Determination of piracetam in rat plasma by LC-MS/MS and its application to pharmacokinetics.Biomed Chromatogr. 2010 Oct; 24(10):1108-12.BC
A sensitive and selective liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of piracetam in rat plasma was developed and validated over the concentration range of 0.1-20 µg/mL. After addition of oxiracetam as internal standard, a simplified protein precipitation with trichloroacetic acid (5%) was employed for the sample preparation. Chromatographic separation was performed by a Zorbax SB-Aq column (150 × 2.1 mm, 3.5 µm). The mobile phase was acetonitrile-1% formic acid in water (10:90 v/v) delivered at a flow rate of 0.3 mL/min. The MS data acquisition was accomplished in multiple reaction monitoring mode with a positive electrospray ionization interface. The lower limit of quantification was 0.1 µg/mL. For inter-day and intra-day tests, the precision (RSD) for the entire validation was less than 9%, and the accuracy was within the 94.6-103.2% range. The developed method was successfully applied to pharmacokinetic studies of piracetam in rats following single oral administration dose of 50 mg/kg.