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Claims for Patent: 4,760,072

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Claims for Patent: 4,760,072

Title: Solid nedocromil sodium, useful for the removal of obstructed air pathways
Abstract:There are described new forms of nedocromil sodium, methods of producing these new forms and pharmaceutical formulations, especially pressurized inhalation aerosol formulations, containing finely divided nedocromil sodium. The formulations are indicated for the treatment of reversible obstructive conditions of the airways.
Inventor(s): Brown; Kenneth (Loughborough, GB2), Clark; Andrew R. (Loughborough, GB2), Salliss; Richard (Holmes Chapel, GB2)
Assignee: Fisons, plc (Ipswich, GB2)
Application Number:06/720,588
Patent Claims: 1. Solid nedocromil sodium which is cystalline and which contains bound water as determined by thermogravimetric analysis.

2. Solid nedocromil sodium according to claim 1 containing between 3.0 and 4.0% w/w bound water.

3. Solid nedocromil sodium according to claim 1 containing 3.5% bound water.

4. Nedocromil sodium according to claim 2 in powder form and having a Lovibond yellow reading of below 2.0 when containing 10% w/w water.

5. Nedocromil sodium according to claim 4 having a Lovibond yellow reading of between 0.8 and 1.8.

6. Nedocromil sodium according to claim 1, wherein the powder X-ray diffraction pattern shows that the material is crystalline.

7. Nedocromil sodium according to claim 1 whose infra-red spectrum shows a shoulder at 3500 cms.sup.-1 when its total water content is 10% w/w.

8. An inhalation formulation for treatment of a reversible obstructive condition of the airways comprising a pharmaceutically acceptable liquefied gas propellant containing nedocromil sodium according to claim 1 having a mass median diameter of less than 4 microns in a proportion which is effective for treatment of said condition.

9. A formulation according to claim 8, wherein not more than 5% by weight of the particles has a diameter of greater than 10 microns and not less than 90% by weight of the particles has a diameter of less than 6 microns.

10. A formulation according to claim 8, containing from 0.5 to 10% by weight of finely divided nedocromil sodium.

11. A formulation according to claim 8 comprising a mixture of propellants 12 and 114, the proportion of propellant 12 to 114 being in the range 2 to 1:1 by weight.

12. A formulation according to claim 11 containing sorbitan trioleate.

13. Nedocromil sodium in accordance with claim 1 the form of needles having a breadth of 1.5 to 3.5 microns and a length to breadth ratio of up to 10:1.

14. Nedocromil sodium according to claim 13 having a breadth of 1.5 to 2.5 microns.

15. A method of treatment of a reversible obstructive condition of the airways in a mammal which comprises administering by inhalation an effective amount of solid nedocromil sodium according to claim 1 to a mammal suffering from said condition.
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