Detection of N-nitrosamines in Pharmaceutical Products
May 23 2023
HPLC-APCI-MS/MS is a method that combines high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation mass spectrometry (APCI-MS/MS) to detect and quantify N-nitrosamines in pharmaceutical products.
HPLC is a chromatographic technique that separates and identifies individual components in a mixture, while APCI-MS/MS is a mass spectrometric technique that ionises and fragments molecules to detect and identify specific compounds. Combining the two techniques allows for highly sensitive and specific detection of N-nitrosamines in pharmaceutical products.
This method involves first extracting N-nitrosamines from the pharmaceutical product using a suitable solvent. The resulting solution is then injected into an HPLC system, which separates the N-nitrosamines from other components in the sample. The separated N-nitrosamines are then ionized using APCI and the resulting ions are detected using mass spectrometry. The specificity of the method is further enhanced by using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which allows for the detection of specific N-nitrosamines with high accuracy and precision.
The HPLC-APCI-MS/MS method is highly sensitive and specific, making it an effective tool for the detection and quantification of N-nitrosamines in pharmaceutical products. Its use is now more important than ever given the recent increase in recalls due to N-nitrosamine contamination. Regulatory agencies around the world are now requiring that pharmaceutical manufacturers test their products for N-nitrosamines, and the HPLC-APCI-MS/MS method is one of the most reliable and widely accepted methods available.
In summary, the HPLC-APCI-MS/MS method is a highly sensitive and specific technique that can detect and quantify N-nitrosamines in pharmaceutical products. Given the potential health risks associated with N-nitrosamines, their detection and quantification is vital to ensure the safety and quality of pharmaceutical products, and the HPLC-APCI-MS/MS method is an important tool in this regard.
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