The multivariate calibration methods, partial least squares (PLS) and principle component regression (PCR) have been used to determine phenanthridine, phenanthridinone and phenanthridine N-oxide in spiked human plasma samples. Resolution of binary and ternary mixtures of analytes with minimum sample pre-treatment and without analyte separation has been successfully achieved analyzing the UV spectral data. The net analyte signal (NAS) concept was also used to calculate multivariate analytical figures of merit such as limit of detection, selectivity and sensitivity. The simultaneous determination of three analytes was possible by PLS and PCR processing of sample absorbance in the 210–355 nm region. Good recoveries were obtained for both synthetic mixtures and spiked human plasma samples. <alternatives> [...] </alternatives>
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