Liquid-chromatographic determination of pentobarbital in plasma with use of a resin column and an alkaline mobile phase. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Abstract We describe a liquid-chromatographic method involving a new, nonsilica column (XAD-2, Hamilton Co.) for pentobarbital in plasma. Plasma is extracted with chloroform after addition of the internal standard, 5-ethyl-5-p-tolyl-barbituric acid. Acidic drugs are back-extracted into alkali, then chromatographed on the resin-base reversed-phase column. The use of alkaline mobile phase allows enhanced sensitivity and detection of barbiturates at 240 nm. The within-run CV for 10 samples was 1.9%, the between-run CV 1.8%. Ten commonly used barbiturates are separated isocratically in less than 15 min. Other commonly prescribed acidic drugs do not interfere with determination of pentobarbital.

publication date

  • August 1, 1982