USP Analysis of Albuterol Using a Legacy L1 Column


Application Notes: Albuterol is a well known drug used to treat bronchospasms. Albuterol come in many different forms, ranging from nebulizer to tablets. Albuterol is an important drug in combatting breathing problems. The USP methods for albuterol dictate that albuterol should not contain less than 98.5% and no more than 101% calculated on a dried basis. The USP HPLC method for the separation of albuterol was developed on Legacy L1 column according to the US Pharmacopeia methodology. L1 classification is assigned to reversed-phase HPLC column containing C18 ligand. Support for the material is spherical silica gel with particles size 3-10 um and pore size of 100-120A. Resolution between critical pairs corresponds to rules and specifications of USP.

Application Columns: Legacy L1 C18 HPLC column

Application compounds: Albuterol

Mobile phase: Water with 1% acetic acid and 5mM hexane sulfonic acid and MeOH (60:40)

Detection technique: UV

Reference: USP35: NF30


Column Legacy L1, 4.6×150 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase Water with 1% Acetic  and 5 mM   Hexane sulfonic acid/ MeOH  ( 60-40)
Buffer Acetic Acid,  Hexane sulfonic acid
Flow Rate 1.0 ml/min
Detection UV, 270 nm



Class of Compounds
Drug, Bronchodilator, Hydrophobic, Ionizable
Analyzing Compounds Albuterol


Application Column

SIELC Legacy L1 HPLC column

Legacy L1

SIELC's family of Legacy columns is based on the United States Pharmacopeia's (USP) published chromatographic methods and procedures. Numerous brands have columns used in USP reference standards and methods. USP has created various designations to group together columns with similar types of packing and properties in the solid phase. SIELC's Legacy columns adhere to these strict requirements and properties, allowing you to easily replace older columns that are no longer available without needing to significantly modify your method or SOPs.

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Application Detection:
UV Detection
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