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International Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 589218, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/589218
Research Article

Spectrophotometric Simultaneous Determination of Salbutamol Sulfate and Ketotifen Fumarate in Combined Tablet Dosage Form by First-Order Derivative Spectroscopy Method

Postgraduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand, Gujarat 388120, India

Received 31 May 2013; Revised 21 June 2013; Accepted 9 July 2013

Academic Editor: Rolf W. Berg

Copyright © 2013 Parth R. Joshi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate are used in combination for the treatment of asthma. The present work deals with method development for simultaneous estimation of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate in two-component tablet formulation by first-order derivative spectroscopy. For determination of sampling wavelength, 10 μg/mL of each of salbutamol and ketotifen was scanned in 200–400 nm ranges and sampling wavelengths were found to be 257 nm for salbutamol and 278 nm for ketotifen in first-order derivative spectroscopy. In this method, linearity was observed in the ranges of 5–45 μg/mL for salbutamol and 5–35 μg/mL for ketotifen. The % recovery was within the range between 98 and 102%, and % relative standard deviation for precision and accuracy of the method was found to be less than 2%. The method is validated as per international conference on harmonization guidelines. The method can be successfully applied for the simultaneous analysis of both drugs in pharmaceutical dosage forms.

1. Introduction

Salbutamol sulfate, chemically known as (rs)-1-(4-hydroxy-3-hydroxymethylphenyl)-2-(tert-butylamino) ethanol sulfate (Figure 1), is beta-adrenoceptor agonist used as an antiasthmatic drug [1]. It is official in Indian pharmacopoeia and British pharmacopoeia. It is estimated by acid-base titration method as per Indian pharmacopoeia and British pharmacopoeia [1, 2]. The literature review reveals that HPLC [35] and UV spectrophotometric methods [68] have been reported for estimation of salbutamol sulfate in pharmaceutical dosage forms.

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Figure 1: Chemical structure of salbutamol sulfate.

Ketotifen fumarate, chemically known as 4-(1-methyl-4-piperidylidene)-4h-benzo [4, 5] cyclohepta [1, 2-b] thiophen-10(9h)-one hydrogen fumarate (Figure 2), is cycloheptathiophene blocker of histamine h-1 receptors used as an antiallergic and an antiasthmatic drug [9]. It is not official in Indian pharmacopoeia, British pharmacopoeia, United States pharmacopoeia, and European pharmacopoeia. The literature review reveals that HPLC [10, 11] and UV spectrophotometric methods [12, 13] have been reported for estimation of ketotifen fumarate in pharmaceutical dosage forms.

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Figure 2: Chemical structure of ketotifen fumarate.

The salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate mixture is not yet official in any pharmacopoeia. As per literature, no analytical method could be traced for the analysis of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate combination in pharmaceutical dosage forms. Therefore, simple, rapid, and reliable method for simultaneous estimation of these drugs in mixture seemed to be necessary.

Spectrophotometric methods of analysis are more economic and simpler, compared to methods such as chromatography and electrophoresis. Under computer-controlled instrumentation, derivative spectrophotometry is playing a very important role in the multicomponent analysis of mixtures by UV molecular absorption spectrophotometry. Binary mixtures can be easily resolved by means of a spectrophotometric method, which is based on the simultaneous use of “zero crossing” method. The aim of this work was to investigate the utility of derivative spectrophotometry and to develop reliable spectrophotometric procedures for the simultaneous determination of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate either in laboratory samples or in commercial dosage forms without any prior separation of individual drugs. The present developed method is simple, rapid, precise, and accurate for simultaneous determination of both drugs in binary mixture as per international conference on harmonization guidelines [14, 15].

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Apparatus and Instrument

A double beam UV-visible spectrophotometer (Shimadzu, model pharm spec 1800) having two matched quartz cells with 1 cm light path and electronic analytical balance (Shimadzu AUX-220), and ultrasonication (Branson) were used. Volumetric flasks and pipettes of borosilicate glasses were used in the study.

2.2. Chemicals and Reagents

Pure drug samples of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate were provided as a gift sample by East West Pharma, Uttarakhand, India. Methanol and all other chemicals were provided by Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat, India.

2.3. Marketed Formulation

The marketed formulation studied was mastifen-s tablet manufactured by East West Pharma. Each tablet contains 1 mg ketotifen and 2 mg salbutamol.

