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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2175-9790

Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. vol.54 no.3 São Paulo  2018  Epub Nov 29, 2018

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s2175-97902018000317223 

Article

Forced degradation of gliquidone and development of validated stability-indicating HPLC and TLC methods

Mohamed Refaat El-ghobashy1 

Ali Mohamed Yehia1 

Aya Helmy Helmy2  * 

Nadia Fayek Youssef2 

1 Analytical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

2 Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, National Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR), Giza, Egypt


ABSTRACT

Forced degradation studies of gliquidone were conducted under different stress conditions. Three degradates were observed upon using HPLC and TLC and elucidated by LC-MS and IR. HPLC method was performed on C18 column using methanol-water (85:15 v/v) pH 3.5 as a mobile phase with isocratic mode at 1 mL.min-1 and detection at 225 nm. HPLC analysis was applied in range of 0.5-20 µg.mL-1 (r =1) with limit of detection (LOD) 0.177 µg.mL-1. TLC method was based on the separation of gliquidone from degradation products on silica gel TLC F254 plates using chloroform-cyclohexane-glacial acetic acid (6:3:1v/v) as a developing system with relative retardation 1.15±0.01. Densitometric measurements were achieved in range of 2 -20 µg /band at 254 nm (r = 0.9999) with LOD of 0.26 µg /band. Least squares regression analysis was applied to provide mathematical estimates of the degree of linearity. The analysis revealed a linear calibration for HPLC where a binomial relationship for TLC. Stability testing and methods validation have been evaluated according to International Conference on Harmonization guidelines. Moreover, the proposed methods were applied for the analysis of tablets and the results obtained were statistically compared with those of pharmacopeial method revealing no significant difference about accuracy and precision.

Keywords: Gliquidone/forced degradation/stability-indicating; HPLC/method validation; TLC/method validation.

Introduction

Gliquidone is 1, 1-cyclohexyl-3-{4-[2-(3, 4-dihydro-7-methoxyy-4, 4-dimethyl-1, 3- dioxo-2 (1H) - isoquinolyl) ethyl benzene sulphonyl]} urea. It is a sulfonylurea derivative used as oral anti-diabetic drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The drug is given as a supplemental therapy followed by diet modification and improves the glycemic control as well as reducing the blood sugar level (Brayfield, 2014). Gliquidone is official in BP(Brithish Pharmacopeia, 2016). Literature survey revealed that quantitation of gliquidone has been achieved by UV spectrophotometry (Arayne, Sultana, Mirza, 2006), LC-MS (Maurer et al., 2002) and HPLC in dosage form and biological fluids (Arayne et al., 2010a; Arayne et al., 2010b; Guo et al., 1992; Sridevi, Diwan, 2000). Recently, spectrofluoremetric normal and derivative synchronous methods have been published for the determination of gliquidone in drug substance and drug products (El-Ghobashy et al., 2018). To date, no stability -indicating method has been described in the literature and no previous studies focused on gliquidone degradation have been performed. As per regulatory requirements for registration of new drugs, stress degradation should be applied. Therefore, forced degradation studies involving gliquidone will increase the chemical information about the degradation products of active pharmaceutical ingredients in both pure and pharmaceutical forms (Görög, 2000) offering a scientific impact for the present novel work. In addition, the stress testing to identify the degradation of the molecule can be further used to develop stability-indicating methods of analysis (FDA, 2000). A stability-indicating method accurately measures the changes in active ingredient concentration without interference from other degradation products, impurities and excipients (ICH, 2003a).

The goals of the present study are: i) to perform a forced degradation study of gliquidone according to the ICH guidelines; ii) to elucidate the chemical structure of the degradation products; iii) to develop and validate HPLC and TLC methods able to quantify the drug even in the presence of the its degradation products.

