A validated stability indicating RP-HPLC method for valganciclovir, identification and characterization of forced degradation products of valganciclovir using LC-MS/MS
S. Sawant and V. Barge
The objective of the present study was to report the stability of novel antiviral drug, valganciclovir based on the information obtained from forced degradation studies. Valganciclovir was subjected to forced hydrolytic (acidic, alkaline and neutral), oxidative, photolytic and thermal stress in accordance with the ICH guideline Q1A ([R.sub.2]). The drug showed labiality under only acidic and photoacidic conditions while it was stable to other stress conditions. Resolution of the drug and degradation products was achieved on a Hypersil Gold C-18 column (4.6 x 250 mm, 5 [micro]m) utilizing acetonitrile (A) and potassium dihydrogen ortho phosphate buffer (pH 5.0; 0.01M) in the ratio of 5:95 (v/v) at a flow rate of 0.6 ml/min and at the detection wavelength 252 nm. The major acidic stress degradation product was characterized by LC-MS/MS and its fragmentation pathway was proposed. Validation of the LC-DAD method was carried out in accordance with ICH guideline. The method met all required criteria and was applied for analysis of commercially available tablets.
valganciclovir, stress degradation, stability indicating assay method, HPLC, LC-MS