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Claims for Patent: 5,344,658

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Claims for Patent: 5,344,658

Title: Process and composition using ondansetron
Abstract:The invention relates to a process for reducing the crystal size of ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate produced by crystallisation from solvent to a size which is suitable for effective distribution in a tablet blend, in particular 100% less that 250 .mu.m. The ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is desolvated by drying at elevated temperature and reduced or atmospheric pressure and is then rehydrated.
Inventor(s): Collin; David T. (Ware, GB2)
Assignee: Glaxo Group Limited (London, GB2)
Application Number:08/005,736
Patent Claims: 1. A process for reducing the crystal size of ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate produced by crystallisation from solvent, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is desolvated by drying at elevated temperature and reduced or atmospheric pressure and is then rehydrated, wherein the resulting crystals are suitable for homogeneous distribution in a tablet blend, and wherein 100% of the resulting crystals have a size of less than 250 .mu.m and at least about 80% by weight of the crystals have a size of less than 63 .mu.m.

2. A process according to claim 1, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is prepared by crystallisation from an aqueous solvent mixture.

3. A process according to claim 1, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is desolvated by heating at a temperature greater than 40.degree. C. and at reduced pressure for more than 8 hours.

4. A process according to claim 3, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is desolvated by heating at a temperature of about 50.degree. C. at a pressure of about 100 torr for about 24 hours.

5. A process according to claim 1, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is desolvated by heating at a temperature of 50.degree. C. or above at ambient pressure.

6. A process according to claim 5, in which said temperature is about 100.degree. C.

7. A process according to claim 1, in which said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate is rehydrated in a humidified atmosphere at ambient temperature.

8. Crystalline ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate in which 100% of the crystals have a size of less than 250 .mu.m and at least about 80% by weight of the crystals have a size of less than 63 .mu.m.

9. A pharmaceutical composition in the form of tablets containing crystalline ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate as active ingredient, in which 100% of said ondansetron hydrochloride dihydrate crystals have a size less than 250 .mu.m and at least about 80% by weight of said crystals have a size less than 63 .mu.m.

10. A pharmaceutical composition according to claim 9, in which each tablet has a nominal content of active ingredient which is 5 mg or 10 mg.
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