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Screening and determination of sibutramine in adulterated herbal slimming supplements by HPTLC-UV densitometry

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Ankli, Anita
Reich, Eike
Published in Food Additives and Contaminants. A. 2013
Abstract The adulteration of herbal supplements is of growing importance, especially when they contain undeclared compounds like sibutramine that are unsafe drugs. Sibutramine was withdrawn from US and European markets in 2010. In this study, an HPTLC-UV densitometric method was developed for the quantification of sibutramine in herbal diet foods. Sample extracts were directly applied onto HPTLC silica gel plates and separated with a mobile phase made of a toluene-methanol mixture. Sibutramine was quantified at 225 nm and its unequivocal identification was confirmed by mass spectrometry using a TLC-MS interface. During two surveys, 52 weight loss supplements obtained via the Internet were screened. Half of those were adulterated with sibutramine at amounts reaching up to 35 mg per capsule. The results of this validated HPTLC method were compared with those obtained by HPLC-UV and HPLC-MS/MS. The concentrations were not significantly different with the three methods.
Keywords Herbal slimming supplementsWeight lossSibutramineAdulterationHPTLCDensitogram
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MATHON, Caroline et al. Screening and determination of sibutramine in adulterated herbal slimming supplements by HPTLC-UV densitometry. In: Food Additives and Contaminants. A, 2013. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:32025

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