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A New Improved RP-HPLC Method for Assay of Rosuvastatin Calcium in Tablets

Author(s): HO Kaila, MA Ambasana, RS Thakkar, HT Saravaia, AK Shah
Department of Chemistry, Saurashtra University, Rajkot-360 005, India

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A reliable and sensitive isocratic stability indicating RP-HPLC method has been developed and validated for assay of rosuvastatin calcium in tablets and for determination of content uniformity. An isocratic separation of rosuvastatin calcium was achieved on YMC C8, 150Χ4.6 mm i.d., 5 μm particle size columns with a flow rate of 1.5 ml/min and using a photodiode array detector to monitor the eluate at 242 nm. The mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile: water (40:60, v/v) pH 3.5 adjusted with phosphoric acid. The drug was subjected to oxidation, hydrolysis, photolysis and thermal degradation. All degradation products in an overall analytical run time of approximately 10 min with the parent compound rosuvastatin eluting at approximately 5.2 min. Response was a linear function of drug concentration in the range of 0.5-80 μg/ml (r 2 = 0.9993) with a limit of detection and quantification of 0.1 and 0.5 μg/ml respectively. Accuracy (recovery) was between 99.6 and 101.7%. Degradation products resulting from the stress studies did not interfere with the detection of rosuvastatin and the assay is thus stability-indicating.

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