Development and validation of stability indicating the RP-HPLC method for the estimation of related compounds of guaifenesin in pharmaceutical dosage forms


Author(s): Sunil Pingili Reddy, K. Sudhakar Babu, Navneet Kumar, and Y. V. V. Sasi Sekhar

Aim and background: A stability-indicating gradient reverse phase liquid chromatographic (RP-LC) method was developed for the quantitative determination of related substances of guaifenesin in pharmaceutical formulations. Materials and methods: The baseline separation for guaifenesin and all impurities was achieved by utilizing a Water Symmetry C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm) 5 µm column particle size and a gradient elution method. The mobile phase A contains a mixture of 0.02 M KH2PO4 (pH 3.2) and methanol in the ratio of 90:10 v/v, while the mobile phase B contains 0.02 M KH2PO4 (pH 3.2) and methanol in the ratio of 10:90 v/v, respectively. The flow rate of the mobile phase was 0.8 ml/min with a column temperature of 25°C and detection wavelength at 273 nm. Results: Guaifenesin was subjected to the stress conditions of oxidative, acid, base, hydrolytic, thermal, and photolytic degradation. Conclusion: The developed method was validated as per ICH guidelines with respect to specificity, linearity, limit of detection and quantification, accuracy, precision, and robustness