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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 5 (2008), Issue 1, Pages 58-67

Development and Validation of LC Method for the Determination of Famciclovir in Pharmaceutical Formulation Using an Experimental Design

Srinivas Vishnumulaka, Narasimha Rao Medicherla, Allam Appa Rao, and G. Edela Srinubabu

Center for Biotechnology, College of Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam-530003, India

Received 23 April 2007; Accepted 20 June 2007

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A rapid and sensitive RP-HPLC method with UV detection (242 nm) for routine analysis of famciclovir in pharmaceutical formulations was developed. Chromatography was performed with mobile phase containing a mixture of methanol and phosphate buffer (50:50, v/v) with flow rate 1.0 mL min−1. Quantitation was accomplished with internal standard method. The procedure was validated for linearity (correlation coefficient =0.9999), accuracy, robustness and intermediate precision. Experimental design was used for validation of robustness and intermediate precision. To test robustness, three factors were considered; percentage v/v of methanol in mobile phase, flow rate and pH; flow rate, the percentage of organic modifier and pH have considerable important effect on the response. For intermediate precision measure the variables considered were: analyst, equipment and number of days. The RSD value (0.86%, n=24) indicated an acceptable precision of the analytical method. The proposed method was simple, sensitive, precise, accurate and quick and useful for routine quality control.