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See detailData processing of vibrational chemical imaging for pharmaceutical applications.
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (in press)

Vibrational spectroscopy (MIR, NIR and Raman) based hyperspectral imaging is one of the most powerful tools analyze pharmaceutical preparation. Indeed, it combines the advantages of vibrational ... [more ▼]

Vibrational spectroscopy (MIR, NIR and Raman) based hyperspectral imaging is one of the most powerful tools analyze pharmaceutical preparation. Indeed, it combines the advantages of vibrational spectroscopy to imaging techniques and allows therefore the visualization of distribution of compounds, crystallization processes. However, these techniques provide a huge amount of data that must be processed to extract the relevant information. This review presents fundamental concepts of hyperspectral imaging, the basic theory of the most used chemometric tools used to pre-process, process and post-process the generated data. The last part of the present paper focuses on pharmaceutical applications of hyperspectral imaging and highlights the data processing approaches to enable the reader making the best choice among the different tools available. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a multiplexed surface-enhanced Raman scattering quantitative approach for bisphenols detection
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 23)

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic activity [1]. Despite its health toxicity, BPA is present in a broad variety of consumer goods released from plastic bottles and packaging for example. Since the discovery of its adverse health effect of BPA, the manufacturers tend to use structural analogues of BPA such as BPS, BPF and BPB to produce plastic materials [2]. However, the health safety of these molecules is still not demonstrated. Currently, bisphenols are actively researched and quantified using solid phase extraction and chromatography techniques which are time and solvents consuming. Therefore, it could be very interesting to quantify simultaneously bisphenols using a fast and “green” technique. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) exalts dramatically the Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed or very closed to metallic surface enabling to detect very low amounts of analytes while keeping the structural information obtained from the spectrum which is very interesting to consider multiplexed analyses [3-4]. Moreover, SERS, which is a solvent free and fast acquisition technique, is an attractive tool in “Green Chemistry” [5]. In this context, the development of a multiplexed quantitative approach to detect bisphenol was considered. Silver nanoparticles (AgNps) were selected as SERS substrate and their functionalization was investigated taking into account the weak affinity of phenolic molecules for gold and silver surface [6]. Pyridine was selected as surface modifier and allowed to attract bisphenols around metallic surface thanks to hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonds [7]. Afterwards, the SERS samples preparation was optimized playing on the concentrations of pyridine and aggregating agent used to get the nanoparticles closer to each other which promotes the SERS effect. Tap water samples were spiked with different concentration of BPA from 5 ppb to 1000 ppb and analyzed using the optimized SERS sample preparation. A good linearity of the response was observed and a calibration curve with coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.9922 was obtained by plotting the intensity of a principal band of BPA versus the concentration. This last step was repeated using BPB as analyte and a calibration curve with a R2 of 0.9991 was obtained for the same range of concentration using a specific band intensity of BPB. Finally, tap water samples were spiked with different concentrations of BPA and BPB simultaneously and analyzed using SERS and it was possible to detect selectively the two molecules thanks to specific bands and a good linearity of the response was observed for both. To conclude, promising results were obtained which pave the way to “green” multiplexed quantitative analyses of very low concentrated analytes using SERS. References: [1] J.-H. Kang et al., Toxicology 226 (2006) 79-89 [2] C. Liao et al., J. Agric. Food Chem. 61 (2013) 4655-4662 [3] K. Kneipp et al., Chem. Rev. 99 (1999) 2957-2975. [4] R.F. Aroca et al., Adv.Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [5] C. De Bleye et al., Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [6] X.X. Han et al., Anal. Chem., 83 (2011) 8582-8588. [7] B. San Vicente et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 380 (2004) 115-122. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of hyperspectral Raman imaging to the analysis of a self-emulsifying drug delivery system (SEDDS).
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg et al

Poster (2014, June)

Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) are mixtures of drug and excipients that undergo emulsification when exposed to water. This pharmaceutical form is used to enhance the oral absorption of ... [more ▼]

Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) are mixtures of drug and excipients that undergo emulsification when exposed to water. This pharmaceutical form is used to enhance the oral absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs. The API is finely dispersed in the excipients and forms a solid solution increasing its dissolution rate. Hyperspectral Raman imaging is a powerful tool that combines both spectral and spatial information. It returns qualitative and quantitative information useful during the development or the characterization of pharmaceutical preparations. The studied formulation consisted of a BCS 2 API (high permeability, low solubility) dispersed in excipients mainly composed of Lauroyl macrogol-32 glycerides (>50%). Two different preparations were analyzed: 100% of API dissolved and 70% of API dissolved with 30% of API powder added to the formulation. The two formulations have therefore exactly the same qualitative and quantitative composition but different spatial distribution and dispersion of the API mimicking a problem during the process. First a confocal Raman microscopic analysis was performed to evaluate the solid state of the API in the formulations. Then, an evaluation of the particle size was performed. These results are important since they can affect the bioavailability of the API and therefore its activity. Beside the microscopic scale analysis, a macroscopic imaging quantitative PLS model has been developed. The method has been validated within +/- 10% acceptance limits following the total error approach. This validated quantitative model enables reliable quantitative analysis at the pixel level of Raman images providing meaningful chemical images. [less ▲]

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See detailQualitative and quantitative analyses of a pharmaceutical formulation produced by hot melt extrusion using Raman spectroscopy
Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 15)

In the pharmaceutical industry, Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) is a recent technique used to integrate poor water soluble drugs in pharmaceutical formulations. Indeed, more and more active pharmaceutical ... [more ▼]

In the pharmaceutical industry, Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) is a recent technique used to integrate poor water soluble drugs in pharmaceutical formulations. Indeed, more and more active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) belong to the Biopharmaceutical Classification System (BCS) II and IV. Their integration in pharmaceutical solid forms is a big deal. HME processes increase the bioavailability and the solubility of those API by encompassing them in a polymeric carrier and by forming solid dispersions [1]. Moreover, in 2004, the FDA’s guidance initiative promoted the usefulness of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tools when developing a manufacturing process. Vibrational spectroscopy is an appropriate PAT tool to analyze extrudates [2 – 3]. In this case, Raman spectroscopy, which belongs to vibrational spectroscopy, was used to analyze itraconazole extrudates qualitatively and quantitatively. During HME, the main objective is to develop solid dispersions by converting a crystalline API in an amorphous one, in order to improve its solubility and bioavailability [4]. According to Raman spectra, it is possible to identify the polymorphic form of the components in the extrudates by integrating or rationing the Raman bands that are characteristic of the API or by calculating the width at half intensity of some bands [5]. After determining the polymorphic form of the API, a quantitative method was developed in order to measure the ratio between the API and the polymer. Finally, chemical imaging was performed on extrudates to identify the distribution of the homogeneity of the API inside the polymer [6]. In conclusion, Raman spectroscopy is an appropriate tool to follow an extrusion process. By qualitative and quantitative analyses it is possible to determine the composition, the polymorphic form, the homogeneity, and the concentration of pharmaceutical matrices according to Raman fingerprint. References: [1] S. Shah et. al., Int J Pharm 453 (2013) 233 – 252. [2] L. Saerens et. al., Anal Chem 85 (2013) 5420 – 5429. [3] T. De Beer et. al., J Pharm Biomed Anal 48 (2008) 772 – 779. [4] A. Sarode et. al., Eur J Pharm Sci 48 (2013) 371 – 384. [5] E. Widjaja et. al., Eur J Pharm Sci 42 (2011) 45 – 54. [6] J. M. Amigo, Anal Bioanal Chem 398 (2010) 93 – 109. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of an analytical method to detect simultaneously bisphenols using a multiplexed surface-enhanced Raman scattering quantitative approach
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 15)

