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Claims for Patent: 5,180,589

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Claims for Patent: 5,180,589

Title: Pravastatin pharmaceuatical compositions having good stability
Abstract:A pharmaceutical composition is provided which has excellent stability, when dispersed in water has a pH of at least about 9, and includes a medicament which is sensitive to a low pH environment such as pravastatin, one or more fillers such as lactose and/or microcrystalline cellulose, one or more binders, such as microcrystalline cellulose (dry binder) or polyvinylpyrrolidone (wet binder), one or more disintegrating agents such as croscarmellose sodium, one or more lubricants such as magnesium stearate and one or more basifying agents such as magnesium oxide.
Inventor(s): Joshi; Yatindra M. (Piscataway, NJ), Chiesa; Pierina (South Orange, NJ), Jain; Nemichand B. (Monmouth Junction, NJ)
Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Application Number:07/703,326
Patent Claims: 1. A stabilized pravastatin composition, which comprises pravastatin and one or more basifying agents, compatible with pravastatin, to impart a desired pH of at least 9 to an aqueous dispersion of said composition.

2. The pravastatin composition as defined in claim 1 wherein said pravastatin is present in an amount within the range of from about 1 to about 60% by weight of the composition.

3. The pravastatin composition as defined in claim 1 wherein the basifying agent is present in an amount within the range of from about 1 to about 75% by weight of the composition.

4. The pravastatin composition as defined in claim 1 wherein the basifying agent is an alkali metal hydroxide, an alkaline earth metal hydroxide or ammonium hydroxide.

5. The pravastatin composition as defined in claim 4 wherein the basifying agent is MgO, Mg(OH).sub.2, Ca(OH).sub.2, NaOH, KOH, LiOH, NH.sub.4 OH, Al(OH).sub.3 or magaldrate.

6. The pravastatin composition as defined in claim 1 in the form of a tablet.

7. A method of stabilizing pravastatin for storage, which comprises including with pravastatin one or more basifying agents, compatible with pravastatin, to impart a desired pH of at least 9 to an aqueous dispersion of the pravastatin.

8. The method as defined in claim 7 wherein the pravastatin is in the form of a pharmaceutical composition.

9. The method as claimed in claim 8 wherein said pravastatin is present in an amount within the range of from about 1 to about 60% by weight of the composition.

10. The method as defined in claim 8 the basifying agent is present in an amount within the range of from about 1 to about 75% by weight of the composition.

11. The method as defined in claim 8 wherein the basifying agent is an alkali metal hydroxide, an alkaline earth metal hydroxide or ammonium hydroxide.

12. The method as defined in claim 8 wherein the basifying agent is MgO, Mg(OH).sub.2, Ca(OH).sub.2, NaOH, KOH, LiOH, NH.sub.4 OH, Al(OH).sub.3 or magaldrate.
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