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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

Published in Association with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM)

Editor-in-Chief: Plebani, Mario

Ed. by Gillery, Philippe / Greaves, Ronda / Lackner, Karl J. / Lippi, Giuseppe / Melichar, Bohuslav / Payne, Deborah A. / Schlattmann, Peter

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Volume 41, Issue 12


Automated LC-MS Method for the Fast Stereoselective Determination of Methadone in Plasma

Sandrine Souverain / Chin Eap / Jean-Luc Veuthey / Serge Rudaz
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2003.245


Methadone (MTD) is a chiral drug widely used for the treatment of opioid dependence for which a rapid analytical method for the determination of each enantiomer would be advantageous. In order to improve method sensitivity and to automate the entire analytical process, a column-switching configuration has been developed. An online extraction system coupled to a cellulose-based chiral stationary phase (CSP), namely Chiralcel OJ-R, was used and detection was performed by mass spectrometry. Fifty μl of plasma were injected into the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system after addition of acetonitrile (ACN) containing methadone deuterated D9 (MTD-D9) (internal standard) and centrifugation. For the rapid extraction step, a large particle size support was selected. A baseline separation of MTD enantiomers was obtained in less than 12 min. Trueness and precision were evaluated with control samples at 500 ng/ml of (R,S)-methadone. Trueness values were 106.6% and 103.0% for (R)-MTD and (S)-MTD, respectively, with a coefficient of variation inferior to 2.5% for both compounds. Finally, a good concordance was found using this method for analysis of plasma samples from patients in maintenance treatment as compared to a previously described HPLC-UV method after liquid-liquid extraction.

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Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2003-12-04

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Volume 41, Issue 12, Pages 1615–1621, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2003.245.

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