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic activity [1]. Despite its health toxicity, BPA is present in a broad variety of consumer goods released from plastic bottles and packaging for example. Since the discovery of its adverse health effect of BPA, the manufacturers tend to use structural analogues of BPA such as BPS, BPF and BPB to produce plastic materials [2]. However, the health safety of these molecules is still not demonstrated. Currently, bisphenols are actively researched and quantified using solid phase extraction and chromatography techniques which are time and solvents consuming. Therefore, it could be very interesting to quantify simultaneously bisphenols using a fast and “green” technique. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) exalts dramatically the Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed or very closed to metallic surface enabling to detect very low amounts of analytes while keeping the structural information obtained from the spectrum which is very interesting to consider multiplexed analyses [3-4]. Moreover, SERS, which is a solvent free and fast acquisition technique, is an attractive tool in “Green Chemistry” [5]. In this context, the development of a multiplexed quantitative approach to detect bisphenol was considered. Silver nanoparticles (AgNps) were selected as SERS substrate and their functionalization was investigated taking into account the weak affinity of phenolic molecules for gold and silver surface [6]. Pyridine was selected as surface modifier and allowed to attract bisphenols around metallic surface thanks to hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonds [7]. Afterwards, the SERS samples preparation was optimized playing on the concentrations of pyridine and aggregating agent used to get the nanoparticles closer to each other which promotes the SERS effect. Tap water samples were spiked with different concentration of BPA from 5 ppb to 1000 ppb and analyzed using the optimized SERS sample preparation. A good linearity of the response was observed and a calibration curve with coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.9922 was obtained by plotting the intensity of a principal band of BPA versus the concentration. This last step was repeated using BPB as analyte and a calibration curve with a R2 of 0.9991 was obtained for the same range of concentration using a specific band intensity of BPB. Finally, tap water samples were spiked with different concentrations of BPA and BPB simultaneously and analyzed using SERS and it was possible to detect selectively the two molecules thanks to specific bands and a good linearity of the response was observed for both. To conclude, promising results were obtained which pave the way to “green” multiplexed quantitative analyses of very low concentrated analytes using SERS. References: [1] J.-H. Kang et al., Toxicology 226 (2006) 79-89 [2] C. Liao et al., J. Agric. Food Chem. 61 (2013) 4655-4662 [3] K. Kneipp et al., Chem. Rev. 99 (1999) 2957-2975. [4] R.F. Aroca et al., Adv.Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [5] C. De Bleye et al., Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [6] X.X. Han et al., Anal. Chem., 83 (2011) 8582-8588. [7] B. San Vicente et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 380 (2004) 115-122. [less ▲]

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See detailLa spectroscopie proche infrarouge, une technique non destructive dans la lutte contre la contrefaçon des médicaments
Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie ULg; Kalenda Tshilombo, Nicodème; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

in Spectra Analyse (2014), 43

Near infrared spectroscopy is a very promising and expanding analytical technique. It has to be noted that this technique is becoming more used in the pharmaceutical field for the quality control of ... [more ▼]

Near infrared spectroscopy is a very promising and expanding analytical technique. It has to be noted that this technique is becoming more used in the pharmaceutical field for the quality control of products. Indeed near infrared spectroscopy allows to perform fast, non-destructive, versatile analysis of the sample and minimization of the sample preparation. Based on those advantages, this spectroscopic method is one of the first reliable analytical techniques for fighting against counterfeit medicines. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a real time release approach for manufacturing tablets using NIR spectroscopy
Pestieau, Aude ULg; Krier, Fabrice ULg; Thoorens, Grégory et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 98

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See detailDevelopment of a quantitative approach using surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging: First step for the determination of an impurity in a pharmaceutical model
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 90

This publication reports, for the first time, the development of a quantitative approach using surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI). A pharmaceutical model presented as tablets based on ... [more ▼]

This publication reports, for the first time, the development of a quantitative approach using surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI). A pharmaceutical model presented as tablets based on paracetamol, which is the most sold drug around the world, was used to develop this approach. 4-Aminophenol is the main impurity of paracetamol and is actively researched in pharmaceutical formulations because of its toxicity. As its concentration is generally very low (<0.1%, w/w), conventional Raman chemical imaging cannot be used. In this context, a SER-CI method was developed to quantify 4-aminophenol assessing a limit of quantification below its limit of specification of 1000 ppm. Citrate-reduced silver nanoparticles were used as SERS substrate and these nanoparticles were functionalized using 1-butanethiol. Different ways to cover the tablets surface by butanethiol-functionalized silver nanoparticles were tested and a homogeneity study of the silver nanoparticles covering was realized. This homogeneity study was performed in order to choose the best way to cover the surface of tablets by silver colloid. Afterwards, the optimization of the SER-CI approach was necessary and different spectral intensity normalizations were tested. Finally, a quantitative approach using SER-CI was developed enabling to quantify 4-aminophenol from 0.025% to 0.2% in paracetamol tablets. This quantitative approach was tested on two different series of tablets using different batches of silver nanoparticles. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative approaches based on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and Surface-Enhanced Raman Chemical Imaging (SER-CI)
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg et al

