HPLC Analysis of nine corticosteroids in “natural creams” for atopic eczema

Ameti, Agim and Poposka, Zaklina and Memeti, Shaban and Shishovska, Maja and Mustafa, Zana and Starkoska, Katerina and Arsova-Sarafinovska, Zorica (2013) HPLC Analysis of nine corticosteroids in “natural creams” for atopic eczema. In: 5th BBBB International Conference, 26-28 Sept 2013, Athens, Greece.


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Purpose: The aim of the study was to determine whether “natural creams” sold for treatment of childhood atopic eczema illegally contain corticosteroids with a newly developed rapid and simple HPLC analysis with UV detection. Material and Methods: HPLC analysis was performed using a Schimadzu LC-2010 chromatographic system (Schimadzu, Kyoto, Japan) consisting of a LC-20AT Prominence liquid chromatography pump with DGU-20A5 Prominence degasser, a SPD-M20A Prominence Diode Array Detector, and a SIL-20 AC Prominence auto sampler. Data analyses were done using Class VP 7.3 Software. The elution was carried out on a column Purospher STAR® RP 18e (250 x 4.6 mm i.d., particle size 5m), with a mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile and water in a gradient mode, at a flow rate of 1.0 mL min-1, at controlled column temperature (25oC). Detection of nine different corticosteroids (dexamethasone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, fluocortolone, hydrocortisone, mometasone, betamethasone, beclomethasone, and diflucortolone) was carried out with DAD detector at a wavelength of 240 nm. The injection volume was 10 μl. The samples were five different creams sold for the treatment of childhood atopic eczema (marketed as steroid free) and were submitted by the state regulatory authority, Bureau of the medicines. Results: The method was fully validated according to the ICH (International Conference on Harmonization) guidelines by the determination of linearity, precision, and accuracy, limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ). Selectivity of the method was proved with the chromatographic peak resolution obtained between each of the nine different corticosteroids and the characteristic UV spectra. Linearity of the method was tested in the range of 0.4 – 8 μg mL-1 for all substances analyzed. Experimental data showed high level of linearity for all corticosteroids (R2 = 0.9981 for diflucortolone, R2 = 0.9985 for methylprednisolone, R2 = 0.9992 for betametason, R2 = 1.0 for dexamethasone, prednisolone, fluocortolone, hydrocortisone, mometason, and beclomethasone). The high sensitivity of the method was demonstrated by the values obtained for the limit of detection for the corticosteroids tested. The accuracy of the method was demonstrated by the values obtained from the recovery experiments (ranging from 98.67%, for diflucortolone to 101.33% for beclomethasone). The method was successfully applied to the analysis of real samples of creams sold as steroid free. The analyses revealed that two of the samples contained corticosteroids. Conclusions: The proposed HPLC method allows a simple, accurate, and rapid identification of corticosteroids in creams used for the treatment of atopic eczema.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: Natural sciences > Chemical sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Zorica Arsova Sarafinovska
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2015 13:52
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/13271

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