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Current Pharmaceutical Analysis
ISSN (Print): 1573-4129
ISSN (Online): 1875-676X
DOI: 10.2174/1573412910999140113120243      Price:  $58

Development, Validation and Results of Quantitative Stability Testing for Gastrografin®

Author(s): Neera Naidoo, Ryash Vather, Noble Kuntworbe, Ian Bissett and Gil Hardy
Pages 92-96 (5)
Introduction: Gastrografin® is a commercially available contrast agent, primarily utilised in abdominal computed tomography. In order to conduct a randomised controlled clinical trial to determine whether gastrografin® may confer a therapeutic benefit in a postoperative ileus it was necessary to ensure that re-packaging of gastrografin® during blinding had no effect on the stability of its active diatrizoate salts (DTZ).

Aim: To develop a validated and rapid reverse phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analytical method for the assay of DTZ that could then be utilised to determine the stability of gastrografin®.

Methods: A published HPLC method for meglumine amidotrizoate injection was adapted and validated for the stability studies. These were carried out in accordance with ICH guidelines.

Results: The HPLC method was validated for specificity (no elution peak with placebo), linearity (r2=0.999), accuracy (≤5%) and precision (≤3%). Gastrografin® exposed to 25ºC and 60% relative humidity remained stable for 30 days with no physical change to the solution. Gastrografin® stored under identical conditions and exposed to 1.2 million lux hours of light remained stable for 7 days. Gastrografin® stored at 4ºC underwent crystallisation; this was readily reversed by agitation and had no discernible effect on 30-day drug stability.

Conclusion: Gastrografin® remains stable and active for a minimum of 30 days under standard storage conditions (25ºC, 60% humidity, no light) after re-packaging.

Gastrografin, diatrizoate, stability testing.
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