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J Chromatogr. 1992 Jul 24;578(2):251-7.

High-performance liquid chromatographic determination of naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac in plasma and synovial fluid in man.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nottingham, University Park, UK.


High-performance liquid chromatographic assay procedures have been developed for naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac in human plasma and synovial fluid samples. A single liquid-liquid extraction procedure was used to isolate each compound from acidified biological matrix prior to the quantitative analysis. A Spherisorb ODS column (12.5 cm x 4.6 mm I.D.) was used for all the chromatography. Naproxen was eluted with a mobile phase of methanol-Sörensen's buffer at pH 7 (37:63, v/v). Ibuprofen and diclofenac were eluted using mobile phases of methanol-water at pH 3.3 (65:35, v/v and 63:37, v/v, respectively). Diphenylacetic acid was used as the internal standard for the assay of naproxen and flurbiprofen was used in the analysis of ibuprofen and diclofenac. Inter- and intra-day coefficients of variation were less than 7%. The assays were used in clinical studies of the three drugs in osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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