2.4. Selection of Common Solvent

Methanol of analytical reagent grade was selected as a common solvent for developing spectral characteristics of both drugs. The selection was made after assessing the solubility of both drugs in different solvents.

2.5. Preparation of Standard Solutions

Accurately weighed quantity of salbutamol sulfate (10 mg) and ketotifen fumarate (10 mg) was transferred to two separate 10 mL volumetric flasks, dissolved in little amount of methanol and diluted to the mark with methanol (stock solutions: 1000 μg/mL of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate). 100 μg/mL of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate solutions was prepared by diluting 5 mL of stock solution to 50 mL with methanol.

2.6. Spectrophotometric Conditions

(i)Mode: spectrum.(ii) Scan speed: medium.(iii) Bandwidth: 1 nm.(iv) Wavelength range: 400–200 nm.(v) Absorbance scale: 0.00 A–2.00 A.(vi) Initial baseline correction: methanol.

3. First-Order Derivative Spectroscopy Method

Working standard solutions of salbutamol sulfate (100 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (100 μg/mL) were diluted appropriately with methanol to obtain solution containing salbutamol sulfate (10 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (10 μg/mL). Spectra of these diluted solutions were scanned in the spectrum mode between 200 nm and 400 nm using methanol as a blank. The zero-order spectra of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate were transformed to corresponding first derivative spectra in the range of 200–400 nm. The overlay spectra (zero and first order) of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate are shown in Figures 3 and 4.

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Figure 3: Absorption (zero order) UV spectra of salbutamol sulfate (10 μg/mL), ketotifen fumarate (10 μg/mL), and standard mixture (10 μg/mL of ketotifen fumarate + 20 μg/mL of salbutamol sulfate).
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Figure 4: First-order derivative UV spectra of salbutamol sulfate (10 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (10 μg/mL).
3.1. Selection of Wavelengths

A signal at 257 nm of first derivative spectrum was selected for quantification of salbutamol sulfate where no interference due to ketotifen fumarate was observed; similarly, a signal at 278 nm was selected for quantification of ketotifen fumarate, where salbutamol sulfate did not interfere with the estimation of ketotifen fumarate.

3.2. Calibration Curves for Salbutamol Sulfate and Ketotifen Fumarate

The standard solutions of salbutamol sulfate (100 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (100 μg/mL) were used to prepare two different sets of working standard solutions of salbutamol sulfate (5–45 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (5–35 μg/mL). For this, aliquots of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 mL of working standard solutions of salbutamol sulfate and aliquots of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 mL of working standard solutions of ketotifen fumarate were transferred separately to a series of 10 mL volumetric flasks and diluted to mark with methanol, and the absorbance was measured at 257 nm for salbutamol sulfate and 278 nm for ketotifen fumarate, respectively. The values of first derivative absorbance were plotted against corresponding concentrations to construct the calibration curves. First derivative spectra of working standard dilutions and calibration curves are shown in Figures 5, 6, 7, and 8.

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Figure 5: First-order derivative linearity spectra of salbutamol sulfate (5–45 μg/mL).
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Figure 6: Calibration curve of salbutamol sulfate (5–45 μg/mL).
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Figure 7: First order derivative linearity spectra of ketotifen fumarate (5–35 μg/mL).
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Figure 8: Calibration curve of ketotifen fumarate (5–35 μg/mL).
3.3. Analysis of Tablet Formulation

Marketed tablet formulations containing salbutamol sulfate (2 mg) and ketotifen fumarate (1 mg) were analyzed using this method. From the triturate of 20 tablets, an amount equivalent to 2 mg of salbutamol sulfate and 1 mg of ketotifen fumarate was weighed and dissolved in 10 mL of methanol in 100 mL volumetric flask by sonication for 10 min. Then, final volume of the solution was made up to 100 mL with methanol to get a solution containing 20 μg/mL of salbutamol sulfate and 10 μg/mL of ketotifen fumarate. The solution was filtered through Whatman filter paper no. 41, and the absorbance values were measured at 257 nm and 278 nm for salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate, respectively. The concentration of each analyte was determined with the equations generated from calibration curve of respective drugs. The first derivative spectrum of marketed formulation and standard mixture are shown in Figure 9. The analysis was repeated three times.

