Application of a sensitive liquid chromatographic/tandem mass spectrometric method to pharmacokinetic study of nalmefene in humans.J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2007 Jun 01; 852(1-2):479-84.JC
A sensitive, specific and rapid liquid chromatographic/tandem mass spectrometric (LC/MS/MS) method was developed and validated for quantification of nalmefene in human plasma. An aliquot of 200 microL plasma sample was simply precipitated by 400 microL methanol. Separation of nalmefene and the internal standard hydromorphone from the interferences was achieved on a C(18) column followed by MS/MS detection. The analytes were monitored in the positive ionization mode with a TurboIonspray source. The method had a total chromatographic run time of 4.5 min and linear calibration curves over the concentration range of 10-5000 pg/mL. The lower limit of quantification (LLOQ) was 10 pg/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision was less than 10.1% determined from QC samples at concentrations of 30, 300 and 4500 pg/mL, and the accuracy was within +/-3.4%. As the method was more sensitive (10 times higher) than those reported previously, we investigated the pharmacokinetics of nalmefene in healthy volunteers after a single intravenous injection of low dose (30 microg) of nalmefene hydrochloride for the first time.