Experimental

Material and chemicals

Drug substance, gliquidone working standard (99.36%) was kindly supplied by Mina Pharm Company, Cairo, Egypt. Drug product, Glorenor® tablets, batch No. EIE2313 Mina pharm under license of Menarini -Italy labeled to contain 30 mg gliquidone per each tablet and was purchased from commercial sources in the local market. HPLC grade methanol (Macron Poland), ethanol (Sigma Aldrich, USA), water-in house was bi-distilled. Chloroform (Sigma Aldrich), cyclohexane (S.D. fine-chem limited, Mumbai, India), glacial acetic acid (Piochem Egypt). Sodium hydroxide extra pure 98 % (Lobachem Mumbai, India), hydrochloric acid 37% (Honeywell) and hydrogen peroxide 30% (Panreac) were analytical grade.

b. Instrumentation and chromatographic conditions

For HPLC: an HPLC system (Agilent Technology 1260 series, USA) equipped with G1314F UV detector, G1311C quaternary pump, G1316A column oven, Agilent 1260 series vacuum degasser, and 20 microliter loop manual injector was used. HPLC separation and analysis were performed on C18, 250 mm × 4.6 mm, 10 µm, column (Phenomenex®, USA). The mobile phase consisted of methanol and water pH 3.5 adjusted with ortho-phosphoric acid (85:15 v/v) using a pH meter (Jenway 3510, England). An isocratic elution with a flow rate of 1 mL.min-1 was kept throughout the analysis and the detection was achieved at 225 nm. The column was conditioned for ≥30min at ambient temperature (25 ± 2 °C). Data were recorded and analyzed by Chemstation® software (Agilent, USA). A mixture of methanol-water in the ratio of (85: 15 v/v) was used as a diluent for the working solutions. All solutions were filtered through 0.45 mm nylon membrane filter before HPLC injections.

For TLC- densitometry: CAMAG scanner 3 plus and CAMAG TLC sampler linomat IV (CAMAG, Multenz, Switzerland) supplied with a 100 µL syringe for TLC- densitometric determinations. The following parameters were taken into consideration; slit dimension: 6×0.3 mm; scanning speed: 20mm/s; data resolution: 100 µm/step; bandwidth: 6 mm. Results output: chromatograms and integrated peak areas of WINCATS software. TLC aluminum plates (20×10) were coated with 0.25 mm silica gel 60 F254 (Merck, Germany) and chloroform - cyclohexane -glacial acetic acid (6:3:1v/v) was used as a developing system.

For LC- MS: an Agilent technology 6420 triple Quad LC/MS consisting of a G1311A gradient quaternary pump, G1329A auto injector, and the G6420A MS detector was employed. HPLC separation was performed on C18, 60×4.6 mm, 5 μm, column (BD, USA). The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of acetonitrile and acidified water (0.075% formic acid) at a flow rate 0.7 mL.min-1 (Table I). Nitrogen and gas temperature of 270 °C with a flow of 10 liter/min and nebulizer of 50 pounds per square inch (psi) were used. The ionization mode was ESI and the data were analyzed by Mass Hunter® software.

TABLE I: Gradient elution of LC-MS mobile phase 

Time (min) Mobile phase composition (%)
Acetonitrile Acidified water
2.57 13 87
2.66 35 65
7.71 35 65
7.80 50 50
16.29 50 50
16.36 75 25

For IR spectroscopy: NICOLET 6700, FT - IR Thermo SCIENTIFIC - CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT (USA) using KBr disc, Mini - Pellet Press and OMNIC software for data output.

Preparation of degradation product and stock standard solutions

Acid hydrolytic degradation

Gliquidone (50 mg) was refluxed for 9 hours with different concentrations of 50 mL ethanolic hydrochloric acid (1M; 2M; 3M; 4M) and the same concentration was left in 0.1-3 M ethanolic hydrochloric acid at room temperature for 3 days. After this period, each solution was neutralized, filtered, evaporated using a water bath, and had the volume reconstituted with methanol to produce concentration equivalent to 1 mg.mL-1.

Base hydrolytic degradation

Gliquidone (50 mg) was refluxed for 9 hours with distinct concentrations of 50 mL ethanolic sodium hydroxide (1 M; 2 M; 3 M; 4 M) and the same concentration was left in 0.1-3 M ethanolic sodium hydroxide at room temperature for 3 days. After this period, each solution was neutralized, filtered, evaporated using a water bath, and had the volume reconstituted with methanol to produce concentration equivalent to 1 mg.mL-1.

Neutral hydrolytic degradation

50 mg of gliquidone was refluxed with 50 mL of bi-distilled water for 5 hours and filtered, evaporated using water bath and completed to volume with methanol (1 mg.mL-1).

Oxidative degradation

50 mg of gliquidone was refluxed with 50 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide for 5 hours, filtered, evaporated using a water bath and completed to volume with methanol (1 mg.mL-1).

