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Structure assisted impurity profiling for rapid method development in liquid chromatography A

Schmidtsdorff, Sebastian, Schmidt, Alexander H., Parr, Maria Kristina
Journal of chromatography 2018 v.1577 pp. 38-46
mechanics, models, pH, pharmaceutical industry, rapid methods, reversed-phase liquid chromatography, screening
The use of trial-and-error principles is a frequently used technique in method development. This may lead to the fact that analytical methods are used routinely without developers and users having gained extensive and well-founded knowledge about the robustness of their analytical methods and the influence of critical key parameters. This very often leads to unnecessary problems for analysts. A simple way in reverse phase chromatography to simulate the effects of pH value changes on the separation and retention of substances is the pH-dependent calculation of the logD value. With this tool, model substances were used to show how the time requirement for method screening can be considerably reduced in silico and, in addition, extended knowledge about the separation mechanics can be generated. Based on this knowledge, a new method for the purity analysis of carbamazepine was developed within a very short period of time, which improves the performance of the official Ph.Eur. monograph by far. Furthermore, the extremely high robustness of the new method was demonstrated. Using the logD based approach, Quality-by-Design is applied in method development and kept pace with the increasing requirements of regulatory authorities in the pharmaceutical industry.