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Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty in the Microbiological Assay of Vancomycin from Methodology Validation Data

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Methodology validation and measurement uncertainty estimation are fundamental to obtain reliable results. The microbiological methods are widely used to determine antibiotic assay, as they permit evaluation of the analyzed antibiotic activity. A microbiological assay of vancomycin was performed with adoption of experimental design 5 1 (interpolation in 5-point standard curve assay) with final concentrations from 6.4 to 15.6 g/mL (standards) and 10.0 g/mL (sample). Bacillus subtitlis (ATCC 6633) was the microorganism used, with antibiotic medium No. 8 as base layer and inoculated layer. The plates were incubated at 37C for 18 h. The method adopted for the microbiological assay of vancomycin through agar diffusion was validated according to statistic results demonstrated for suitability of the method concerning linearity, precision, and accuracy. The estimated relative expanded uncertainty (4.3) was considered adequate for this method purpose.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of So Paulo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Department of Pharmacy, So Paulo, Brazil.

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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