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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 8 (2011), Issue 1, Pages 281-287

Spectrophotometric Determination of Reboxetine through Condensation and Diazo-Coupling Reactions

K. Srikanth and K. A. Emmanuel

Department of Chemistry, Sir C. R. Reddy (A) College, Eluru-534 007, Andhra Pradesh, India

Received 14 March 2010; Revised 9 June 2010; Accepted 17 July 2010

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In the present study, two simple, sensitive and reproducible visible spectrophotometric methods were developed for the determination of reboxetine in pure form and in pharmaceutical formulations. The methods involve acid hydrolysis of reboxetine methane sulphonate (Reboxetine as methane sulphonate) and the product obtained was used for the estimation. Out of the two methods developed in the laboratory, the first method involves the condensation reaction of hydrolysed reboxetine methane sulphonate with ethyl acetoacetate in sulphuric acid medium and the second method involves the diazocoupling reaction of hydrolysed reboxetine methane sulphonate with diazotized p-sulphanilic acid in alkaline medium. They have absorption maxima at 400 nm and 430 nm respectively and obey Beer’s law in the concentration ranges of 0.5 - 0.3 μgmL-1 and 1.0 - 7.5 μgmL-1 respectively. Results of analysis were validated statistically and by recovery studies. The apparent molar absorptivity values (∈max) obtained are 7.549 x 104 L mol-1 cm-11 and 2.656x104 Lmol-1cm-1 respectively. Both these have correlation coefficient value of 0.9999. The proposed methods have good precision and accuracy.