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J Pharm Biomed Anal. 1991;9(2):141-9.

Measurement of the class III antidysrhythmic drug, UK-68,798, in plasma by radioimmunoassay.

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Department of Drug Metabolism, Pfizer Central Research, Kent, UK.


A sensitive radioimmunoassay (RIA) for the specific determination of 1-(4-methanesulphonamidophenoxy)-2-[N-(4-methanesulphonamido -phenethyl)-N- methylamino]ethane (UK-68,798), a novel class III antidysrhythmic agent, in human plasma is described. Specific antisera were raised in sheep using desmesyl-UK-68,798-succinate-ovalbumin conjugate as the antigenic hapten carrier protein. The antisera produced exhibited high specificity for UK-68,798 compared with known metabolites from animals, other antidysrhythmic agents and co-administered drugs. Good correlation was found in a comparison of the RIA method with a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method (r = 0.997) and a 10-fold lower limit of determination was observed for the RIA method compared with the HPLC method (0.05 and 0.5 ng ml-1, respectively). The RIA method was applied to the analysis of UK-68,798 in plasma obtained from human volunteers receiving the compound.

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