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Figure 9: First-order overlay spectra of standard mixture (10 μg/mL ketotifen fumarate + 20 μg/mL salbutamol sulfate) and marketed formulation.

4. Results and Discussion

4.1. Selectivity

The UV spectra of standard mixture (salbutamol sulfate (20 μg/mL) + ketotifen fumarate (10 μg/mL)) and sample solutions (tablet) were recorded between 200 and 400 nm and their absorbance measured. The selectivity of the method was assessed by comparing spectra obtained from formulation solutions with that obtained from standard drug solution. The UV absorption spectra obtained from standard and sample solutions were found to be identical, confirming the selectivity of the method. The overlain UV absorption spectra of the drugs from marketed formulation (tablet) with the standard mixture are shown in Figure 9.

4.2. Linearity

Linear correlation was obtained between absorbance versus concentrations of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate in the concentration ranges of 5–45 μg/mL and 5–35 μg/mL for both drugs, respectively. Regression parameters are mentioned in Table 4. The linearity spectra and calibration curves of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate at 257 nm and 278 nm for first derivative spectroscopy are shown in Figures 5, 6, 7, and 8, respectively.

4.3. Accuracy

Recovery studies were performed by standard addition method at three levels, that is, 80%, 100%, and 120%. Known amounts of pure salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate were added to preanalyzed sample of marketed formulation, and they were subjected to analysis by the proposed method. The recovery was verified by estimation of drug in triplicate preparations at each specified concentration level and calculated %RSD. The mean recoveries were 98.82%–101.19% and 98.34%–100.81% salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate, respectively. The low value of standard deviation indicates that the proposed method is accurate. Results of recovery studies are shown in Table 1.

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Table 1: Recovery data for the proposed method.
4.4. Precision
4.4.1. Repeatability

The precision of the instrument was checked by repeated scanning and measurement of the absorbance of solutions ( ) of salbutamol sulfate (10 μg/mL) and ketotifen fumarate (10 μg/mL) without changing the parameters of the proposed method. The %RSD values for salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate were found to be 1.30% and 0.23%, respectively, at 257 nm and 278 nm (Table 2). Low relative standard deviation (<1) indicates that the proposed method is repeatable.

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Table 2: Repeatability data for proposed method.
4.4.2. Intermediate Precision (Reproducibility)

Precision of both methods was determined in terms of intraday and interday variations (%RSD). Intra-day precision (%RSD) was assessed by analyzing standard drug solutions within the calibration range, three times on the same day. Inter-day precision (%RSD) was assessed by analyzing drug solutions within the calibration range on three different days. The intra-day and inter-day precisions were determined, and results of which are given in Table 3.

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Table 3: Intraday and interday precision data of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate for proposed method.
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Table 4: Regression analysis data and summary of validation parameters for proposed methods.
4.5. LOD and LOQ

LOD and LOQ of the drug were calculated as per ich guideline. LOD values for salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate were found to be 0.55 μg/mL and 0.061 μg/mL, and LOQ values for SAL and KTF were found to be 1.66 μg/mL and 0.18 μg/mL (Table 4). These data show that the proposed method is sensitive for the determination of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate.

4.6. Analysis of Salbutamol Sulfate and Ketotifen Fumarate in Marketed Formulation

Content of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate found in the marketed method from the proposed method is shown in Table 5. The % purity was 99.75% for salbutamol sulfate and 101.90% for ketotifen fumarate.

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Table 5: Assay result of marketed formulation.

5. Conclusion

In this proposed methods, the linearity was observed in the concentration ranges of 5–45 μg/mL and 5–35 μg/mL with coefficients of correlation and for salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate at 257 nm and 278 nm, respectively. The result of the analysis of combined mixture by the proposed method was found to be highly reproducible and reliable. The additive present in the combined mixture of the assayed samples did not interfere with determination of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate. So, the developed first the derivative UV spectroscopy method is simple, precise, accurate, and reproducible and can be used for simultaneous determination of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate in pharmaceutical dosage forms. The method was validated as per international conference on harmonization guidelines.

Acknowledgments

The authors are thankful to East West Pharma, Uttarakhand, India for providing gratis sample of salbutamol sulfate and ketotifen fumarate as well as to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat, India, for providing facilities to complete this work successfully.

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