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Inflammopharmacology ; 29(6): 1795-1805, 2021 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1505910


Hydroxychloroquine has attracted attention in the treatment of COVID-19. Many conflicting findings have been reported regarding the efficacy and safety of this drug, which has been used safely in the rheumatological diseases for years. However, these studies lacked measurement methods that allow accurate assessment of hydroxychloroquine and its metabolite levels. The aim of this study was to measure hydroxychloroquine and its metabolite levels in whole blood samples of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren's syndrome (SS) and scleroderma (Scl) by a robust, simple and accurate validated tandem mass spectrometric method, and to investigate the relationship between these levels with drug-related adverse effects and disease activity scores. The validated LC-MS/MS method was applied to measure blood hydroxychloroquine and its metabolite levels of patients with RA, SLE, SS, Scl. Various haematological and biochemical parameters were measured with Beckman-Coulter AU 5800 and Beckman Coulter LH 780 analyzers, respectively. QTc intervals were calculated with Bazett's formula, and the patients were followed up by clinicians in terms of clinical findings and adverse effects. Hydroxychloroquine levels of patients were similar to previous studies. There was a negative correlation between disease activity scores and hydroxychloroquine levels, while the highest correlation was between QTc interval, creatinine and GFR levels with desethylchloroquine. Bidetylchloroquine had the highest correlation with RBC count and liver function tests. Our findings showed that hydroxychloroquine and its metabolite levels were associated with disease activity scores, renal, hepatic function, QTc prolongation, and hematological parameters.

Antimalarials/adverse effects , Antimalarials/blood , COVID-19/complications , Connective Tissue Diseases/complications , Hydroxychloroquine/adverse effects , Hydroxychloroquine/blood , Adult , Aged , Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid , Creatinine/blood , Electrocardiography , Erythrocyte Count , Female , Glomerular Filtration Rate/drug effects , Humans , Kidney Function Tests , Liver Function Tests , Long QT Syndrome/chemically induced , Male , Middle Aged , Tandem Mass Spectrometry , Young Adult
J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci ; 1176: 122768, 2021 Jun 30.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1240421


Favipiravir is a broad-spectrum inhibitor of viral RNA polymerase. It is currently used as a possible treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pre-clinical or clinical trials of favipiravir require robust, sensitive, and accurate bioanalytical methods for quantitation of favipiravir levels. Recently, several studies have been reported about developing a validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for measuring favipiravir levels. However, these methods were validated predominantly for plasma samples, electrospray ionization was operated only in negative or positive mode, and clinical application of these methods has not been applied for patients with COVID-19. This study aimed was to develop a validated LC-MS/MS method for the measurement of favipiravir levels in positive and negative electrospray ionization mode and to perform a pilot study in patients with COVID-19 receiving favipiravir to demonstrate the applicability of this method in biological samples. Simple protein precipitation was used for the extraction of favipiravir from the desired matrix. Favipiravir levels were quantitated using MS / MS with an electrospray ionization source in positive and negative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. The chromatographic detection was performed on a reverse-phase Phenomenex C18 column (50 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 µm, 100 Å) with gradient elution using 0.1% formic acid in water and 0.1% formic acid in methanol as mobile phase. The method was linear over the concentration ranges of 0.048-50 µg/mL (in negative ionization mode) and 0.062-50 µg/mL (in positive ionization mode) with a correlation coefficient (r2) better than 0.998. The total run time was 3.5 min. The intra-assay and inter-assay %CV values were less than 7.2% and 8.0%, respectively. A simple, rapid and robust LC-MS / MS method was developed for the measurement of favipiravir and validation studies were performed. The validated method was successfully applied for drug level measurement in COVID-19 patients receiving favipiravir.

Amides/blood , COVID-19/drug therapy , Chromatography, Liquid/methods , Pyrazines/blood , Tandem Mass Spectrometry/methods , Amides/administration & dosage , Amides/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , Antiviral Agents/blood , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/blood , Drug Stability , Humans , Limit of Detection , Pyrazines/administration & dosage , Pyrazines/therapeutic use , Sensitivity and Specificity , Spectrometry, Mass, Electrospray Ionization/methods