Thermal degradation

100 mg of gliquidone in solid state was spread to 1 mm thickness in a Petridish and kept in the oven (Memmert UM-400, Germany) at 40 °C and 80 °C for 4 hours. 10 mg of each sample was taken into 10-mL volumetric flask, dissolved and diluted with methanol.

Stress degradation studies

From hydrolytic, oxidative and thermal degradation solutions (1 mg.mL-1), different aliquots were transferred into 10-mL volumetric flasks and diluted to the mark with methanol for the primary trials. Samples were analyzed by HPLC and TLC in order to evaluate the stability of intact drug towards these stress conditions. The basic hydrolytic degradation was analyzed by LC-MS. Moreover degradation solution was applied in bands on silica gel glass plates and developed in chloroform -cyclohexane - glacial acetic acid (6:3:1 v/v). Each of the isolated bands was extracted from silica with methanol, air dried and IR spectra were scanned. All collected samples were kept in refrigerator at 5 °C ± 2.

Standard stock solutions

For HPLC, Gliquidone 0.2 mg.mL-1 was prepared in methanol; further dilution with the diluent to obtain a solution of 20 µg.mL-1. For TLC, Gliquidone 1 mg.mL-1 was prepared in methanol.

Laboratory prepared mixtures solutions containing different ratios of gliquidone and its alkaline degradation products were prepared to contain 10- 80% w/w of alkaline degradation for HPLC and TLC.

Preparation of calibration curves

HPLC method

Aliquots of standard solution 20 µg.mL-1 equivalent to 5-200 µg of gliquidone were transferred into a series of 10-mL volumetric flasks, and the volume was completed with the diluent. Triplicate injections of each dilution were eluted at flow rate 1mL.min-1 on a C18 column using methanol - water at pH 3.5 adjusted with ortho-phosphoric acid (85/15 v/v) as the mobile phase. The integrated peak areas were recorded at 225 nm under the specified chromatographic conditions. Calibration curve was prepared by plotting peak areas versus the concentration 0.5- 20 μg.mL-1 and the regression equation was computed.

TLC-densitometric method

Aliquots of standard solution 1 mg.mL-1 equivalent to 2 to 20µg/band were spotted on precoated TLC plates using CAMAG linomat IV applicator under a nitrogen stream. The procedure was carried out as under “Instrumentation and chromatographic conditions” and plates were developed for up to 8 cm at room temperature in a chromatographic chamber previously saturated for 30-45 minutes. The plates were air dried and densitometric measurements were performed at 254nm in absorbance mode with the CAMAG TLC scanner 3 as under the specified instrumental conditions. The calibration curve was prepared by plotting the peak areas versus the concentration 2-20 µg/band and regression equation was computed.

Assay of Glorenor ® tablets

Using HPLC method

Twenty tablets were accurately weighed, crushed to a fine powder. An accurately weighed portion equivalent to 60 mg of gliquidone was transferred to 250-mL beaker, extracted with 40 mL methanol by shaking for 30 min using an ultrasonic bath (sonamac), filtered into 100-mL volumetric flask and diluted to volume with the same solvent. Further dilution with the HPLC diluent to obtain an 18 µg.mL-1 solution. The procedure detailed under “preparation of calibration curve “was followed and gliquidone concentration was calculated using the corresponding regression equation.

Using TLC-densitometric method

Aliquots of the same tablets solution (60 mg.100 mL-1) covering the working concentration range were spotted and the procedure under “preparation of calibration curve” was performed and gliquidone concentration was calculated using the corresponding regression equation.

Results and discussion

Results of forced degradation studies

The results of stability study were confirmed by HPLC, TLC and three degradates were observed and elucidated by LC-MS analysis and IR-spectroscopy. Gliquidone was found to be stable under thermal conditions at 40 °C and 80 °C for 4 hours (data not show). Partial degradation was observed under neutral hydrolytic and oxidative (30% H2O2) conditions for 5 hours (Figure 1a-b). Significant degradation was observed in 0.1 M-3 M ethanolic HCl or ethanolic NaOH at room temperature for 3 days or refluxing for 7 hours (data not show). A complete degradation of gliquidone was produced only upon using 4 M ethanolic HCl and 4 M ethanolic NaOH under reflux for 9 hours and the same peaks were observed in both conditions as shown in Figure 1c, d. The solutions were subjected to HPLC and TLC analysis to establish the number of products formed. The chromatographic profiles of the degradation products formed under 4 M ethanolic HCl and 4 M ethanolic NaOH conditions are presented in Figure 1c-d, respectively. In both conditions peaks with same retention time were obtained.

