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See detailQuantitative determination of salbutamol sulfate impurities using achiral supercritical fluid chromatography
Dispas, Amandine ULg; Desfontaine, Vincent; Andri, Bertyl ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2017), 134

In the last years, supercritical fluid chromatography has largely been acknowledged as a singular and performing technique in the field of separation sciences. Recent studies highlighted the interest of ... [more ▼]

In the last years, supercritical fluid chromatography has largely been acknowledged as a singular and performing technique in the field of separation sciences. Recent studies highlighted the interest of SFC for the quality control of pharmaceuticals, especially in the case of the determination of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).Nevertheless, quality control requires also the determination of impurities. The objectives of the present work were to i) demonstrate the interest of SFC as a reference technique for the determination of impurities in salbutamol sulfate API and ii) to propose an alternative to a reference HPLC method from the European Pharmacopeia (EP) involving ionpairing reagent. Firstly, a screening was carried out to select the most adequate and selective stationary phase. Secondly, in the context of robust optimization strategy, the method was developed using design space methodology. The separation of salbutamol sulfate and related impurities was achieved in 7 minutes, which is seven times faster than the LC-UV method proposed by European Pharmacopeia (total run time of 50 minutes). Finally, full validation using accuracy profile approach was successfully achieved for the determination of impurities B, D, F and G in salbutamol sulfate raw material. The validated dosing range covered 50 to 150 % of the targeted concentration (corresponding to 0.3 % concentration level), LODs close to 0.5 μg/mL were estimated. The SFC method proposed in this study could be presented as a suitable fast alternative to EP LC method for the quantitative determination of salbutamol impurities. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of design space optimization strategy to the developmentof LC methods for simultaneous analysis of 18 antiretroviral medicinesand 4 major excipients used in various pharmaceutical formulations
Habyalimana, Védaste ULg; Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie ULg; Yemoa, Loconon ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2017), 139

tAs one of the world’s most significant public health challenges in low- and middle-income countries,HIV/AIDS deserves to be treated with appropriate medicines, however which are not spared from coun ... [more ▼]

tAs one of the world’s most significant public health challenges in low- and middle-income countries,HIV/AIDS deserves to be treated with appropriate medicines, however which are not spared from coun-terfeiting. For that, we developed screening and specific HPLC methods that can analyze 18 antiretroviralmedicines (ARV) and 4 major excipients. Design of experiments and design space methodology wereinitially applied for 15 ARV and the 4 excipients with prediction thanks to Monte Carlo simulations andfocusing on rapidity and affordability thus using short column and low cost organic solvent (methanol)in gradient mode with 10 mM buffer solutions of ammonium hydrogen carbonate. Two other specificmethods dedicated to ARV in liquid and in solid dosage formulations were also predicted and opti-mized. We checked the ability of one method for the analysis of a fixed-dose combination composedby emtricitabine/tenofovir/efavirenz in tablet formulations. Satisfying validation results were obtainedby applying the total error approach taking into account the accuracy profile as decision tool. Then, thevalidated method was applied to test two samples coded A and B, and claimed to contain the tested ARV.Assay results were satisfying only for sample B. [less ▲]

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See detailMoisture content determination in an antibody-drug conjugate freeze-dried medicine by near-infrared spectroscopy: a case study for release testing
Clavaud, Matthieu ULg; Roggo, Yves; Dégardin, Klara et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2016), 131

The use of Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as a fast and non-destructive technique was employed for moisture content (MC) determination in Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) in replacement to Karl Fischer ... [more ▼]

The use of Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as a fast and non-destructive technique was employed for moisture content (MC) determination in Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) in replacement to Karl Fischer (KF) method. The lab analysis of ADCs, high potent medicines, should be performed in conditions ensuring the operator’s safety and using secured analytical tools like NIRS. A NIRS method was first developed and validated in compliance with current guidelines. The novelty of this work first lies in the large number of samples prepared for a wide moisture calibration range of 0.51% to 4.01%. Then, the classical Partial Least Square (PLS) regression was used as chemometric tool for the computation of the model. Excellent predictive calibration results were shown. A coefficient of correlation (r) value of 0.99 was obtained. An intercept value of 0.02 and a slope of 0.99 were observed, while the root mean square error of calibration (RMSEC) and the root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) were respectively 0.10% and 0.12%. In addition, instrumentation, model performances and robustness of the method were evaluated, demonstrating the validation results. Calibration transfer issue and impact of the number of samples were also evaluated. Consequently, a validation strategy was introduced as a basis for submission to the health authorities’ for release and stability activities in a cGMP environment in replacement of the KF method. [less ▲]

