Journal of health Sciences and Research
Volume 10 | Issue 2 | Year 2019

A Review on Properties, Application, and Analytical Methods of an Antihypertensive Drug efonidipine

Grishma H Patel1, Shreya D Adeshra2, Dhananjay B Meshram3

1,3Department of Quality Assurance, Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Corresponding Author: Shreya D Adeshra, Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India, Phone: +91 8153802066, e-mail:

How to cite this article Patel GH, Adeshra SD, Meshram DB. A Review on Properties, Application and Analytical Methods of an Antihypertensive Drug efonidipine. J Health Sci Res 2019;10(2):52–56.

Source of support: I am very grateful to Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College for continuous support and giving me strength to do this.

Conflict of interest: None


Qualitative and quantitative estimation plays a significant role in ensuring safety and efficacy of drugs in different matrices. A detailed literature survey is one of the most crucial requirement for all research activities. Efonidipine (EFN) is a new antihypertensive agent that inhibits both L-type and T-type calcium channels. It was launched in 1995, under the brand name of Landel, and marketed by Shionogi and Co. On August 28, 2017, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) granted the approval of the drug in India under the brand name of Efnocar to Zuventus Healthcare Ltd. This article examines published physical properties, pharmacokinetic data, analytical methods, and clinical trials reported in the literature for the determination of EFN in biological samples and pharmaceutical formulations. They include various techniques such as fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroism, thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, evolved gas analysis, environmental scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, spectrophotometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, and LC-MS/MS. There is no marketed formulation available in combination of EFN with other drugs, but recently Ajanta Pharma got approval for the combination of EFN with telmisartan in tablet form.

Keywords: Analytical methods, Antihypertensive, Efonidipine, LC-MS/MS, RP-HPLC.


Efonidipine was launched in 1995, under the brand name of Landel, by Shionogi and Co. On August 28, 2017, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) granted approval of this drug in India under the brand name of Efnocar to Zuventus Healthcare Ltd.13 It is chemically known as 2-(N-benzylanilino)ethyl 5-(5,5-dimethyl-2-oxo-1,3,2λ4-dioxaphosphinan-2-yl)-2,6-dimethyl-4-(3-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine-3-carboxylate.

The phosphorous moiety at C5 position (Fig. 1) of the dihydropyridine ring is considered to be dominant for the pharmacological profile of the drug. About 10 and 25% of the population is expected to benefit from drug treatment of hypertension, and the exact figure depends on the cutoff value for blood pressure and the age-group considered for active treatment. In less than 95% of cases of hypertension, there is no underlying medical illness to cause high blood pressure. This is called “essential” hypertension. Hypertension is twice common in a person whose parents are suffering from hypertension, so genetic factors play a key role. It is more common in Black people of African region who are also at particular risk of stroke and renal failure. The molecular formula of efonidipine is C34H38N3O7P and molecular weight of efonidipine is 631.7 g/mol.49

Fig. 1: Structure of efonidipine


Efonidipine is a new age-group dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which inhibits both L- and T-type of calcium channel. It is highly lipophilic drug that easily penetrate into the phospholipid-rich cell membrane and reaches the dihydropyridine binding site of the calcium channel targets, which inhibits the both L- and T-type calcium channels and leads to vasodilation and decreases the automaticity of the heart as shown in Figure 2. It exerts negative chronotropic effect. Inhibition of T-type calcium channels in the sinoatrial node prolongs the late phase-4 depolarization of SA node action potential and suppresses an elevated heart rate. Efonidipine increases the coronary blood flow by blocking L- and T-type calcium channels and attenuates myocardial ischemia. By reducing synthesis and secretion of aldosterone, it prevents hypertrophy and remodeling of cardiac myocytes. Efonidipine increases glomerular filtration rate without increasing intraglomerular pressure and filtration fraction. This prevents hypertension-induced renal damage. Efonidipine increases excretion of sodium from the kidneys by suppressing aldosterone synthesis and secretion from the adrenal glands. Renal parenchymal fibrosis is induced by aldosterone and suppressed by efonidipine. Efonidipine lowers blood pressure in cerebral resistance vessels and stops hypertension-induced brain damage.

Fig. 2: Site of action of efonidipine


Efonidipine is first metabolized in the liver. The relevant metabolites are N-dephenylated efonidipine (DPH), deaminated efonidipine, and N-debenzylated efonidipine (DBZ). Both DBZ and DPH expose activity as calcium antagonists. The vasodilating properties of DBZ and DPH were about two-thirds and one-third, respectively, than that of the parent compound. Results shows that the majority of the pharmacological effect after oral dosing of efonidipine hydrochloride in human is due to unchanged compound, and its metabolites make a small contribution to the pharmacological effect.


