A Terbium Sensitized Luminescence Method for the Assay of Flubiprofen in Pharmaceutical Formulations

Salma M.Z. Al-Kindy, Arwa Al-Ghazali, Fakhr Eldin O. Suliman, Haidar A.J. Al-Lawati


A sensitive time-resolved luminescence method for the determination of flubiprofen (FLP) in methanol and in aqueous solution is described. The method is based on the luminescence sensitization of terbium (Tb3+ ) by the formation of a ternary complex with FLP in the presence of 4,7 diphenyl 1,10 phenanthroline (DPP) as co-ligand, and Tween-20 as surfactant. The signal for Tb-FLP-DPP was monitored at λex  = 285 nm and λem  = 552 nm. Optimum conditions for the formation of the complex in an aqueous system were TRIS buffer, pH 8.0, DPP (2.5Å~10−7  M), Tween-20 (0.30%) and 4Å~10-5  mol L-1  of Tb3+  which allowed the determination of 20–1000 ng mL-1  of FLP with a limit of detection (LOD) of 10 ng mL-1 . The relative standard deviations of the method ranged between 0.6 and 1.4% indicating excellent reproducibility of the method. The proposed method was successfully applied for the assays of FLP in pharmaceutical formulations and spiked tap water samples with average recoveries of 87% – 95%.



Flurbiprofen; Terbium; Sensitized luminescence; Drug formulation.

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