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J Pharm Biomed Anal. 1998 Dec;18(4-5):699-706.

Analytical methods for the quality control of Prozac capsules.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.


Some analytical methods (two spectrophotometric and two chromatographic procedures) for the determination of fluoxetine in Prozac capsules are described. All of them are applied to the samples after extracting the drug with a methanol water mixture. The direct and derivative spectrophotometric methods are simple and reliable; the derivative method gives better recovery and lessens interference. Both methods show linearity in the 5-30 microg ml(-1) range of the fluoxetine concentration range. Both HPLC methods (spectrophotometric and spectrofluorimetric detection) use a tetramethylammonium perchlorate buffer-acetonitrile mixture as the mobile phase and a C8 reversed phase column. The UV detection is performed at 226 nm, while the fluorimetric detection is performed by exciting at 230 nm and revealing the emission at 290 nm. The HPLC method with UV detection is more precise, but the procedure with fluorimetric detection is more sensitive.

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