An HPLC/MS/MS method was developed for the simultaneous determination of the following benzimidazole anthelmintics and metabolites in plasma: flubendazole, albendazole, fenbendazole, mebendazole, thiabendazole, hydrolyzed flubendazole, albendazole sulfoxide, albendazole sulfone, albendazole
aminosulfone, oxfendazole, fenbendazole sulfone, aminomebendazole, hydroxymebendazole, and 5-hydroxythiabendazole. The sample preparation process involved a pH-dependent extraction of the analytes. Chromatographic separation was performed on a C18 column with a mobile phase gradient
starting with methanol–water (20 + 80, v/v) containing 0.1% formic acid. The overall average recoveries of the analytes based on a matrix-matched calibration ranged from 75.0 to 120.0%, with RSD values of <20.0%. The LODs ranged from 0.08 to 2.0 μg/kg and the LOQs from 0.3 to 5.0
μg/kg. The validated method was used in pharmacokinetic studies of benzimidazole compounds in rabbits, and the elimination of the metabolites was measured quantitatively.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2011
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