The reaction product was monitored spectrofluorimetrically (lambda(ex)=350 nm/lambda(em)=446 nm). A simple and effective on-line dilution approach was adopted in order to expand the linearity and apply the method to assay, dosage uniformity and dissolution tests with minimum sample preparation. Chemical (pH, amount concentrations of OPA and sulfite) and instrumental variables (temperature, flow rate, injection volumes, etc.) that affected the determination were studied. The developed assay was validated in terms of linearity, range, limits of detection (LOD=3.4 mg L(-1)) and quantitation (LOQ=10 mg L(-1)), accuracy, precision (R.S.D.<3.4\%) and selectivity. The method was applied successfully to the quality control of a mexiletine-containing formulation. The results were in good agreement with the US pharmacopoeia HPLC method. This article was published in J Pharm Biomed Anal and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta

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