Development of a Validated Stability-Indicating LC Method for Nitazoxanide in Pharmaceutical Formulations

Research paper by Marcelo Donadel Malesuik, Simone Gonçalves Cardoso, Martin Steppe

Indexed on: 07 Nov '07Published on: 07 Nov '07Published in: Chromatographia


A reversed-phase liquid chromatographic (LC) method was developed for the assay of nitazoxanide (NTZ) in solid dosage formulations. An isocratic LC separation was performed on a Phenomenex Synergi Fusion C18 column (250 mm × 4.6 mm, i.d., 4 μm particle size) using a mobile phase of 0.1% o-phosphoric acid solution, pH 6.0: acetonitrile (45:55, v/v) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL min−1. Detection was achieved with a photodiode array detector at 240 nm. The detector response for NTZ was linear over the concentration range from 2 to 100 μg mL−1 (r = 0.9999). The specificity and stability-indicating capability of the method were proved using stress conditions. The RSD values for intra-day precision were less than 1.0% for tablets and powder for oral suspension. The RSD values for inter-day precision were 0.6 and 0.7% for tablets and powder for oral suspension. The accuracy was 100.4% (RSD = 1.8%) for tablets and 100.9% (RSD = 0.3%) for powder for oral suspension. The limits of quantitation and detection were 0.4 and 0.1 μg mL−1. There was no interference of the excipients on the determination of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. The proposed method was precise, accurate, specific, and sensitive. It can be applied to the quantitative determination of drug in tablets and powder for oral suspension.