According to recent world health ranking in both male and female, the highest rate of hypertension patients is found in Seychelles and lowest rate in Japan as shown in Figure 3.


Hypertension treatment includes different classes of drug per patient need. There are different classes such as diuretics, β-blocker, calcium antagonist, ACE inhibitor, α-blocker, angiotensin receptor blocker, and vasodilators as mentioned in Table 1.


The physical properties, taxonomical data, and pharmacokinetic parameters of efonidipine are shown in Tables 2 to 4, respectively.


Oh et al.17 reported a multicenter, prospective, open-labeled, single-armed study, where they enrolled 53 patients who were suffering from mild-to-moderate hypertension [sitting diastolic BP (SiDBP) 90–110 mm Hg). After a period of 15 days, eligible patients were treated with efonidipine (40 mg once daily for 12 weeks). The primary end point was the change in heart rate from baseline to week 12. The secondary end point included the change in trough sitting BP and 24-hour mean BP between baseline and week 12. Laboratory and clinical adverse events were examined at each study visit (4, 8, and 12 weeks). The 53 patients were included in the intention-to-treat analysis. After 12 weeks of treatment with efonidipine, the resting HR decreased significantly from baseline to week 12 (from 81.5 ± 5.3 to 71.8 ± 9.9 beats/minute (difference, −9.9 ± 9.0 beats/minute), p value < 0.0001). The trough BP [sitting systolic blood pressure (SiSBP) and SiDBP] and 24-hour mean BP also decreased significantly (SiSBP: from 144.6 ± 8.2 to 132.9 ± 13.5 mm Hg, p value < 0.0001; SiDBP: from 96.9 ± 5.4 to 88.3 ± 8.6 mm Hg, p value < 0.0001, 24-hour mean systolic BP: from 140.4±13.5 to 133.8 ± 11.6 mm Hg, p value <0.0001; 24-hour mean diastolic BP: from 91.7 ± 8.7 to 87.5 ± 9.5 mm Hg, p value < 0.0001). So, it was concluded that efonidipine was effective in controlling both HR and BP in patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension.

Fig. 3: Hypertension death rate all over the world5

Table 1: Treatment of hypertension4,68
DiureticThiazides: bendroflumethiazide
Loops: furosemide
K Sparing: spironolactone
Calcium antagonistDihydropyridine
Rate limiting:
ACE inhibitorsCaptopril
Angiotensin receptor blockerLosartan
Centrally acting vasodilatorsMethyldopa
Table 2: Physical properties9
Molecular formulaC34H38N3O7P
Molecular weight631.7 g/mol
StateSolid yellow
Water solubilityPoorly soluble
Log P5.35
Boiling point746.9 ± 60.0°C
Table 3: Taxonomy9
KingdomOrganic compounds
ClassBenzene and substituted derivative
Direct parentPhenylbenzamines
Alternative parentsDihydropyridine carboxylic acids and derivatives/nitrobenzenes/aniline and substituted anilines/benzylamines/dialkylarylamines/nitroaromatic compounds/phosphonic acid diesters/alkyl amines/phosphonic acid esters/vinylogous amides
SubstituentsPhenylbenzamine/dihydropyridine carboxylic
acid derivative/nitrobenzene/benzylamine/nitroaromatic compound/tertiary aliphatic /aromatic amine/dialkylaryl amine/aniline or substituted anilines/dihydropyridine/phosphonic acid diester
Molecular frameworkAromatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External descriptorsNot available
Table 4: Pharmacokinetic property of efonidipine hydrochloride ethanolate2
Cmax9.66–66.91 ng/mL
Tmax1.50–3.67 hours
T1/22.15–6.85 hours
EliminationBiliary system

In research of Harada et al.,18 the influence of efonidipine hydrochloride on HR and autonomic nervous function was investigated. Using an electrocardiogram and a tonometric blood pressure measurement, autonomic nervous activity was assessed using spectral analysis of heart rate/systolic blood pressure variability.

Three agreements were used:

In all agreement, administration of efonidipine decreased the heart rate in patients with a high heart rate, reduced sympathetic nervous activity, and increase parasympathetic nervous activity. In addition, myocardial scintigraphy with 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine showed significant improvement in the washout rate and H/M ratio of patients who were switched from other dihydropyridine calcium antagonists to efonidipine hydrochloride.


The various analytical methods were developed on efonidipine which are shown in (Figure 4).

