A large variety of drugs are administered to large and small animals by veterinary clinicians for sedation, anesthesia, muscle relaxation, and analgesia. The present paper reports a simple and rapid multi-residue detection and quantitation method for four chemically different drugs: medetomidine, xylazine, ketamine, and acepromazine. Chromatographic separation was carried out on a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry instrument with a C18-reversed-phase column. Fragmentation patterns were determined with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry set to operate in a positive selective ion monitoring mode. The method was determined to be linear over the range of concentrations tested (2.0-100.0 ng/mL). Accuracy, precision, and specificity were evaluated and the method was determined to be applicable to detection of medetomidine, xylazine, ketamine, and acepromazine in serum samples of multiple animal species (canine, equine, and bovine). Matrix limits of quantitation were determined to be 5.0 ng/mL for all four analytes, and recoveries ranged between 82.0 and 118%, with a 3.0-18.3% relative standard deviation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Analytical Toxicology|
|State||Published - Sep 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis