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Determination of flunitrazepam and its metabolites in blood by high-performance liquid chromatography–atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier B.V.
Publication Date
Volume
713
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0378-4347(98)00207-2
Keywords
  • Flunitrazepam
  • 7-Aminoflunitrazepam
  • N-Desmethylflunitrazepam
  • 3-Hydroxyflunitrazepam
Disciplines
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology

Abstract

Abstract A selective assay of flunitrazepam (F) and its metabolites 7-aminoflunitrazepam (7-AF), N-desmethylflunitrazepam (N-DF) and 3-hydroxyflunitrazepam (3-OHF) with liquid chromatography–atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry (LC–APCI-MS, positive ions) is described. The drugs were isolated from serum, blood or urine using a solid-phase extraction procedure previously applied to various drugs of abuse. F-d 3 and 7-AF-d 3 were used as internal standards. The drugs were separated on ODS column in acetonitrile–50 m M ammonium formate buffer, pH 3.0 (45:55, v/v). After analysis of mass spectra taken in full scan mode, a selected-ion monitoring detection was applied with following ions: m/ z 284 (7-AF and F), 287 (7-AF-d 3 and F-d 3), 314 (F), 300 (N-DF and 3-OHF), 317 (F-d 3), 330 (3-OHF). The limits of detection were: 0.2 μg/l for F and 7-AF, 1 μg/l for N-DF and 3-OHF. The method was linear in the range 1–500 μg/l, the recoveries ranged from 92 to 99%. The method was applied for determination of F and metabolites in clinical and forensic samples. LC–APCI-MS seems to be a method of choice for these compounds.

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