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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 4 (2007), Issue 1, Pages 50-52

Spectrophotometric Determination of Famciclovir and Racecodotril Using 2, 6-Dichloroquinone–Chlorimide

M. Vamsi Krishna, P. V. Madhavi Latha, and D. Gowri Sankar

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam-530 003., India

Received 2 August 2006; Accepted 8 September 2006

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A simple, sensitive spectrophotometric method for the determination of Famciclovir and Racecodotril is developed. It is based on the formation of a colored oxidative coupling product between 2,6-dichloroquinone-chlorimide and the drug is described. The method has been extended to pharmaceutical preparations. The absorption maxima and Beer’s law limits for Famciclovir are 500 nm, 20-100 µg/mL and for Racecodotril are 460 nm, 12.5-62.5 µg/mL.