A process is provided for producing diastereoisomer A or a pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salt of 2,6-dimethyl-4-(3-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylic acid 3-(1-benzylpyrrolidin-3-yl) ester 5-methyl ester which comprises subjecting a mixture of diastereoisomers A and B of 2,6-dimethyl-4-(3-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylic acid 3-(1-benzylpyrrolidin-3-yl) ester 5-methyl ester to column chromatography using silica gel as a carrier and a mixture of ethyl acetate and acetic acid as an eluant, and then separating the acetate of diastereoisomer A from the eluate, or treating the acetate with a base, or further treating the resulting diastereoisomer A with a pharmaceutically acceptable acid.
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