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ISRN Analytical Chemistry

Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 132020, 5 pages

Research Article

Analytical Method Development and Validation of Solifenacin in Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms by RP-HPLC

1Vignan Pharmacy College, Vadlamudi, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522213, India

2Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh 515002, India

3Vaagdevi College of Pharmacy, Gurazala, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522415, India

Received 4 January 2014; Accepted 12 February 2014; Published 16 April 2014

Academic Editors: J. Esteve-Romero and A. Tsantili-Kakoulidou

Copyright © 2014 Rihana Parveen Shaik 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.


A new, accurate, precise, and robust HPLC method was developed and validated for the determination of solifenacin in tablet dosage form. The chromatographic separation was achieved on an Inertsil ODS 3V C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) stationary phase maintained at ambient temperature with a mobile phase combination of monobasic potassium phosphate (pH 3.5) containing 0.1% triethylamine and methanol (gradient mode) at a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min, and the detection was carried out by using UV detector at 220 nm. The performance of the method was validated according to the present ICH guidelines.

1. Introduction

Solifenacin succinate is a competitive muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist used in the treatment of overactive bladder with or without urge incontinence. Chemically it is 1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]oct-8-yl(1S)-1-phenyl-3,4-dihydro-1H-isoquinoline-2 carboxylate shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Chemical structures of solifenacin.

The molecular formula of solifenacin succinate is C23H26N2O2 with its molecular weight 362.46. Solifenacin is extensively metabolized in the liver. The metabolites observed as one pharmacologically active metabolite (4R-hydroxy solifenacin), and three pharmacologically inactive metabolites (N-glucuronide and the N-oxide and 4R-hydroxy-N-oxide of solifenacin) occurring at low concentrations in human plasma after oral dosing. After oral administration of vesicare to healthy volunteers, peak plasma levels (Cmax) of solifenacin are reached within 3 to 8 hours after administration and at steady state ranged from 32.3 to 62.9 ng/mL for the 5 and 10 mg vesicare tablets, respectively. The terminal elimination half-life of SF is approximately 45–68 hours. Solifenacin is approximately 98% (in vivo) bound to human plasma proteins, principally to alpha-1-acid glycoprotein [110].

Literature survey reveals that quantification of solifenacin in human plasma [11, 12], rat plasma [13], pharmaceutical compounds [1417], and industrial waste streams [18] was reported. These methods were reported by using LC-MS/MS [11, 12, 18], HPLC [1316], and HPTLC [17]. Among all, quantification of solifenacin by LC-MS/MS in biological matrices [1113] was proved best results.

The reported HPLC methods [1316] have some drawbacks in terms of ruggedness, reproducibility, and sensitivity in long run. The main goal of the present study is to develop and validate the novel simple, higher sensitive, selective, rugged, and reproducible analytical method for quantitative determination of solifenacin in pharmaceutical compounds by HPLC. The developed method would be applied in finished product and in quality control.

2. Experimental

2.1. Instrumentation

The Waters HPLC system equipped with autosampler and UV or DAD was used for method development and method validation. The output signal was monitored and processed by using Empower software.

2.2. Materials

Solifenacin succinate bulk drug was made available from Genova Labs, Bangalore; orthophosphoric acid (85%), potassium phosphate monobasic, methanol, and acetonitrile were obtained from Merk. Commercially available solifenacin tablets were used for the dosage form analysis. All chemicals and reagents used were of HPLC grade; Milli-Q-water was used throughout the experiment. The pharmaceutical dosage form assayed in the study is test formulation containing 5 mg of solifenacin.

2.2.1. Mobile Phase Preparation

Solution A. About 1.36 g of potassium phosphate monobasic was dissolved into 1000 mL of water. Then 1 mL of triethylamine was added and mixed well. Finally pH adjusted with orthophosphoric acid (85%) was mixed and degas-filtered.

Solution B. This contained methanol. Gradient program was shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Gradient program.

Sample Solvent. This contained mobile phase A : B: 20 : 80 (% v/v).

2.3. Chromatographic Conditions

The mobile phase used was mixture of monobasic potassium phosphate containing 0.1% triethylamine and methanol in the ratio of gradient elution at a flow rate of 1.5 mL/min and the injection volume was 10 μL. The analytical column used was Inertsil ODS 3V C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) at ambient temperature. The detection was carried out at a wavelength of 220 nm for a run time of 16 min. The retention time of solifenacin was found to be 5.12 min.

