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Saturday 01 February 2003

Application of spectrofluorometry for evaluation of dry powder inhalers in vitro.

By: Srichana T, Suedee R, Srisudjai P.

Pharmazie 2003 Feb;58(2):125-9

Andersen cascade impactor (ACI) is commonly used for the testing of pharmaceutical aerosols, which has to be coupled with an instrument for quantitative analysis of drug depositing on each stage of the ACI. This procedure consumes much time in operation. Therefore, this study was aimed at speeding up the process of drug analysis in aerosol formulations after obtaining samples from the ACI. From the results obtained, it was proved that the validated spectrofluorometric method was accurate and sensitive. It was capable of giving similar results to those we obtained from HPLC-UV analysis. There was no interference from the amount of lactose carrier incorporated in the formulation in the step of salbutamol analysis indicating specificity of the method. As a result, samples were analyzed without further separation. The detection limit was 0.1 microg/ml. Hence, spectrofluorometry can be used as a substitute method to HPLC-UV in determining the small quantity of salbutamol after aerosolization from dry powder aerosols. The present study suggests that spectrofluometry can be a rapid and efficient method in the pharmaceutical analysis of aerosols.

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