Application Brief

HPLC Analysis of Ibuprofen Using Quasar C18 Columns in Accordance with the United States Pharmacopeia


Ibuprofen belongs to the class of compounds known as Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) which are used in the treatment of pain, fever and various types of inflammation. NSAIDS work by inhibiting the synthesis of a wide range of prostaglandins produced as a response to injury, strain or illness. Since its introduction in 1969, its tolerability and effectiveness have made it one of the most popularly prescribed/taken medications in the world, with over 24 million prescriptions in the U.S. alone. Ibuprofen has generic status with many manufacturers, making it a very commercially important compound. Projections have estimated a global market value of ibuprofen to be 294.4 million USD in 2020, with an estimated value of 447.6 million USD by 2026. This application brief describes the use of a Quasar C18, on both porous silica and SPP silica phases for the analysis of ibuprofen in accordance with the official USP monograph, specifically, the chromatographic purity section.