A simple and sensitive HPLC method is described for the determination of the nitrobenzodiazepines, nitrazepam, flunitrazepam and clonazepam and their respective 7-amino metabolites in post-mortem blood. Using a single-step extraction the nitrobenzodiazepines were recovered from 0.5 ml of blood using butyl chloride. The solvent was evaporated to dryness and the reconstituted residue injected onto an HPLC system. Separation was achieved using a phenyl-bonded reversed-phase column with an acetonitrile-phosphate buffer mobile phase. Ultraviolet detection (240 nm) was used for quantitation. A linear response was observed between 0.01 and 0.60 mg/l. Assay precision between and within assays was less than 20% for all analytes. The limits of detection ranged from 0.001 to 0.008 mg/l with a limit of quantitation of 0.01 mg/l for all analytes.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Chromatography B - Biomedical Applications|
|Publication status||Published - 5 May 1995|