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Kirchhoff, Fabian; Maier, Barbara; Rieger, Christina; Ostermann, Helmut; Spoehrer, Ute; Vogeser, Michael (2012): An on-line solid phase extraction procedure for the routine quantification of caspofungin by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Vol. 50, No. 3: pp. 521-524


Background: Extensive sets of data are required to investigate the potential use of a therapeutic drug monitoring with individualization of dosage of the antimycotic compound caspofungin. The goal was to develop an improved liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for this aim. Methods: Following protein precipitation, on-line solid phase extraction was performed for sample preparation. As the internal standard compound the veterinary drug tylosin was used. A standard validation protocol was applied. Results: Good reproducibility and accuracy of the method were observed. On-line solid phase extraction resulted in a convenient work-flow and good robustness of the method. Conclusions: This improved LC-MS/MS method was found reliable and convenient. It can be suggested for further work on the clinical pharmacology of caspofungin in the setting of clinical research laboratories.