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Development and validation of HPLC method for analysis of dexamethasone acetate in microemulsions

Maria Cristina Cocenza Urban, Rubiana Mara Mainardes, Maria Palmira Daflon Gremião


A simple, rapid, accurate and sensitive method was developed for quantitative analysis of dexamethasone acetate in microemulsions using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV detection. The chromatography parameters were stainless steel Lichrospher 100 RP-18 column (250 mm x 4 mm i.d., 5 μm particle size), at 30 ± 2 ºC. The isocratic mobile phase was methanol:water (65:35; v/v) at a flow rate of at 1.0 mL.min-1. The determinations were performed using UV-Vis detector set at 239 nm. Samples were prepared with methanol and the volume injected was 20 μL. The analytical curve was linear (r² 0.9995) over a wide concentration range (2.0-30.0 μg.mL-1). The presence of components of the microemulsion did not interfere in the results of the analysis. The method showed adequate precision, with a relative standard deviation (RSD) smaller than 3%. The accuracy was analyzed by adding a standard drug and good recovery values were obtained for all drug concentrations used. The HPLC method developed in this study showed specificity and selectivity with linearity in the working range and good precision and accuracy, making it very suitable for quantification of dexamethasone in microemulsions. The analytical procedure is reliable and offers advantages in terms of speed and low cost of reagents.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-82502009000100010

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