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Validated LC Method for Determination of Enantiomeric Purity of Apremilast Using Polysaccharide-Type Stationary Phases in Polar Organic Mode

Foroughbakhshfasaei, Mohammadhassan, Szabó, Zoltán-István, Tóth, Gergő
Chromatographia 2018 v.81 no.12 pp. 1613-1621
amylose, enantiomers, guidelines, high performance liquid chromatography, methanol, temperature, thermodynamics
Enantioseparation of an anti-psoriatic agent, apremilast (APR), was performed by HPLC using polysaccharide-type chiral stationary phases in polar organic mode for the first time. The separation capability of six different chiral columns (Chiralpak AD, Chiralpak IA, Chiralpak AS, Lux Amylose-2, Chiralcel OD and Chiralcel OJ-H) was investigated using neat MeOH and ACN. During the preliminary experiments the best results were obtained on Chiralpak IA column with ACN (Rₛ = 5.4). The effects of binary mobile phases on the resolutions and retention factors were also investigated containing different percentages of MeOH:ACN. U-shaped retention pattern was obtained when plotting the retention factors of the APR enantiomers versus the MeOH content of the binary mobile phases on Chiralpak IA column. For further method optimizations an L25 orthogonal array table was employed altering the concentration of MeOH in ACN, column temperature, and flow rate. The best result was achieved on Chiralpak IA column with 80/20 (v/v%) MeOH/ACN with 0.7 mL min⁻¹ flow rate at 25 °C (Rₛ = 5.4, t₂ = 7.45 min). Thermodynamic analysis revealed an enthalpy-driven enantioseparation. The developed HPLC method was validated according to the ICH guideline Q2(R1) and proved to be reliable, linear, precise and accurate for the determination of 0.1% R-enantiomer as chiral impurity in S-APR as well as quantification of the S-enantiomer.