Multiplexed therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of antiviral drugs by LC–MS/MS

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Background: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) can be a useful tool in the clinical management of anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) drugs. Methods for the determination of various types of anti-HCV drugs in biological samples are, therefore, needed for clinical laboratories. Objective: In this work, employing the LC–MS/MS approach, we aimed to develop a multiplexed method for identification of the following anti-HCV drugs: Ribavirin (RBV), Boceprevir (BOC), Telaprevir (TVR), Simeprevir (SIM), Daclatasvir (DAC), Sofosbuvir (SOF) and its metabolite GS 331007 (SOFM) in liquid plasma and in dried plasma spots (DPSs). Method: A single-step extractive-deproteinization was employed for both liquid plasma and DPSs. Reverse-phase liquid chromatography coupled with MRM detection was developed for multiplexed drug detection and quantification. Results: Sensitivities (expressed as LOQ) were 10 (±1.2), 10 (±4.9), 10 (±4.4), 10 (±4.4), 10 (±6.4), 10 (±3.4), 10 (±6.4) ng/ml for RBV, SOFM, SOF, DAC, BOC, TVR, and SIM, respectively; accuracy (expressed as BIAS%) was <10% for all drugs; reproducibility (intra- and inter-day CV%) was <10% for all drugs; dynamic range was 10–10,000 ng/ml for all drugs. Conclusions: A novel, simple, rapid and robust LC–MS/MS multiplex assay for the TDM of various anti-HCV drugs that are currently in the clinic was successfully developed. Application to DPS samples enabled TDM to be used for outpatients as well.




Conti, M., Matulli Cavedagna, T., Ramazzotti, E., Mancini, R., Calza, L., Rinaldi, M., … Verucchi, G. (2018). Multiplexed therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of antiviral drugs by LC–MS/MS. Clinical Mass Spectrometry, 7, 6–17.

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