Journal Highlight: Determination of the anti-viral drug Ribavirin in dosage forms via micelle-enhanced spectrofluorimetric method

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  • Published: May 7, 2013
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Determination of the anti-viral drug Ribavirin in dosage forms via micelle-enhanced spectrofluorimetric method

Luminescence, 2013, 28, 190-194
Nawal A. Alarfaj, Maha F. El-Tohamy

A simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the determination of Ribavirin in pharmaceutical formulations, based on its fluorescence spectral behaviour in a sodium dodecyl sulfate micellar system.

Abstract: A simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the determination of Ribavirin in pharmaceutical formulations. The proposed method was based on the fluorescence spectral behaviour of Ribavirin in a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micellar system. In an aqueous acetate buffer solution of pH 4.0, the fluorescence intensity of Ribavirin was significantly enhanced by about 217% in the presence of SDS. Fluorescence intensity was measured at 396 nm after excitation at 270 nm for Ribavirin. The fluorescence-concentration plot was rectilinear over the range of 0.01-3.0 µg/mL for Ribavirin with a lower detection limit of 5.02 x 10-3 µg/mL. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of the drug in its commercial capsules. Results were in good agreement with those obtained with the official method. The application of the proposed method was extended to stability studies of Ribavirin after exposure to different forced degradation conditions such as acidic, alkaline, photo and oxidative conditions according to ICH guidelines.

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