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Liquid chromatographic method for irinotecan estimation: Screening of p-gp modulators

Author(s): M Tariq, LM Negi, Sushama Talegaonkar, FJ Ahmad, Zeenat Iqbal, AM Khan
Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdrd, Handard Nagar, New Delhi -110 062, India

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Sushama Talegaonkar Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdrd, Handard Nagar, New Delhi -110 062 India E-mail:

The present work is aimed to develop a simple, sensitive, robust and reliable HPLC method for the estimation of irinotecan in the physiological media in order to assess the permeability profile of irinotecan, using the everted gut sac, in the presence of various P-gp modulators. Separation was achieved using, C18 column with mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.045 µM sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate buffer containing ion pair agent heptane sulphonic acid sodium salt (0.0054 µM), pH 3. The flow rate was maintained at 1 ml/min and analysis was performed at 254.9 nm using PDA detector. Calibration data showed an excellent linear relationship between peak-area verses drug concentration (r 2 , 0.9999). Linearity was found to be in the range of 0.060-10.0 µg/ml. Limits of detection and quantification were found to ~0.020 µg/ml and ~0.060 µg/ml, respectively. The developed method was found to be precise (RSD < 1.5%, for repeatability and <2.55% for intermediate precision, acceptable ranges of precision), accurate (The recovered content of irinotecan in the presence of various P-gp modulators varied from 96.11-101.51%, within acceptable range, 80-120%), specific and robust (% RSD < 2). Developed method has been applied successfully for the evaluation of eleven P-gp modulators from diverse chemical class.

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