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See detailFingerprinting and validation of a LC-DAD method for the analysis of biflavanones in Garcinia kola-based antimalarial improved traditional medicines
Tshisekedi Tshibangu, Pascal ULg; Mutwale Kapepula, Paulin ULg; Kabongo Kapinga, Marie Josée et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2016), 128(2016), 382-390

African populations use traditional medicines in their initial attempt to treat a range of diseases. Nevertheless, accurate knowledge of the composition of these drugs remains a challenge in terms of ... [more ▼]

African populations use traditional medicines in their initial attempt to treat a range of diseases. Nevertheless, accurate knowledge of the composition of these drugs remains a challenge in terms of ensuring the health of population and in order to advance towards improved traditional medicines (ITMs). In this paper chromatographic methods were developed for qualitative and quantitative analyses of a per os antimalarial ITM containing Garcinia kola. The identified analytical markers were used to establish TLC and HPLC fingerprints. G. kola seeds were analysed by HPLC to confirm the identity of the extract used by the Congolese manufacturer in the ITM. The main compounds (GB1, GB2, GB-1a and Kolaflavanone) were isolated by preparative TLC and identified by UPLC–MS and NMR. For the quantification of the major compound GB1, a simple and rapid experimental design was applied to develop an LC method, and then its validation was demonstrated using the total error strategy with the accuracy profile as a decision tool. The accurate results were observed within 0.14–0.45 mg/mL range of GB1 expressed as naringenin. The extracts used in several batches of the analysed oral solutions contained GB1 (expressed as naringenin) within 2.04–2.43%. Both the fingerprints and the validated LC-DAD were found suitable for the quality control of G. kolabased raw material and finished products, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening study of SFC critical method parameters for the determination of pharmaceutical compounds
Dispas, Amandine ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2016), 125

Nowadays, supercritical fluid chromatography is commonly presented as a promising alternative technique in the field of separation sciences. Nevertheless the selection of chromatographic conditions and ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, supercritical fluid chromatography is commonly presented as a promising alternative technique in the field of separation sciences. Nevertheless the selection of chromatographic conditions and sample preparation of pharmaceutical compounds remain a challenge and peak distortion was previously highlighted. The main objective of the present work was to evaluate the impact of different critical method parameters (CMPs), i.e. stationary phase, mobile phase composition and injection solvent nature. The experiments were performed considering two groups of antimalarial molecules: one group with neutral/apolar compounds and the other one with salt form of polar compounds. In this context, another objective was to propose a suitable sample solvent for quantitative analysis. The interest of new generation stationary phase to obtain good peak shape and the interest to tune the mobile phase composition were demonstrated. During this study, design of experiments and desirability function approach enabled to highlight optimal chromatographic conditions in order to maximise peak capacity and to get acceptable value of symmetry factor. Regarding sample injection solvent composition, some counterintuitive results were observed: solvents closer to the mobile phase polarity (i.e heptane or 2-propanol/heptane mixture) did not provide best results in terms of peak symmetry. In addition, acetonitrile and short aliphatic alcohols offered an interesting alternative as injection solvent: toxicity of solvents used is clearly reduced and better quantitative performances could be expected while keeping high peak capacity and symmetric sharp peaks. Finally, the quantitative performances were evaluated by the method validation for the quantitative determination of quinine sulfate in a pharmaceutical formulation. These better understandings on critical method parameters led SFC to be an even more promising technique in the field of the analysis of pharmaceutical compounds. [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 detailSimultaneous determination of insulin and its analogues in pharmaceutical formulations by micellar electrokinetic chromatography
Lamalle, Caroline ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; RADERMECKER, Régis ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015)

A simple and efficient MEKC method was developed to simultaneously determine human insulin, its five analogues, the main degradation products and the excipients usually present in injection formulations ... [more ▼]

A simple and efficient MEKC method was developed to simultaneously determine human insulin, its five analogues, the main degradation products and the excipients usually present in injection formulations. A very fast method with a total analysis time of 3 min was then successfully validated for the analysis of human insulin and the quality control of different commercial formulations was carried out. [less ▲]

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See detailReply to "a model lacking relevant literature comparison".
Wang, T.; Feng, Y.; Zhao, X. et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2015), 104

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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 (2014), 101

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 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 detailImprovement of a stability-indicating method by Quality-by-Design versus Quality-by-Testing: A case of a learning process
Hubert, Cédric ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Houari, Sabah ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 88

The understanding of the method is a major concern when developing a stability-indicating method and even more so when dealing with impurity assays from complex matrices. In the presented case study, a ... [more ▼]