FIGURE 1: Original chromatograms of a) neutral hydrolytic degradation, b) oxidative degradation, c) acid hydrolytic degradation, d) base hydrolytic degradation and e) intact gliquidone (G) (20 µg.mL-1) with retention time 5.8 minutes. 

Elucidation of the degradation products

LC/MS analysis: solution of base degradation was subjected to LC-MS analysis and mainly 3 degradation products were detected. Suggested chemical formula and m/z were C8H12N2O2S (200.26) degradate I, C41H40N4O9S (764.84) degradate II and C20H25N3O4S (403.49) degradate III. Gliquidone and suggested degradates structures were shown in Figure 2a, b, c and d.

IR spectra (Cross, 1964): IR spectrum of degradate I Figure 2b, C=O amide stretching; cyclohexyl groups; gem-dimethyl groups and CH-stretching at 2857 cm-1 of - O -CH3 were absent ,but 3467 (NH stretching), 1648 (NH bend), 1560 (NH bend, indicate - SO2NH) and 11332,1165 (S=O stretch) were present. The main groups of gliquidone IR spectrum Figure 2a, were observed in degradate II and suggested to form a more conjugated molecule Figure 2c. The presence of NH- stretching at 3502 cm-1; NH-amide at 1649 cm-1; C=O at 1713, 1676 cm-1; NH-bend at 1558 cm-1 indicate - SO2NH- sulfonamide group; S=O stretching at 1338 cm-1; and cyclohexyl groups of 2930, 1456, 1260 cm-1 were an indication of degradate III Figure 2d.

FIGURE 2: LC-MS, suggested structures and IR spectra of a) gliquidone, b) degradate I, c) degradate II and d) degradate III. 

Methods development

HPLC method

Stability-indicating HPLC method has been, optimized, developed, and validated for the separation and determination of gliquidone in presence of degradation products Figure 1(a-e). The three components of HPLC method: column type, mobile phase composition and aqueous phase pH were studied and asymmetry was a function of judgment. The optimum ratio of mobile phase composition was found to be methanol - water (85:15 v/v). Water with pH value 3.5 offered a good symmetry, this pH is about 1 pH unit below pKa of the acidic drug (4.3) hence the uncharged form is obviously predominant and high retention on C18 stationary phase is observed. Working at a more acidic pH has an unfavorable effect on column lifetime; therefore pH 3.5 was optimized for peak symmetry and column capacity of gliquidone. Moreover, C18 column phenomenex® 10µm 250×4.6mm improves the peak shapes and resolution of gliquidone and its degradation products Figure 1(a-e). The gliquidone (Rt = 5.9±0.03 min) and the degradation products (I: Rt = 2.26 min; II: Rt = 2.58 min; III = 2.91 min) were detected at the maximum wavelength of absorption (225 nm). Final conditions: 20 microliter injection volume, 1 mL.min-1 flow rate, 25 °C temperature, phenomenex® C18 (250 mm×4.6 mm I.d., 10µ particle diameters) and methanol- water pH 3.5 (85/15 v/v) were found to be ideal for HPLC performance.

TLC method

TLC-densitometric method was developed for the resolution of gliquidone from its degradation products on TLC aluminum plates, coated with silica gel 60 F254 as a stationary phase Figure 3b. The best developing system was found to be chloroform, cyclohexane and glacial acetic acid in the ratio of (6:3:1v/v) showing Rf values 0.60±0.01 for gliquidone, and 0.01±0.01, 0.24±0.01, 0.52±0.01 for the degradation products I, II, III respectively Figure 3a and the calculated relative retardation factor (Rret) was found to equal 1.15±0.01, revealing a good separation of the drug from its degradation products. Different scanning wavelengths were tested (225,254 and 312) to obtain good sensitivity with minimum noise. The slit dimensions of the scanning light beam should ensure complete coverage of band dimensions without interference of the adjacent band and 6×0.3 mm was proved to be the slit dimension of choice that provided highest sensitivity and scanning at wavelength 254 nm. Gliquidone was successfully resolved from its degradation products upon using the mentioned conditions.