Conference (2014, January 20)

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), discovered in 1978, is a recent technique enabling to circumvent the main limitations of classical Raman spectroscopy by dramatically exalting the Raman ... [more ▼]

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), discovered in 1978, is a recent technique enabling to circumvent the main limitations of classical Raman spectroscopy by dramatically exalting the Raman scattering of the target molecules which are adsorbed or very closed to metallic surfaces while reducing the fluorescence impact on spectra [1]. This technique combines the sensitivity of the fluorescence keeping the structural information of molecules obtained from the SERS spectrum [2]. This last point allows to implement multiplex analyses. Moreover, it is possible to perform Surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI) analyses which enable to acquire a visual representation of samples combining spectral and spatial measurements. Therefore SERS could become an attractive technique in numerous fields such as pharmaceutical and biomedical research. In this context, the feasibility of developing quantitative approaches using SERS and SER-CI on a pharmaceutical model was studied. The aim was to develop methods allowing the quantification of 4-aminophenol (4-AP) in a pharmaceutical formulation based on paracetamol. 4-AP is the main impurity of paracetamol and is actively research because of its toxicity. This pharmaceutical model was first investigated using SERS and a quantitative method enabling to quantify 4-AP from 3 to15 µg/mL was developed and validated using the standard addition method as a calibration method [3]. From these results, the possibility of developing a quantitative approach using SER-CI was investigated. Tablets based on paracetamol comprising different concentrations of 4-AP were prepared. Different ways to cover the sample surface by the SERS substrate were tested and a homogeneity study was performed to improve the repeatability of SER-CI analyses. Different spectral intensity normalizations were also tested in order to optimize the SER-CI method. Finally, a quantitative approach using SER-CI was developed allowing the quantification of 4-AP from 0.025% to 0.2% (w/w) in paracetamol tablets [4]. This first quantitative approach could pave the way to quantitative analysis of small molecules using SER-CI in complex matrices. References [1] P.L. Stiles, J.A. Dieringer, N.C. Shah, R.P. Van Duyne, Annu. Rev. Anal. Chem. 1 (2008) 601-626. [2] R.F. Aroca, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla, N. Pieczonka, S. Sanchez-Cortez, J.V. Garcia-Ramos, Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [3] C. De Bleye, E. Dumont, E. Rozet, P.-Y. Sacré, P.-F. Chavez, L. Netchacovitch, G. Piel, Ph. Hubert, E. Ziemons, Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [4] C. De Bleye, P.-Y. Sacré, E. Dumont, L. Netchacovitch, P.-F. Chavez, G. Piel, P. Lebrun, Ph. Hubert, E. Ziemons, J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. (in Press) [less ▲]

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See detailA new criterion to assess distributional homogeneity in hyperspectral images of solid pharmaceutical dosage forms
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2014), 818

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Raman hyperspectral imaging is a technique of ... [more ▼]

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Raman hyperspectral imaging is a technique of choice for assessing the distributional homogeneity of compounds of interest. Indeed, the combination of both spectroscopic and spatial information provides a detailed knowledge of chemical composition and component distribution. Actually, most authors assess homogeneity using parameters of the histogram of intensities (e.g. mean, skewness and kurtosis). However, this approach does not take into account spatial information and loses the main advantage of imaging. To overcome this limitation, we propose a new criterion: Distributional Homogeneity Index (DHI). DHI has been tested on simulated maps and formulation development samples. The distribution maps of the samples were obtained without validated calibration model since different formulations were under investigation. The results obtained showed a linear relationship between content uniformity values and DHI values of distribution maps. Therefore, DHI methodology appears to be a suitable tool for the analysis of homogeneity of distribution maps even without calibration during formulation development. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation using Surface Enhanced Raman scattering: from development to method validation
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Talanta (2013), 116

A Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) method able to quantify 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation based on acetaminophen, also called paracetamol, was developed and, for the first time ... [more ▼]

A Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) method able to quantify 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation based on acetaminophen, also called paracetamol, was developed and, for the first time, successfully validated. In this context, silver nanoparticles were synthesized according to the method described by Lee-Meisel and used as SERS substrate. The repeatability of the silver colloid synthesis was tested using different methods to characterise the size and the zeta potential of silver nanoparticles freshly synthesized. To optimize the SERS samples preparation, a design of experiments implicating concentrations of citrate-reduced silver nanoparticles and aggregating agent was performed in order to maximize the Raman signal enhancement. Finally, an approach based on tolerance intervals and accuracy profiles was applied in order to thoroughly validate the method in a range of concentrations comprised from 3 to 15 µg mL-1 using normalized band intensities. The standard addition method was selected as method calibration. Therefore, measurements were carried out on 4-aminophenol spiked solutions of the pharmaceutical formulation. Despite the well-known stability and reproducibility problems of SERS, the validation was performed using two operators and 5 batches of nanoparticles, one for each validation day. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a quantitative approach based on surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI)
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 17)

During the last decade, Raman imaging has taken an important place in the pharmaceutical field [1-2]. It enables to acquire a visual representation of samples while quantifying and identifying molecules ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, Raman imaging has taken an important place in the pharmaceutical field [1-2]. It enables to acquire a visual representation of samples while quantifying and identifying molecules of these samples. However, this technique suffers from a lack of sensitivity and the appearance of fluorescence which can limit its pharmaceutical applications. One way to circumvent these limitations is Surface Enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI) which presents the advantages of Raman imaging and enables to dramatically increase the Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed or very close to metallic surfaces [3]. The number of publications regarding SER-CI in the pharmaceutical field is very limited probably due to the well-known stability and reproducibility problem of SERS and also due to the difficulty to obtain a homogeneous colloids covering of samples surface before SER-CI analyses. In this context, the possibility to develop a quantitative approach using SER-CI on a pharmaceutical model, presented as paracetamol tablet, was studied. The aim was to develop a SER-CI method enabling to quantify 4-aminophenol (4-AP), which is the main impurity of paracetamol actively research for its toxicity, at a concentration below its limit of specification of 1000 ppm [4]. This pharmaceutical model was first investigated using SERS and a quantitative method enabling to quantify 4-AP from 3 to 15 µg mL-1 was developed and validated [5]. Based on these previous results, the possibility to develop quantitative approach to quantify 4-aminophenol in paracetamol tablet using SER-CI was investigated. Different ways to cover the tablets surface by silver colloids were tested and a homogeneity study was performed in order to improve the repeatability of SER-CI analyses. Afterwards, the SER-CI approach was optimized and different spectral intensity normalizations were tested. Finally, a quantitative approach using SER-CI was developed enabling to quantify 4-AP from 0.025% to 0.2% (w/w) in paracetamol tablets. [less ▲]

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See detailVibrational spectroscopy as PAT compliant tools
Ziemons, Eric ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, September 10)

In the last decades, intensive research and development dealing with NIR and Raman spectroscopy have taken place in industrial field, espacially in pharmaceutical industry. This enthusiasm can be ... [more ▼]

In the last decades, intensive research and development dealing with NIR and Raman spectroscopy have taken place in industrial field, espacially in pharmaceutical industry. This enthusiasm can be explained by the fact that this technique are regarded as promising and attractive tools in PAT, R&D and Green Chemistry frameworks. Their advantages such as non-invasive, non-destructive, fast data acquisition, minization of sample preparation step and the use of probes in on-line, in-line and at-line are expected to reach the aims of PAT, R&D and Green Chemistry. [less ▲]

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See detailA new criterion to assess distributional homogeneity in hyperspectral images of solid pharmaceutical dosage forms
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

Conference (2013, September)

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Several techniques exist to assess this ... [more ▼]