The understanding of the method is a major concern when developing a stability-indicating method and even more so when dealing with impurity assays from complex matrices. In the presented case study, a Quality-by-Design approach was applied in order to optimize a routinely used method. An analytical issue occurring at the last stage of a long-term stability study involving unexpected impurities perturbing the monitoring of characterized impurities needed to be resolved. A compliant Quality-by-Design (QbD) methodology based on a Design of Experiments (DoE) approach was evaluated within the framework of a Liquid Chromatography (LC) method. This approach allows the investigation of Critical Process Parameters (CPPs), which have an impact on Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs) and, consequently, on LC selectivity. Using polynomial regression response modeling as well as Monte Carlo simulations for error propagation, Design Space (DS) was computed in order to determine robust working conditions for the developed stability-indicating method. This QbD compliant development was conducted in two phases allowing the use of the Design Space knowledge acquired during the first phase to define the experimental domain of the second phase, which constitutes a learning process. The selected working condition was then fully validated using accuracy profiles based on statistical tolerance intervals in order to evaluate the reliability of the results generated by this LC/ESI-MS stability-indicating method. A comparison was made between the traditional Quality-by-Testing (QbT) approach and the QbD strategy, highlighting the benefit of this QbD strategy in the case of an unexpected impurities issue. On this basis, the advantages of a systematic use of the QbD methodology were discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a liquid chromatographic method for thesimultaneous quantification of curcumin, -arteether,tetrahydrocurcumin and dihydroartemisinin. Application to lipid-based formulations
Memvanga Bondo, Patrick; Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 88

A liquid chromatographic method was developed for the simultaneous separation of curcumin, B-arteether, tetrahydrocurcumin and dihydroartemisinin based on the design of experiments and the design space ... [more ▼]

A liquid chromatographic method was developed for the simultaneous separation of curcumin, B-arteether, tetrahydrocurcumin and dihydroartemisinin based on the design of experiments and the design space methodology. The influence of the percentage of organic modifier, flow rate of the mobile phase and column temperature on the analytes separation was investigated. The optimal chromatographic separation was achieved on a C18 column (125 mm × 4 mm, 5 µm) using an isocratic elution with a mobile phase consisting of methanol:ammonium acetate (pH 4; 10 mM) (80/20, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.45 ml/min and a column temperature of 32.5◦C. This method was then validated for simultaneous quantification of curcumin and B -arteether contained in lipid-based formulations taking into account the B -expectation tolerance interval for the total error measurement. Finally, the suitability of the proposed liquid chromatographic method for routine analysis of curcumin and B -arteether loaded in lipid-based formulations has been proven. [less ▲]

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See detailRobust method optimization strategy – a useful tool for method transfer: the case of SFC
Dispas, Amandine ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Andri, Bertyl ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 88

The concept of Quality by Design (QbD) is now well established in pharmaceutical industry and should be applied to the development of any analytical methods. In this context, the key concept of Design ... [more ▼]

The concept of Quality by Design (QbD) is now well established in pharmaceutical industry and should be applied to the development of any analytical methods. In this context, the key concept of Design Space (DS) was introduced in the field of analytical method optimization. In chromatographic words, the DS is the space of chromatographic conditions that will ensure the quality of peaks separation, thus DS is a zone of robustness. In the present study, the interest of robust method optimization strategy was investigated in the context of direct method transfer from sending to receiving laboratory. The benefit of this approach is to speed up the method life cycle by performing only one quantitative validation step in the final environment of method use. A Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) method previously developed was used as a case study in this work. Moreover, the interest of geometric transfer was investigated simultaneously in order to stress a little bit more the transfer exercise and, by the way, emphasize the additional benefit of DS strategy in this particular context. Three successful transfers were performed on two column geometries. In order to compare original and transferred methods, the observed relative retention times (RT) were modelled as a function of the predicted relative RT and of the method type (original or transferred). The observed relative RT of the original and transferred methods are not statistically different and thus the method transfer is successfully achieved thanks to the robust optimization strategy. Furthermore, the analytical method was improved considering analysis time (reduced five times) and peak capacity (increased three times). To conclude, the advantage of using a DS strategy implemented for the optimization and transfer of SFC method was successfully demonstrated in this work. [less ▲]

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See detailLiposome electrokinetic chromatography based in vitro model for early screening of the drug-induced phospholipidosis risk.
Wang, Tingting; Feng, Ying; Jin, Xiaohan et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2014), 96

Drug-induced phospholipidosis (PLD) is a storage disorder of lysosomes characterized by the excessive accumulation of phospholipids as a result of improper medical treatments. Although few evidences have ... [more ▼]

