A direct plasma injection liquid chromatographic method has been developed for the determination of a new triazole antifungal agent, voriconazole, using an internal surface reversed phase column. Therapeutic drug monitoring of voriconazole is relevant for patient management, especially in the case of drug-drug interaction. The method is easy to perform and requires 10 microL of a plasma sample. The chromatographic run time is less than 9 min using a mobile phase of 17:83 v/v acetonitrile-potassium dihydrogen phosphate buffer, 100 mM, pH 6.0 and UV detection at 255 nm. The fl ow rate was 1 microL/min. A linear response was observed over the concentration range 0.5-10 microg/mL (r2 = 0.977). A good accuracy (bias < or = 7.5%) was achieved for all quality controls, with intra-day and inter-day variation coefficients inferior to 6.7%. The lower limit of quantitation was 0.2 microg/mL, without interference of endogenous components. The stability of voriconazole in plasma stored at different temperatures was checked. Finally, the possibility of direct injection of plasma samples into the column permits a reduction in reagent consumption and in analytical steps, and hence in analytical error.
2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.