High-performance liquid chromatography and pharmacokinetics of some antibiotics

  • David K. Scott

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The principles of High Performance Liquid Chromatography
(HPLC) and pharmacokinetics were applied to the use of several
clinically-important drugs at the East Birmingham Hospital.
Amongst these was gentamicin, which was investigated over a two-year period by a multi-disciplinary team. It was found that there was considerable intra- and inter-patient variation that had not previously been reported and the causes and
consequences of such variation were considered. A detailed evaluation of available pharmacokinetic techniques was undertaken and 1- and 2-compartment models were optimised with regard to sampling procedures, analytical error and model-error. The implications for control of therapy are discussed and an improved sampling regime is proposed for routine usage.
Similar techniques were applied to trimethoprim, assayed by HPLC, in patients with normal renal function and investigations were also commenced into the penetration of drug into peritoneal dialysate. Novel assay techniques were also
developed for a range of drugs including 4-aminopyridine, chloramphenicol, metronidazole and a series of penicillins and cephalosporins.
Stability studies on cysteamine, reaction-rate studies on creatinine-picrate and structure-activity relationships in HPLC of aminopyridines are also reported.
Date of AwardMay 1981
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorWilliam J. Irwin (Supervisor)


  • HPLC
  • pharmacokinetics
  • gentamicin
  • 4-aminopyridine
  • perotoneal dialysis

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