FIGURE 3: a) 2D TLC-densitogram of separated peaks of gliquidone (Rf 0.60±0.01) and the 3 degradation products (Rf degradate. I 0.01±0.01, degradate. II 0.24±0.01, degradate. III 0.0.52±0.01) and b) 3D TLC densitogram of gliquidone Rf (0.6±0.01) in the concentration range (2-20 µg/band), and a mixture of gliquidone and the 3 degradation products using (chloroform-cyclohexane-glacial acetic acid) (6:3:1v/v) as a developing system at 254 nm. 

Method validation

The suggested HPLC and TLC methods were validated according to ICH guidelines (ICH, 2003b) for specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision and robustness to demonstrate that the developed procedures are sensitive, selective, accurate, precise and suitable for their intended use and to be used for QC analysis of gliquidone in drug substance and pharmaceutical product.

Specificity

Specificity could be demonstrated by the resolution of gliquidone and its degradation products as shown in representative HPLC Figure 1a-e and TLC Figure 3a-b Chromatograms. The presented HPLC and TLC methods were specific for identification and quantification of gliquidone in tablets without interference of excipients namely lactose, starch, pregelatinized starch and magnesium stearate (Torrinomedica, 2015).

Linearity/range

Linearity was established by analysis of samples in concentration range 0.5-20 µg.mL-1 by HPLC and 2 - 20 µg/band by TLC. For HPLC method, the linear relationship in the concentration range was evaluated by calculation of the regression line by the method of least squares Figure 4a. However, for TLC method, regression data were statistically analyzed and found to be binomial regression to provide mathematical estimates of the degree of linearity Figure 4b. Correlation coefficient, y intercept, slope of the regression line and the residual sum of squares were listed in Table II.

FIGURE 4: a) HPLC linear relationship between peak areas and gliquidone (1-20 µg.mL-1) and b) binomial relationship between peak areas and gliquidone (2-20 µg/band). 

Accuracy

Drug substance was analyzed using 3 concentrations of 9 determinations (2, 10, 18 µg.mL-1) for HPLC and (4, 10, 16 µg/band) for TLC methods Table II. The drug product was assayed by HPLC and TLC methods and standard added technique was applied to demonstrate the accuracy of the methods. The results were expressed as percent recovery ±%RSD. The calculated student’s t-test and the variance ratio F- test revealed no significant difference between the performance of both HPLC and TLC and the official method for tablets regarding accuracy and precision and the results were abridged in Table III (Agarwal, 2013).

TABLE II: Performance data and validation parameters developed for HPLC and TLC methods 

Characteristic parameter HPLC TLC
Range 0.5-20 µg.mL-1 2-20µg/band
Slope 81.708 543.58 for x 11.392 for x2
SD of slope 0.176 ------
Intercept -0.143 4742.3
SD of intercept 2.018 ------
Correlation coefficient (r) 1 0.9999
LOD 0.177µg.mL-1 0.261µg/band
LOQ 0.537µg.mL-1 0.791µg/band
Residual sum of squares 117.485 ------
Accuracy (%recovery ± %RSD)
Drug substance 99.305±0.997 99.991±1.055
Drug product 103.304±0.514 102.799±0.579
Precision (%RSD)
Intra-day 0.867 1.158
Inter-day 1.812 1.444
Precision of instruments 0.536 0.477

TABLE III: Determination of gliquidone in pharmaceutical formulation by the proposed HPLC and TLC, application of the standard added technique and statistical comparison 

Item Taken µg.mL-1 Found µg.mL-1 %Recovery %Comparison method (Brithish Pharmacopeia, 2016)
HPLC method 1.8 5.4 10.8 18 1.869 5.540 11.147 18.636 103.85 102.61 103.21 103.53 103.20 103.18 102.85 103.48
Mean x̅ ± SD 103.30 ± 0.530 103.180 ± 0.256
SE 0.265 0.128
t-test 0.408 (2.45)
F-test 4.32 (9.28)
Standard added to 5.4 µg.mL-1 2.7 5.4 10.8 2.660 5.319 10.657 98.54 98.49 98.68
TLC method 3.6 3.705 102.92
6 6.114 101.89
8.4 8.673 103.25
12 12.404 103.36
18 18.460 102.56
Mean x̅ ± SD 102.80 ± 0.595
SE 0.266
t-test 1.287 (2.36)
F-test 5.446 (9.12)
Standard added to 6 µg/band 3 2.943 98.131
6 5.945 99.081
12 11.900 99.172

Notes: Figures between parenthesis are the tabulated t and F- values (at degree of freedom=4 for comparison method, =4 for HPLC and =5 for TLC methods) at p=0.05 (B.L.Agarwal, 2013).

