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Claims for Patent: 5,362,755

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Claims for Patent: 5,362,755

Title: Method for treating asthma using optically pure (R)-albuterol
Abstract:The optically pure R(-) isomer of albuterol, which is substantially free of the S(+) isomer, is a potent bronchodilator for relieving the symptoms associated with asthma in individuals. A method is disclosed utilizing the optically pure R(-) isomer of albuterol for treating asthma while minimizing the side effects associated with chronic administration of racemic albuterol.
Inventor(s): Barberich; Timothy J. (Concord, MA), Young; James W. (Still River, MA)
Assignee: Sepracor, Inc. (Marlborough, MA)
Application Number:08/163,581
Patent Claims: 1. A method of treating asthma in an individual with albuterol, while reducing side effects associated with chronic administration of racemic albuterol, comprising chronically administering to the individual a quantity of an optically pure R(-) isomer of albuterol sufficient to result in bronchodilation while simultaneously reducing undesirable side effects, said R isomer being substantially free of its S(+) isomer.

2. A method of claim 1 wherein the amount of the R(-) isomer of albuterol is greater than approximately 90% by weight of total albuterol.

3. A method of claim 2 wherein the amount of the R(-) isomer of albuterol is greater than 99% by weight of total albuterol.

4. A method of claim 1 comprising administering to the individual by inhalation from approximately 30 mcg to approximately 90 mcg of the R(-) isomer of albuterol per dose.

5. A method of claim 1 comprising orally administering to the individual from approximately 1 mg to approximately 8 mg of the R(-) isomer of albuterol two to four times daily.

6. A method of treating asthma in an individual with albuterol, while reducing side effects associated with chronic administration or racemic albuterol, comprising chronically administering to the individual a quantity of an optically pure R(-) isomer of albuterol sufficient to result in bronchodilation while simultaneously reducing undesirable side effects and at least one additional drug selected from the group consisting of bronchodilators, antihistamines and analgesics.

7. A method of claim 6 wherein the analgesic is selected from the group consisting of: aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
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