During galenic formulation development, homogeneity of distribution is a critical parameter to check since it may influence activity and safety of the drug. Several techniques exist to assess this homogeneity, the most used and recognized being HPLC. However, these techniques are destructive, time consuming and uses a lot of organic solvents. Vibrational spectroscopies are promising green chemistry techniques that may replace HPLC for several analysis tasks thanks of their rapid, non-destructive and non-pollutant characteristics. Raman hyperspectral imaging is a technique of choice for assessing the distributional homogeneity of compounds of interest. Indeed, the combination of both spectroscopic and spatial information provides a detailed knowledge of chemical composition and component distribution. When dealing with hyperspectral imaging, multivariate data analysis is necessary to extract the concentration map of the compound of interest that will be used to assess sample homogeneity. Actually, most authors assess homogeneity using parameters of the histogram of intensities (e.g. mean, skewness and kurtosis). However, this approach does not take into account spatial information and loses the main advantage of imaging. Recently, Rosas et al. proposed a homogeneity index based on the Poole index. However, it necessitates cutting the maps in non-overlapping macropixels and is therefore quickly limited with small maps. To overcome this limitation, we propose a new criterion that combines Continuous Level Moving Blocks and homogeneity curves with a randomization step to assess the distributional homogeneity. This distributional homogeneity index (DHI) enables analysis of hyperspectral maps without apriori knowledge. It has been applied on five pharmaceutical formulations with different blending conditions. The uniformity content values of the API (present at a concentration of 7% w/w) measured by HPLC ranged from RSD: 0.46% to 11.04%. Ten tablets per formulation have been mapped over a region of interest of 4 mm². After extracting pure spectra by MCR-ALS, the concentration maps of the API were computed using classical least squares analysis. DHI have been computed with a hundred simulations for the randomization step for each concentration map. Afterwards, a mean DHI and standard deviation values were computed per formulation. A linear relationship has been observed between the RSD values and the mean DHI. These results enabled us to select the formulation with the best homogeneity. Further experiments are in progress to check whether hyperspectral imaging combined with DHI could be used in routine to assess blending homogeneity of well-known formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical imaging of small molecules from simple to complex matrices: Quantitative approaches based on Surface Enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Chavez, Pierre-François ULg et al

Conference (2013, July)

Surface Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) allows to dramatically exalt the Raman diffusion of molecules absorbed or very closed to rough metallic surfaces while keeping their structural information. SERS ... [more ▼]

Surface Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) allows to dramatically exalt the Raman diffusion of molecules absorbed or very closed to rough metallic surfaces while keeping their structural information. SERS chemical imaging, presenting a high specificity and sensibility, allows acquiring a visual representation of samples combining spectral and spatial measurements. This technique could become a powerful tool in pharmaceutical and biological analysis enabling to identify and quantify molecules thanks to chemometric evaluation while looking at their distribution or their interactions. In this context, SERS chemical imaging is investigated in detection or quantitative determination of molecules in pharmaceutical and biological matrices. The feasibility of making quantitative measurements using SERS is evaluated on small target molecules models such as 4-aminophenol and lactate. Firstly, a SERS method to quantify 4-aminophenol which is the primary impurity of acetaminophen coming from its degradation during the storage or from its synthesis was developed on a real pharmaceutical formulation. The standard addition method was selected as calibration method in order to take into account the matrix effect coming from the different components of the latter. Despite the well-known stability and repeatability problems of SERS, the method was thoroughly validated by means of accuracy profiles as decision tool. Moreover, this validation methodology allowed to define a first estimation of the real analytical performance of the technique. Secondly, the detection of lactate, which is a critical metabolite implicated in several metabolic disorders, was successfully tested in the physiological concentration in a simple matrix. Preliminary results for the determination of this metabolic biomarker were also very promising allowing to consider more complex matrices. Based on these results, SERS chemical imaging was implemented to detect 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical tablet formerly pulverised by a SERS substrate. Through this imaging technique, it was not only possible to detect the presence of the impurity at the limit of specification of 0.1% (w/w) but it was also possible to differentiate tablets comprising different concentrations of the latter. These promising results represent the first step towards quantitative measurements using SERS chemical imaging. [less ▲]

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