Precision

The intra-day variability was assessed considering three concentration levels prepared in triplicate: 6, 10, and 14 µg.mL-1 and 8, 10, and 12 µg/band for the HPLC and TLC methods, respectively. Intermediate precision was determined by analyzing the same concentrations n=9 for HPLC and for TLC on three successive days to estimate inter-day variation. Precision results were expressed for each type as %RSD as shown in Table II. The precision of instruments was checked by repeated measurement of the concentration (10 µg.mL-1) for HPLC and (10 µg/band) for TLC for 6 times. %RSD for measured peak areas by both HPLC and TLC procedures was found to be 0.536 and 0.477, respectively. These values are bellow of that considered adequate (1%) to ensure proper functioning of HPLC and TLC systems.

LOD and LOQ

LOD and LOQ were calculated for both HPLC and TLC procedures by the method based on the standard deviation σ of the response and the slope S of the calibration curve using the following formula: LOD = 3.3 σ/S and LOQ=10 σ/S and results are given in Table II.

Robustness

The robustness of analytical HPLC and TLC procedures is a measure of its capacity to remain unaffected by small but deliberate variation. For HPLC method the following parameters were tested: pH of mobile phase ±0.1; mobile phase composition ±1 %, different C18 columns (suppliers), column temperature 25±2 ̊C, flow rate ±0.05 and wavelength ±1. For TLC method: different plates (lots), developing system composition ±1 % and scanning wavelength ±2. Negligible difference was found in %RSD of response (0.56-1.65 for HPLC, 0.15-0.58 for TLC). Moreover, robustness of the proposed methods was concerned with the stability of solutions for 2 weeks and extraction time 10 - 30 min.

System suitability testing

System suitability parameters were evaluated. ICH states that system suitability testing is an integral part of the chromatographic procedures.Capacity factor (k̀), asymmetry factor, resolution (Rs), selectivity (α) and number of theoretical plates (N) were calculated for HPLC (United States Pharmacopeia, 2016) and TLC (Variyar, Chattyie, Sharma, 2011) methods and the results are given in Table IV.

TABLE IV: System suitability parameters of HPLC and TLC methods developed for the determination of gliquidone 

Parameter HPLC TLC Reference value
Capacity factor (K̀) 1.8 0.613 1-10 for HPLC
0-10 for TLC
Resolution (Rs) 4.423 1.344 Rs > 1
Selectivity (α) 1.35 1.281 >1
Symmetry factor 0.99 1 ~1
Height HETP(cm/plate ) 0.007 0.004 The smaller the value the higher the efficiency
Number of theoretical plates 3445.7 1128.96 Increase with efficiency of separation
Retardation factor ± SD 5.9±0.031 0.60±0.01

Conclusion

Stability studies of gliquidone revealed its stability in thermal conditions and partially degraded under acid and base hydrolysis on cold, neutral hydrolysis and oxidation conditions. The drug was completely degraded in acid and base hydrolytic conditions when refluxed for 9 hours. Results of HPLC and TLC showed the formation of mainly 3 detectable degradation products in acid and base media. The induced degradates were confirmed by LC - MS analysis and IR spectroscopy. Hence chromatographic techniques introduce a high separation power in pharmaceutical field so; HPLC and TLC have been developed for the separation of gliquidone and its degradation products. The cited methods were applicable for assay and purity testing of gliquidone in drug substance and drug product without interference of tablet excipients. The results obtained indicate that the introduced HPLC and TLC methods represent the sensitive, accurate, precise and rapid stability-indicating assays for gliquidone. Moreover, can be classified among the highly selective procedures and contribute to QC routine analysis.

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Received: December 01, 2016; Accepted: November 07, 2017

*Correspondence: A. H. Helmy. Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, National Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR), 6 Abo-Hazem Street, Haram, Giza, Egypt. aya_helmy26@yahoo.com

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