Development of a validated HPLC method for the quantitative determination of trelagliptin succinate and its related substances in pharmaceutical dosage forms

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Trelagliptin succinate is a dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitor which is used as a new long-acting drug for once-weekly treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). In the present study, a rapid, sensitive and accurate high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed and validated for separation and determination of trelagliptin succinate and its eight potential process-related impurities. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Waters Xselect CSH™ C18 (250 mm × 4.6 mm, 5.0 μm) column. The mobile phases comprised of 0.05% trifluoroacetic acid in water as well as acetonitrile containing 0.05% trifluoroacetic acid. The compounds of interest were monitored at 224 nm and 275 nm. The stability-indicating capability of this method was evaluated by performing stress test studies. Trelagliptin succinate was found to degrade significantly in acid, base, oxidative and thermal stress conditions and only stable in photolytic degradation condition. The degradation products were well resolved from the main peak and its impurities. In addition, the major degradation impurities formed under acid, base, oxidative and thermal stress conditions were characterized by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with linear ion trap-Orbitrap tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-LTQ-Orbitrap). The method was validated to fulfill International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) requirements and this validation included specificity, linearity, limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), accuracy, precision and robustness. The developed method in this study could be applied for routine quality control analysis of trelagliptin succinate tablets, since there is no official monograph.

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