Improved high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tiotixene in human serum
Dilger, C.; Salama, Z.; Jaeger, H.
Arzneimittel-Forschung 38(10): 1522-1525
The problem of accurate determination of tiotixene in body fluids is still challenging. Several methods have been published but most of them require a tedious, time-consuming sample preparation, are not specific enough and lack the necessary sensitivity or require highly sophisticated analytical devices. As carefully validated analytical methods represent the basis of conclusive clinical trials (e.g. evaluating bioavailability/bioequivalence), an assay was developed to fulfill these needs. The method present employs an HPLC system combined with a UV-detector and uses perazine as an internal standard. The achieved lower limit of detection in serum was 0.05 ng/ml and the calibration curves were linear in the range of 0.5-20 and 0.1-2.0 ng/ml, respectively. The chromatographic peaks were well resolved and the cis-/transisomers well separated. The imprecision and inaccuracy data typically ranged from 2 to 7%; the recovery from serum was always better than 80%. The assay has been successfully used for the determination of very low tiotixene serum levels during several clinical studies.