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J Chromatogr B Biomed Sci Appl. 2000 Nov 10;749(1):119-25.

Sensitive and specific high-performance liquid chromatographic assay for 4'-hydroxyflurbiprofen and flurbiprofen in human urine and plasma.

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Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University, Morgantown 26506, USA.


A high-performance liquid chromatographic assay has been developed for the simultaneous quantitation of flurbiprofen and its major metabolite, 4'-hydroxyflurbiprofen, in urine and plasma. No extraction procedure was necessary for analysis of these compounds, which reduced time involved in sample preparation. The analytes were separated on a Brownlee Spheri-5 C18 column with a mobile phase of acetonitrile-20 mM dibasic potassium phosphate pH 3 buffer (40:60, v/v). Fluorescence detection was utilized with an excitation wavelength of 260 nm and an emission wavelength of 320 nm, providing excellent sensitivity. The limit of quantitation for 4'-hydroxyflurbiprofen and flurbiprofen was 0.25 microg/ml in urine and 0.05 microg/ml and 0.25 microg/ml, respectively, in plasma. All components were eluted within 16 min. Intra-day, inter-day, freeze-thaw, and in process stability were tested for both compounds and the coefficient of variation was less than 14% in all cases. This method provides a sensitive and specific assay for the detection of flurbiprofen and 4'-hydoxyflurbiprofen in urine and plasma and is suitable for use in in vivo studies evaluating the regulation of CYP2C9 activity.

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