A simultaneous assay for moricizine, its two sulphoxidation metabolites, morizine sulphoxide and moricizine sulphone, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is described. The drug and metabolites and clozapine (internal standard) in biological fluids were extracted using pentanesulphonic acid into diethyl ether. The ethereal extract was evaporated to dryness and the residue was redissolved in the mobile phase (methanol-water-triethylamine, 65:35:0.5, v/v). The analyses were performed on a μBondapak reversed-phase C18 column housed in a Waters Z-module, linked to a C18 pre-column, with a run-time of 12 min. The retention times were 2.7, 3.5, 6.2 and 9.7 min for moricizine sulphone, moricizine sulphoxide, moricizine and clozapine, respectively. The recovery of the compounds from plasma ranged from 89.9% for the sulphoxide to 98.1% for clozapine. The limits of detection of the assay for moricizine, moricizine sulphoxide and moricizine sulphone were 20, 10 and 5 ng/ml, respectively.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications|
|State||Published - Jan 6 1995|
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