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Claims for Patent: 6,126,920

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Claims for Patent: 6,126,920

Title: Method of treating a skin disease with a corticosteroid-containing pharmaceutical composition
Abstract:Methods of treating various skin diseases, and in particular, scalp psoriasis, utilizing a foamable pharmaceutical composition comprising a corticosteroid active substance, a quick-break foaming agent, a propellant and a buffering agent are disclosed. The quick-break foaming agent typically comprises an aliphatic alcohol, water, a fatty alcohol and a surface active agent.
Inventor(s): Jones; Julie Irene (Herpenden, GB), Baker; Anthony Richard (West Horsley, GB), Halls; Neil Graham (Glen Waverley, AU), Watmough; Peter (Grimsby, GB), Marriott; Peter (Grimsby, GB)
Assignee: Medeva Europe PLC (London, GB)
Application Number:08/913,144
Patent Claims: 1. A method of treating a skin disease susceptible to treatment with corticosteroid active substances, said method comprising administering topically to a patient in need thereof, an effective amount of a foamable pharmaceutical composition comprising a corticosteroid active substance, a quick-break foaming agent that comprises an aliphatic alcohol, water, a fatty alcohol and a surface active agent; a propellant; and a buffering agent present in an amount sufficient to provide a pH within the range of 3.0 to 6.0.

2. The method according to claim 1 wherein the skin disease is selected from the group consisting of eczema, infantile eczema, atopic dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, psoriasis and intertrigo.

3. The method according to claim 2 for treating scalp psoriasis in human subjects.

4. A method of treating a skin disease susceptible to treatment with corticosteroid active substances, said method comprising administering topically to a patient in need thereof an effective amount of a foamable pharmaceutical composition comprised of a quick-break foaming agent that comprises an aliphatic alcohol, water, a fatty alcohol and a surface active agent a propellant; an active isomer of an isomeric corticosteroid active substance; and an amount of a buffering agent effective to stabilize the active isomer against isomerization to a less active isomer.

5. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the amount of the corticosteroid active substance is from 0.01 to 1.0% w/w of the composition.

6. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the corticosteroid active substance is a topically effective corticosteroid selected from alclometasone dipropionate, amcinonide, beclamethasone dipropionate, betamethiasone benzoate, betamethasone dipropionate, betamethasone valerate, budesonide, clobetasol propionate, clobetasone butyrate, desonide, desoxymethasone, diflorasone diacetate, diflucortolone valerate, flumethasone pivalate, fluclorolone acetonide, fluocinolone acetonide, fluocinonide, fluocortin butyl, fluocortolone preparations, fluprednidene acetate, flurandrenolone, halcinonide, hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone acetate, hydrocortisone butyrate, methylprednisolone acetate, mometasone furoate, triamcinolone acetonide, and pharmacologically effective mixtures thereof.

7. The method according to claim 6, further characterized in that the corticosteroid active substance is betamethasone valerate.

8. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the aliphatic alcohol component is selected from the group consisting of methanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol, and mixtures thereof.

9. The method according to claim 8, further characterized in that the aliphatic alcohol component is ethanol.

10. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the fatty alcohol component is selected from cetyl, stearyl, lauryl, myristyl, and palmityl alcohols, and mixtures thereof.

11. The method according to claim 10, further characterized in that the fatty alcohol component is a mixture of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol.

12. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the surface active agent is selected from the group consisting of ethoxylated sorbitan stearate, ethoxylated sorbitan palmitate, ethoxylated sorbitan oleate, nonyl phenol ethoxylates, fatty alcohol ethoxylates, and mixtures thereof.

13. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the buffering agent is selected from the group consisting of a citrate buffer, an acetic acid/sodium acetate buffer and a phosphoric acid/sodium phosphate buffer.

14. The method according to claim 13, further characterized in that the buffering agent is a citrate buffer.

15. The method according to claim 1, further characterized in that the foamable pharmaceutical composition comprises:
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