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See detailA simple approach for ultrasensitive detection of bisphenols by multiplexed surface-enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Hubert, Cédric ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2015), 888

Bisphenol A (BPA) is well known for its use in plastic manufacture and thermal paper production despite its risk of health toxicity as an endocrine disruptor in humans. Since the publication of new ... [more ▼]

Bisphenol A (BPA) is well known for its use in plastic manufacture and thermal paper production despite its risk of health toxicity as an endocrine disruptor in humans. Since the publication of new legislation regarding the use of BPA, manufacturers have begun to replace BPA with other phenolic molecules such as bisphenol F (BPF) and bisphenol B (BPB), but there are no guarantees regarding the health safety of these compounds at this time. In this context, a very simple, cheap and fast surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) method was developed for the sensitive detection of these molecules in spiked tap water solutions. Silver nanoparticles were used as SERS substrates. An original strategy was employed to circumvent the issue of the affinity of bisphenols for metallic surfaces and the silver nanoparticles surface was functionalized using pyridine in order to improve again the sensitivity of the detection. Semi-quantitative detections were performed in tap water solutions at a concentrations range from 0.25 to 20 µg L-1 for BPA and BPB and from 5 to 100 µg L-1 for BPF. Moreover, a feasibility study for performing a multiplex-SERS detection of these molecules was also performed before successfully implementing the developed SERS method on real samples. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a simple approach for ultrasensitive detection of bisphenols by multiplexed surface enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg et al

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A very simple, cheap and fast SERS method using functionalized silver nanoparticles was developed to detect bisphenols. This method was applied for the semi-quantitative detection of bisphenol A (BPA ... [more ▼]

A very simple, cheap and fast SERS method using functionalized silver nanoparticles was developed to detect bisphenols. This method was applied for the semi-quantitative detection of bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol B (BPB) and bisphenol F (BPF) separately. Afterwards, a feasibility study of performing a multiplex SERS detection of BPA, BPB and BPF was successfully carried out. Finally, this developed method was applied on real samples which were solutions comprising cash receipts collected from different stores. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment, validation and comparison of NIR and Raman methods for the identification and assay of poor-quality oral quinine drops.
Mbinze Kidenge, Jérémie; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Yemoa, Achille et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015), 111

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient ... [more ▼]

Poor quality antimalarial drugs are one of the public’s major health problems in Africa. The depth of this problem may be explained in part by the lack of effective enforcement and the lack of efficient local drug analysis laboratories. To tackle part of this issue, two spectroscopic methods with the ability to detect and to quantify quinine dihydrochloride in children’s oral drops formulations were developed and validated. Raman and Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy were selected for the drug analysis due to their low cost, non-destructive and rapid characteristics. Both of the methods developed were successfully validated using the total error approach in the range of 50-150% of the target concentration (20% W/V) within the 10% acceptance limits. Samples collected on the Congolese pharmaceutical market were analyzed by both techniques to detect potentially substandard drugs. After a comparison of the analytical performance of both methods, it has been decided to implement the method based on NIR spectroscopy to perform the routine analysis of quinine oral drop samples in the Quality Control Laboratory of Drugs at the University of Kinshasa (DRC). [less ▲]

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See detailMédicaments: Faux et usage de faux
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg et al

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La contrefaçon de médicaments ets en constante progression, voire en pleine explosion. Chaque année, elle tue des centaines de milliers de personnes, principalement en Afrique. Véritable fléau, elle est ... [more ▼]

La contrefaçon de médicaments ets en constante progression, voire en pleine explosion. Chaque année, elle tue des centaines de milliers de personnes, principalement en Afrique. Véritable fléau, elle est de plus en plus souvent aux mains de réseaux transnationaux d'une profonde opacité. [less ▲]

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See detailMédicaments: Faux et usage de faux
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg et al

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La contrefaçon des médicaments est en constante progression, voire en pleine explosion. Chaque année, elle tue des centaines de milliers de personnes, principalement en Afrique. Véritable fléau, elle est ... [more ▼]

La contrefaçon des médicaments est en constante progression, voire en pleine explosion. Chaque année, elle tue des centaines de milliers de personnes, principalement en Afrique. Véritable fléau, elle est de plus en plus souvent aux mains de réseaux transnationaux d'une profonde opacité. [less ▲]

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See detailFalsification des médicaments: Est-il possible d'améliorer la puissance des outils de détection ?
Ziemons, Eric ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

La mise sur le marché de médicaments falsifiés est une réalité dont on imagine rarement l’importance et la nuisance : on estime pourtant que ce marché rapporte plus que le trafic de drogue et il arrive ... [more ▼]

La mise sur le marché de médicaments falsifiés est une réalité dont on imagine rarement l’importance et la nuisance : on estime pourtant que ce marché rapporte plus que le trafic de drogue et il arrive que localement, des produits falsifiés soient plus nombreux que les produits originaux (cas des anti-malariques au Congo). La lutte contre la falsification s’est d’abord focalisée sur les emballages et les identificateurs tels que les codes-barres, qui aujourd’hui ne garantissent plus le contenu du médicament vu les progrès réalisés par les organisations criminelles en matière de reproduction d’emballage. La solution sûre consiste donc à analyser, sur place, la composition du produit à travers l’emballage et à comparer le résultat à la «carte d’identité» du médicament établie par le producteur. Les besoins portent donc sur des instruments d’analyse portables et capables de dialoguer à distance avec des banques de données de «cartes d’identité». Ceux-ci requièrent une approche pluridisciplinaire impliquant notamment des micro-électroniciens et des informaticiens. [less ▲]

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See detailThorough characterization of a Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery System with Raman hyperspectral imaging: A case study.
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2015), 484

Newly developed drugs often have poor bioavailability due to their poor water solubility (BCS class 2 drugs). It is therefore necessary to develop new strategies to enhance their solubility and their ... [more ▼]

Newly developed drugs often have poor bioavailability due to their poor water solubility (BCS class 2 drugs). It is therefore necessary to develop new strategies to enhance their solubility and their activity, among which, Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery System (SEDDS). The efficacy of the drugs contained in these preparations is mainly affected by the solid state and the particle size of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). However, it is quite complex, long and expensive to characterize these parameters with classical techniques such as X-Ray powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry or hot stage microscopy. The present article presents, through a case study, the advantages of the Raman hyperspectral imaging in the characterization of such formulations. Indeed, Raman chemical imaging may fully characterize SEDDS with single equipment and operator in a non-destructive way allowing the follow-up of the formulation during stability studies. Raman imaging is therefore a tool of choice in the PAT framework since it increases the knowledge of the formulation and the process. A quantitative multivariate method using Raman hyperspectral imaging to assay the API in the lipid based formulation has been developed and fully validated following the “total error” approach. [less ▲]

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