2.4. Preparation of Standard Stock Solution

Accurately weigh and transfer 50 mg of solifenacin succinate working standard into two separate 100 mL clean dry volumetric flasks; add diluent and sonicate to dissolve it completely and make up volume to the mark with the same solvent (sample solvent solution). Further pipette 10.0 mL solifenacin of the above stock solution into a 50 mL volumetric flask and dilute it up to the mark with diluent.

2.4.1. Assay of Pharmaceutical Dosage Form: Sample Preparation

Take 20 tablets and calculate the average weight. Crush the tablets and accurately weigh 50 mg of tablet powder and transfer it into 100 mL volumetric flask and add sample solvent to extract solifenacin by ultrasonication for 10 min. The resultant mixture was filtered through 0.45 μ filter. From this, take 10.0 mL and transfer it to 50 mL volumetric flask and make up the volume using mobile phase as shown in Table 2.

Table 2

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Optimization of Chromatographic Conditions

Several HPLC methods were developed for the estimation of solifenacin using methanol, water, acetonitrile and phosphate, acetate, and OPA buffer. Hence we have selected potassium phosphate buffer and Inertsil ODS 3V C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column to decrease the retention time and to obtain symmetric peaks having good resolution. Different trails were performed using different proportions of potassium phosphate buffer having different pH with methanol and acetonitrile. The mobile phase containing monobasic potassium phosphate pH 3.5 containing 0.1% triethylamine and methanol (adjusted to pH 3.5): (gradient programme) was found to be satisfactory and gave symmetric and well-resolved peak for solifenacin.

The retention time of solifenacin was found to be 5.12. The USP plate count and tailing factor were 6984 and 1.34 for solifenacin. The standard chromatogram was shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: HPLC chromatogram of standard solifenacin.
3.2. Validation of Proposed Method

The proposed method was validated according to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines [19].

3.3. Linearity

Linearity test solutions of solifenacin (10–100 (μg/mL)) were prepared from the stock solution at five different concentration levels. The calibration curves were constructed by plotting peak areas versus their corresponding concentrations. The slope, -intercept, and correlation coefficient of the calibration curve were calculated. The correlation coefficient was found to be 0.999 and the calibration curve for solifenacin is given in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Calibration curve of solifenacin.
3.4. Precision

Precision was evaluated by injecting five replicate injections of solifenacin of standard concentration under the same chromatographic conditions and calculated by the %RSD. The %RSD indicates that the developed method is repeatable. The %RSD for assay of solifenacin was found to be 1.37. The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3: Precision data.
3.5. Intermediate Precision/Ruggedness

The intermediate precision of the method was checked by determining precision on the same instrument, using the same chromatographic conditions in different day. The %RSD of solifenacin was found to be below 2 even when it is performed in different day. The method is said to be precise with respect to the criteria of the intermediate precision. The results are given in Table 3.

3.6. Accuracy

In order to judge the quality and applicability of method the recovery analysis was performed at three levels 50%, 100%, and 150% by standard addition method. The % recoveries for solifenacin were calculated by injecting the samples and it was found to be within the limits; the results are given in Table 4.

Table 4: Accuracy data.
3.6.1. Robustness

The robustness as a measure of method capability to remain unaffected by small, but deliberate changes in chromatographic conditions was studied by testing influence of small changes in mobile phase composition (10% absolute change in organic phase) and flow rate (±0.2 mL/min). The USP plate count and USP tailing were within the limits. So, the method was found to be robust with respect to variability in all robust conditions.

3.6.2. LOD and LOQ

The LOD and LOQ of solifenacin were determined by using the signal to noise approach as defined in ICH guidelines. The concentration with signal to noise ratio of LOD and LOQ at S/N was 3 and 10, respectively. The results are given in Table 5.

Table 5: LOD and LOQ.
3.6.3. Assay of Pharmaceutical Formulation

The proposed validated method was successfully applied to determine solifenacin in its tablet dosage form. The result obtained for solifenacin was comparable with the corresponding labeled amounts and they are given in Table 6.

Table 6: Assay Results.

4. Conclusion

The present work refers to the fact that the most accurate, precise, and robust HPLC method was developed and validated for estimation of solifenacin in pharmaceutical dosage form in accordance with the ICH parameters. The method was validated and found to be simple, accurate, and precise. Percentage of recovery shows that the method is free from interference of the excipients used in the formulation. Therefore, the proposed method can be used for routine analysis of solifenacin in its dosage form.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


The authors are very thankful to Adcock Ingram, Genova Research Labs, Bangalore, for providing facilities and equipment and for providing samples.


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