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J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2008 Nov 4;48(3):934-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2008.08.001. Epub 2008 Aug 13.

An improved LC-ESI-MS-MS method for simultaneous quantitation of rosiglitazone and N-desmethyl rosiglitazone in human plasma.

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Akros Pharma Inc., Clinical Pharmacology, 302 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA.


A fast, sensitive, and selective method for the simultaneous quantitation of rosiglitazone and N-desmethyl rosiglitazone in human plasma, using rosiglitazone-d(4) and N-desmethyl rosiglitazone-d(4) as the respective internal standards, has been developed and validated. The analytes in human plasma (50 microL sample aliquot) were isolated through supported liquid/liquid extraction (SLE) and separated by isocratic HPLC over a 3-min period. The precursor and product ions were detected by ESI-MS-MS with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. For both rosiglitazone and N-desmethyl rosiglitazone, the lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) was 1.00 ng/mL, and the quantitation range was 1.00-500 ng/mL (with an average correlation coefficient >0.9990). The intra-assay and inter-assay precision had a maximum %CV of 9.37%, and the accuracy had a maximum %difference from theoretical of 12.7%. This method was applied to a clinical study where 16 healthy volunteers were administered a single dose of 4.0mg rosiglitazone. The pharmacokinetic parameters of rosiglitazone and N-desmethyl rosiglitazone were consistent with the results reported in the literature.

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