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Intranasal opioid compositions

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Intranasal opioid compositions


The present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions for intranasal administration to a mammal that contain an effective amount of an opioid, a liquid nasal carrier for the opioid, and optionally a sweetener, flavoring agent or masking agent. In some embodiments of the present invention, the pharmaceutical compositions have improved bioavailability. In other embodiments of the present invention, the opioid compositions improve patient compliance.

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Inventor: Daniel P. Wermeling
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120270895 - Class: 514282 (USPTO) - 10/25/12 - Class 514 
Drug, Bio-affecting And Body Treating Compositions > Designated Organic Active Ingredient Containing (doai) >Heterocyclic Carbon Compounds Containing A Hetero Ring Having Chalcogen (i.e., O,s,se Or Te) Or Nitrogen As The Only Ring Hetero Atoms Doai >Hetero Ring Is Six-membered Consisting Of One Nitrogen And Five Carbon Atoms >Polycyclo Ring System Having The Six-membered Hetero Ring As One Of The Cyclos >Pentacyclo Ring System Having The Six-membered Hetero Ring As One Of The Cyclos >Two Of The Cyclos Share At Least Three Ring Members (i.e., Bridged)

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120270895, Intranasal opioid compositions.

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This application is a continuation of pending U.S. application Ser. No. 11/674,803, filed Feb. 14, 2007, which is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/647,789, filed Aug. 23, 2003, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/790,199 filed Feb. 20, 2001, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/569,125 filed May 10, 2000, now abandoned. The entire disclosure of these applications is herein incorporated by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Pain is a major symptom of many diseases, (e.g., cancer, arthritis, neurological diseases, heart attacks, etc.). Inadequate treatment of pain can lead to depression, anger, fear of disease progression and in some extreme cases, suicide.

Unfortunately, a patient\'s non-compliance or failure to take medication as prescribed, has been linked to inadequate treatment of pain. This is not surprising, since many pain treatment regimens involve administering pain medications by injection route (e.g., intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM) or subcutaneous injection). The intravenous route is normally regarded as one of the most in-convenient routes to administer pain medication to achieve rapid pain relief. Intravenous administration may cause non-compliance, because not only do patients fear getting the injection, but unpleasant experiences such as pain, irritation and infection resulting at the injection site may also lead to non-compliance.

The intranasal route is currently receiving special interest, especially in the area of pain management. When medication is administered via the intranasal route, the medication is applied to the nasal mucosa where it is absorbed. The extensive network of blood capillaries under the nasal mucosa is particularly suited to provide rapid and effective systemic absorption of drugs. The intranasal route of administration should achieve similar dose to plasma concentration (bioavailability) and efficacy to that of the intravenous route.

Intranasal administration of medication provides numerous advantages over the intravenous route. The principal advantages of intranasal route are non-invasive delivery, rapid drug absorption, and convenience. The intravenous route, unlike the intranasal route, requires sterilization of hypodermic syringes and, in the institutional setting, leads to concerns among medical personnel about the risk of contracting disease if they are accidentally stuck by a contaminated needle. Strict requirements for the safe disposal of needles and syringes have also been imposed.

In contrast, intranasal administration requires little time on the part of the patient and attending medical personnel, and is far less burdensome on the institution than injectable routes. There is no significant risk of infection of the patient or medical personnel in the institutional setting when dealing with the intranasal delivery of medication.

A second important advantage of intranasal administration over intravenous is patient acceptance of the intranasal delivery route. In some cases, the injections cause burning edema, swelling, turgidity, hardness and soreness. In contrast, intranasal administration is perceived as non-invasive, is not accompanied by pain, has no after-effects and produces prompt relief in the patient exhibiting pain symptoms. This is of particular advantage when the patient is a child. Many, if not most, patients experience anxiety and exhibit symptoms of stress when faced with hypodermic injections via the IM or IV routes. Further, most people have some familiarity with nasal sprays in the form of over-the-counter decongestants for alleviating the symptoms of colds and allergies that they or a family member have used routinely. Another important consideration is that the patient can self-administer the prescribed dosage(s) of nasal spray without the need for trained medical personnel.

Among the many medications available to treat pain, opioids (e.g., morphine, methadone, hydromorphone, butorphanol, etc.) play one of the most important roles. The major advantage of the opioids is that they have an extensive history of use and are much more effective in treating severe pain than other classes of medications e.g. aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc. Another major advantage is that opioids exhibit few adverse effects on organs such as the stomach, liver, or kidney, other than very minor problems such as nausea or constipation. This is a major benefit over other medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs that may cause ulcers, kidney problems, high blood pressure, or liver inflammation. In addition to relieving pain, opioids have other beneficial effects, such as, for example, peripheral arterial vasodilation, when treating heart attacks, provides the benefit of reducing oxygen demand on the heart.

There are different intranasal opioid formulations known in the pharmaceutical arts. However, some intranasal opioid formulations have reduced bioavailability at conventional doses. These formulations require more pain medication to be administered to the patient or else the pain will be inadequately treated.

Given the problems associated with inadequate treatment of pain and patient noncompliance, there is a need for intranasal opioid compositions that have improved bioavailability. There is also a need for intranasal compositions that improve patient compliance.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

In various embodiments, the present invention provides intranasal opioid compositions that have improved bioavailability when compared to intranasal prior art opioid compositions. In other embodiments, the present invention provides intranasal opioid compositions that improve patient compliance.

In one embodiment, the present invention provides a pharmaceutical composition for intranasal administration to a mammal; comprising: an effective amount of an opioid; a liquid nasal carrier for the opioid; and one or more sweeteners, flavoring agents, or masking agents or combinations thereof.

In another embodiment, the present invention provides a pharmaceutical composition having improved bioavailability for intranasal administration to a mammal; comprising: an effective amount of butorphanol; a preservative-free liquid nasal carrier.

In still another embodiment, the present invention provides a pharmaceutical composition having improved bioavailability for intranasal administration to a mammal; comprising: an effective amount of hydromorphone; a liquid nasal carrier having the essential absence of a preservative and the composition containing at least one sweetener, flavoring agent or masking agent.

In one preferred embodiment, the present invention provides a pharmaceutical composition for intranasal administration to a mammal; comprising: an effective amount of hydromorphone; a preservative-free liquid nasal carrier comprising sodium chloride, citric acid, water and at least one sweetener, flavoring agent or masking agent.

In still another preferred embodiment, the present invention provides a method of treating a mammal suffering from pain comprising intranasally administering to the mammal an effective amount of butorphanol or hydromorphone; a preservative-free liquid nasal carrier comprising sodium chloride, citric acid, water and at least one sweetener, flavoring agent or masking agent.

For a better understanding of the present invention together with other and further advantages and embodiments, reference is made to the following description taken in conjunction with the examples, the scope of which is set forth in the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

Preferred embodiments of the invention have been chosen for purposes of illustration and description, but are not intended in any way to restrict the scope of the invention. The preferred embodiments of certain aspects of the invention are shown in the accompanying figures, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a graphic representation of the concentration of butorphanol in blood plasma versus time after administration of the test formulation from a unit-dose spray device (Invention)) and the administration of the test formulation in a multi-dose spray device (Prior Art).

FIG. 2 is a graphic representation of the data of FIG. 1 over a longer time period.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120270895 A1
Publish Date
10/25/2012
Document #
13494882
File Date
06/12/2012
USPTO Class
514282
Other USPTO Classes
514289, 514329
International Class
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