Critical practical aspects in the application of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric studies for the characterization of impurities and degradation products.J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2014 Jan; 87:191-217.JP
Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is considered today as a mainstay tool for the structure characterization of minor components like impurities (IMPs) and degradation products (DPs) in drug substances and products. A multi-step systematic strategy for the purpose involves high resolution mass and multi-stage mass studies on both the drug and IMPs/DPs, followed by comparison of their fragmentation profiles. Its successful application requires consideration of many practical aspects at each step. The same are critically discussed in this review.