• Puran Singhal Kadi Sarva Vishwavidhyalaya
  • Priyanka A. Shah Gujarat University
  • Jaivik V. Shah Gujarat University
  • Mallika Sanyal St. Xavier’s College
  • Pranav S. Shrivastav Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009, Gujarat, India


Lapatinib, Lapatinib-d4, Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, Human plasma, Sensitive, High-throughput


Objective: The work presents a sensitive, selective and rapid determination of lapatinib, a potent anticancer drug in human plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

Methods: Liquid-liquid extraction of lapatinib and lapatinib-d4, added as an internal standard (IS) was carried out from 100 µl plasma sample. Chromatographic analysis was performed on ACE C18 (100 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 µm) column using 10 mmol ammonium formate buffer (pH 3.5) and acetonitrile (10:90, v/v) as the mobile phase. The precursor ion → product ion transitions for lapatinib (m/z 581.1 → 365.2) and IS (m/z 585.1 → 365.0) were monitored on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer in the positive electrospray ionization mode. The method was validated in accordance with the US FDA guidelines.

Results: A linear concentration range was established from 2.50-2500 ng/ml for lapatinib. The intra-batch and inter-batch precision were ≤ 4.81 %. The recovery of lapatinib and IS from plasma samples ranged from 88.7 to 95.8 % and 85.9 to 96.5 % respectively. The accuracy and precision (% CV) for the stability of lapatinib under different storage conditions showed a variation from 95.2 to 102.2 % and 1.19 to 4.35 % respectively at low and high QC levels. Under optimized chromatographic conditions, the retention time for lapatinib was 1.406 min with a total run time of 2.5 min for each sample.

Conclusion: The validation results demonstrate that the method is simple, accurate, precise and reproducible. The developed method can be readily used for pharmacokinetics/bioequivalence studies in patients as well as healthy subjects.



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How to Cite

Singhal, P., P. A. Shah, J. V. Shah, M. Sanyal, and P. S. Shrivastav. “SENSITIVE AND RAPID ESTIMATION OF LAPATINIB, AN ANTICANCER DRUG IN SPIKED HUMAN PLASMA BY LC-MS/MS”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 8, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 214-20,



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