Development and Validation of Eco-Friendly Liquid Chromatographic and Spectrophotometric Methods for Simultaneous Determination of Coformulated Drugs: Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and Prednisolone Acetate.

Research paper by Nadia M NM Mostafa, Ghada M GM Elsayed, Nagiba Y NY Hassan, Dina A DA El Mously

Indexed on: 25 Jul '17Published on: 25 Jul '17Published in: Journal of AOAC International


Five simple, sensitive, and eco-friendly LC and UV spectrophotometric methods have been developed for the simultaneous determination of phenylephrine hydrochloride (PHE) and prednisolone acetate (PRD) in their combined dosage form. The first method was reversed-phase (RP) LC using methanol–water–heptane-1-sulfonic acid sodium salt (75 + 25 + 0.1, v/v/w) as a mobile phase. Separation was achieved using an XSelect HSS reversed-phase C18 analytical column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5µm). The flow rate was 1.0 mL/min and UV detection was done at 230 nm. Quantification was achieved over the concentration ranges of 5–50 µg/mL for PHE and 2–90 µg/mL for PRD. Four spectrophotometric methods were proposed, namely dual wavelength, first derivative of ratio spectra, ratio difference, and mean-centering of ratio spectra. Linearity was observed in the concentration ranges of 10–120 and 5–35 µg/mL for PHE and PRD, respectively, for the spectrophotometric methods. Green solvents were used in the proposed methods because they play a vital role in the analytical methods’ influence on the environment. The suggested methods were validated regarding linearity, accuracy, and precision according to the International Conference on Harmonization guidelines, with satisfactory results. These methods could be used as harmless substitutes for routine analysis of the mentioned drugs, with no interference from excipients.