An assay employing automated solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by high-performance liquid chromatography with positive ion TurboIonspray tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) was developed and validated for the quantification of rosuvastatin (Crestor™) in human plasma. Rosuvastatin is a hydroxy-methyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor currently under development by AstraZeneca. The standard curve range in human plasma was 0.1-30 ng/ml with a lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) verified at 0.1 ng/ml. Inaccuracy was less than 8% and imprecision less than ±15% at all concentration levels. There was no interference from endogenous substances. The analyte was stable in human plasma following three freeze/thaw cycles and for up to 6 months following storage at both -20 and -70°C. The assay was successfully applied to the analysis of rosuvastatin in human plasma samples derived from clinical trials, allowing the pharmacokinetics of the compound to be determined. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Jun 2002|
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