Nitrite in Eltrombopag applying Inline Matrix elimination

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Eltrombopag is a pharmaceutical agent used in certain conditions of thrombocytopenia. As such it is an orphan drug. The molecule of Eltrombopag is a protonated aromatic carboxyl compound. Under ion chromatography condition (alkaline eluent), it can be deprotonated and can thus block ion exchanger sites on the column. This results in decreasing retention times over time. To avoid this, Inline Matrix Elimination is applied, where the protonated Eltrombopag is washed off the preconcentration column before injection. Nitrite is then analyzed with conductivity detection after sequential suppression.