The purpose of this research was to demonstrate the ability of reflectance near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy for quantitative analysis of an active ingredient in different production steps of a solid formulation. The drug is quantified at two different steps of a pharmaceutical process: after granulation and after tablet coating. Calibration samples were prepared by mixing pure drug, excipients, and batch samples (75-120 mg/g active ingredient) using a simple methodology that can be easily carried out in a laboratory. Partial least squares calibration models were calculated in second-derivative mode using the wavelength range 1,134-1,798 nm. The error of prediction for granulated samples was 1.01% and 1.63% for tablets. The results prove that NIR spectroscopy is a good alternative to other, more time-consuming means of analysis for pharmaceutical process monitoring. © American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 2008.
|Publication status||Published - 14 Nov 2008|
- API determination
- NIR spectroscopy
- PLS calibration
- Tablet content uniformity