Spectrophotometric Method

Wang et al. have reported spectroscopic studies on the interaction of efonidipine with bovine serum albumin (BSA). The binding of efonidipine to BSA was examined by fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroism. The thermodynamic parameters ∆H0 and ∆S0 were 68.04 kJ/mol and 319.42 J mol−1 K−1, respectively, which shows the hydrophobic interactions played a key role. The fluorescence spectra of BSA with different concentrations of NZ-105 were obtained from 300 to 400 nm when Δλ = 60 nm and from 280 to 350 nm when Δλ = 15 nm. The excitation and emission slit widths were 3 and 1.5 nm, respectively. The circular dichroism spectra of BSA in presence and absence of NZ-105 were recorded from 200 to 280 nm at 0.2 nm intervals. The effect of metal ions on the binding constant of the efonidipine–BSA complex were also examined. The presence of metal ions Zn2+, Mg2+, Al3+, K+, and Ca2+ increased the binding constant of efonidipine–BSA complex, which may increase the storage period of NZ-1 105 in blood plasma and enhance its maximum effects.19

Chromatographic Method

Kumar et al. specifies a validated reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography methodology for estimation of efonidipine HCL Ethanolate (EFD). The separation was carried out by using 250 × 4.6 mm C18 column. The mixture of acetonitrile and water (85:15 v/v) was used as mobile phase and that was set at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. The analysis was carried out at 254 nm using UV-Visible detector. EFD manifested a linear response in a concentration range of 20 to 140 μg/mL (R2 = 0.9994). The limit of detection was 681.83 ng/mL and the limit of quantification was 2.06 μg/mL observed. The accuracy was 104.0 to 105.0%, and the coefficient of variation for intra-assay and inter-assay precision was less than or equal to 1.5%.20

Fig. 4: Graphical representation of different analytical methods

Hyphenated Techniques

Liu et al. describe a chiral LC-MS/MS method for the stereospecific estimation of efonidipine in human plasma. Chiral separation was done using CHIRALPAK(®) ID column. The mixture of acetonitrile and water (60:40 v/v) was used as mobile phase. Investigation was carried out using MS in multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode, using the transitions of m/z 632.3 → 91.1 for efonidipine enantiomers, and m/z 493.3 → 117.2 for cilnidipine (internal standard). The calibration curves were linear over 0.100 to 20.0 ng/mL range. The lower limit of quantification (LOQ) for each enantiomer was established at 0.100 ng/mL. Intra- and interday precisions were less than 12.1%, and accuracies were between −5.0% and 5.0%.21

Liu et al. describe a LC-MS/MS method for the investigation of efonidipine in human plasma for pharmacokinetic applications. The calibration curve was linear between the range of 0.100 and 20.0 ng/mL (R2 = 0.9980). The separation was achieved by LC and analysis was detected by MS/MS in a positive-mode ESI. The LLOQ was established at 0.100 ng/mL. Intra- and interday precisions (LLOQ, low-QC, mid-QC, high-QC and ultra-high QC) were less than 12.5%, and accuracies were between −5.0% and 5.0%.22

Stability and Physicochemical Characterization

Otsuka et al. specify the developmental considerations for ethanolates with regard to stability and physicochemical characterization of efonidipine hydrochloride ethanolate. It covers methods to assess its solid-state properties such as thermal analysis (thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis; TG-DTA), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT/IR), variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction, evolved gas analysis-mass spectrometry (EGA-MS), environmental (low-vacuum) scanning electron microscopy (E-SEM), and single-crystal X-ray structure analysis.23


The review of literature survey reveals that various analytical methods are available for the estimation of efonidipine. However, there is no report based on scientific approach using design of experiment and no method available for estimation by using HPTLC which may give better experimental parameters. There is no formulation available for efonidipine in combination with other drug (Table 5), but recently Ajanta Pharma applied for combination of efonidipine and telmisartan to treat hypertension. These chromatographic methods are rapid and far more economical. The presented information is useful for the researchers.

Table 5: List of marketed formulation of efonidipine
Generic nameBrand nameDosage formStrengthManufacturer
EfonidipineEFONTATablet10 mgAjanta Pharma Ltd
EfonidipineEFONTATablet20 mgAjanta Pharma Ltd
EfonidipineEFONTATablet40 mgAjanta Pharma Ltd
EfonidipineEFNOCARTablet10 mgZuventus Healthcare Ltd
EfonidipineEFNOCARTablet20 mgZuventus Healthcare Ltd
EfonidipineEFNOCARTablet40 mgZuventus Healthcare Ltd


We would like to thank the management and the staff of Pioneer Pharmacy Degree College for encouraging and supporting us to publish this article. We are also grateful to the Gujarat Technological University.


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