Drug-induced phospholipidosis (PLD) is a storage disorder of lysosomes characterized by the excessive accumulation of phospholipids as a result of improper medical treatments. Although few evidences have supported that PLD can induce significant pathological consequences, this potential toxicity indeed can put off the drug discovery process. In this research, a high-throughput liposome electrokinetic chromatography (LEKC) method was validated to evaluate the PLD risk of drug candidates by screening drug-phospholipid interaction, which correlates to the phospholipidosis inducing risk. A statistical analysis based on the Spearman's correlation test showed that the retention factors (log k) of the tested drugs in the LEKC system and the literature reported in vivo and in vitro PLD data were highly correlated. In order to investigate the predictability of LEKC, the effect of liposome composition such as the molar ratio of phospholipids and the addition of cholesterol were also discussed in this study. The results indicated that the LEKC method could offer a fast, reliable and cost-effective screening tool for early prediction of the PLD inducing potential of drug candidates. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of an innovative design space optimization strategy to thedevelopment of LC methods for the simultaneous screening of antibiotics to combat poor quality medicines
Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2013), 85

The poor quality of medicines is a crucial problem of public health. Therefore, it is important to haveanalytical tools to attend decisions of the legal authorities while combating this offense. In this ... [more ▼]

The poor quality of medicines is a crucial problem of public health. Therefore, it is important to haveanalytical tools to attend decisions of the legal authorities while combating this offense. In this context,the main objective of this study was to develop generic methods able to trace, screen and determineseveral antibiotics and common associated molecules by mean of liquid chromatographic techniques.For that purpose, an innovative Design Space optimization strategy was applied, targeting 16 antibioticsand 3 beta-lactamase inhibitors. The robustness of the developed method allowed using its use in anenvironment where operational factors such as temperature are not easy to control and eased its trans-fer to Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography. To demonstrate its ability to quantify the targetedmolecules, the developed and transferred method was fully validated for two active ingredients com-monly used in association, sulbactam and ceftriaxone, using the accuracy profile as decision tool. Basedon this successful step, the method was then used for the quantitative determination of these two activeingredients in three pharmaceutical brands marketed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two out ofthe three pharmaceutical products did not comply with the specifications [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the residual solvent content of counterfeit tablets and capsules
Deconinck, Eric; Canfyn, Michael; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2013), 81-82

A group of counterfeit samples of Viagra® and Cialis® were screened for their residual solvent content and compared to the content of the genuine products. It was observed that all counterfeit samples had ... [more ▼]

A group of counterfeit samples of Viagra® and Cialis® were screened for their residual solvent content and compared to the content of the genuine products. It was observed that all counterfeit samples had higher residual solvent contents compared to the genuine products. A more diverse range of residual solvents was found as well as higher concentrations. In general these concentrations did not exceed the international imposed maximum limits. Only in a few samples the limits were exceeded. A Projection Pursuit analysis revealed clusters of samples with similar residual solvent content, possibly enabling some future perspectives in forensic research. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementation of a Design Space Approach for Enantiomeric Separations in Polar Organic Solvent Chromatography
Nistor, Iolanda; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Ceccato, Attilio ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2013), 74

This paper focuses on implementing a Design Space approach and on the critical process parameters (CPPs) to consider when applying the Quality by Design (QbD) concepts outlined in ICH Q8(R2), Q9 and Q10 ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on implementing a Design Space approach and on the critical process parameters (CPPs) to consider when applying the Quality by Design (QbD) concepts outlined in ICH Q8(R2), Q9 and Q10 to analytical method development and optimization for three chiral compounds developed as modulators of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels. In this sense, an HPLC method using a polysaccharide-based stationary phase containing a cellulose tris (4-chloro-3-methylphenylcarbamate) chiral selector in polar organic solvent chromatography mode was considered. The effects of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and n-hexane concentration in an acetonitrile (MeCN) mobile phase were investigated under a wide range of column temperatures. Good correlations were found between the observed data obtained after using a central composite design and the expected chromatographic behaviours predicted by applying the design of experiments-design space (DoE-DS) methodology. The critical quality attribute represented here by the separation criterion (Scrit) allowed assessing the quality of the enantioseparation. Baseline separation for the compounds of interest in an analysis time of less than 20 minutes was possible due to the original and powerful tools applied which facilitated an enhanced method comprehension. Finally, the advantage of the DoE-DS approach resides in granting the possibility to concurrently assess robustness and identify the optimal conditions which are compound dependent. [less ▲]

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