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A Novel HPLC Method for Simultaneous Determination of Methyl, Ethyl, n-propyl, Isopropyl, n-butyl, Isobutyl and Benzyl Paraben in Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics

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Saniye Özcan, Serkan Levent and Nafiz Öncü Can*   Pages 1 - 19 ( 19 )

Abstract:


The alkyl esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid at the C-4 position, “the parabens,” including methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl, are widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Official regulations on the use of these compounds make their analysis essential for the estimation of their exposure. On this basis, the presented study was realized to develop a simple, selective and cheap high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the quantitative determination of methyl paraben (MP), ethyl paraben (EP), n-propyl paraben (NPP), isopropyl paraben (IPP), n-butyl paraben (NBP), isobutyl paraben (IBP) and benzyl paraben (BP) in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products. The chromatographic separation of the analytes was achieved under flow rate gradient elution conditions using a C18-bonded core-shell silica particle column (2.6 μm particle size, 150 × 3.0 mm from Phenomenex Co.). The samples were injected into the system as aliquots of 1.0 μL, and the compounds were detected by using a photodiode array detector set at 254 nm wavelength. With this technique, seven paraben derivatives can be determined in the concentration range of 250-2000 ng/mL. The recovery of the method is in the range of 99.95-13.84%, and the RSD is at a maximum value of 3.95%. The proposed method was fully validated and successfully applied to different pharmaceutical and cosmetic samples (n=16), including syrups, suspensions, oral sprays, gels, etc. At least one paraben derivative was detected in six of the samples, and was determined quantitatively. The maximum amount of a paraben derivative found in the analyzed samples is 321.7 ng/mL, which was MP. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first LC method, which is applicable both on pharmaceutical and cosmetic samples.

Keywords:

Core-shell column, Cosmetic product, Isomer separation, LC-DAD, Pharmaceutical product, P-hydroxybenzoic acid derivatives

Affiliation:

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Anadolu University, 26470, Eskisehir, Doping and Narcotic Compounds Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Pharmacy, Anadolu University, 26470, Eskisehir, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Anadolu University, 26470, Eskisehir



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