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Chromatographia

, Volume 67, Issue 7–8, pp 621–625 | Cite as

LC–ESI–MS Determination of Lovastatin in Human Plasma

  • Lin Li
  • Jin Sun
  • Yaxin Sun
  • Zhonggui HeEmail author
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Abstract

A convenient, selective and sensitive liquid chromatographic-electrospary ionization mass spectrometry (LC–ESI–MS) method was developed and validated to determine lovastatin in human plasma. The analyte was extracted from human plasma samples by typical liquid–liquid extraction, separated on a C18 column by using the mobile phase consisting of water–methanol (13:87, v/v). Simvastatin was used as the internal standard (IS). The method was linear within the range of 0.1–20 ng mL−1. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 0.1 ng mL−1. The intra- and inter-run precision, calculated from quality control (QC) samples was less than 10.2%. The accuracy as determined from QC samples was in the range of 99.3–102.9% for the analyte. The mean recoveries for lovastatin and IS were 84.8 and 88.0%, respectively. The method was successfully applied for evaluation of the pharmacokinetic of lovastatin in healthy volunteers.

Keywords

Column liquid chromatography LC–ESI–MS Pharmacokinetics study Human plasma Lovastatin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biopharmaceutics, School of PharmacyShenyang Pharmaceutical UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.Ningbo Team Pharm Co., LtdNingboChina

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