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J Pharm Biomed Anal 2012 Aug;67-68:22-7

A multidisciplinary approach for the analysis of an adulterated dietary supplement where the active pharmaceutical ingredient was embedded in the capsule shell.

Lanzarotta A, Crowe JB, Witkowski M, Gamble BM


Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) microspectroscopic imaging, Raman microspectroscopy, optical microscopy and high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric (LC/MS) detection were employed to examine a dietary supplement adulterated with an undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). While a trace level of the API was detected in the capsule contents, a higher concentration of API was found in the capsule shell, which indicated the use of an unconventional manufacturing process to hide the API and thus avoid detection. This study demonstrates the need for a multidisciplinary approach to provide a complete assessment of a suspect adulterated dietary supplement.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #22633604 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpba.2012.04.023
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Regulatory Affairs
Entry Created: 2012-05-29 Entry Last Modified: 2012-10-12