Author(s): Salm P, Taylor PJ, Lynch SV, Pillans PI
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Abstract We report here a validated method for the quantification of a new immunosuppressant drug, everolimus (SDZ RAD), using HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry. Whole blood samples (500 microl) were prepared by protein precipitation, followed by C(18) solid-phase extraction. Mass spectrometric detection was by selected reaction monitoring with an electrospray interface operating in positive ionization mode. The assay was linear from 0.5 to 100 microg/l (r(2) > 0.996, n = 9). The analytical recovery and inter-day imprecision, determined using whole blood quality control samples (n = 5) at 0.5, 1.2, 20.0, and 75.0 microg/l, was 100.3 - 105.4\% and < or = 7.6\%, respectively. The assay had a mean relative recovery of 94.8 +/- 3.8\%. Extracted samples were stable for up to 24 h. Fortified everolimus blood samples were stable at -80 degrees C for at least 8 months and everolimus was found to be stable in blood when taken through at least three freeze-thaw cycles. The reported method provides accurate, precise and specific measurement of everolimus in blood over a wide analytical range and is currently supporting phase II and III clinical trials.
This article was published in J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques