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Claims for Patent: 6,147,103

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Claims for Patent: 6,147,103

Title: Omeprazole process and compositions thereof
Abstract:The present invention describes an improved process for the preparation, isolation, and purification of the anti-ulcer agent omeprazole whereby the sulfide precursor pyrmetazole is reacted subsurfacely with exactly one molar equivalent of meta-chloroperoxybenzoic acid in methylene chloride or toluene solution; residual organic solvent is removed from the aqueous layer by vacuum distillation; crude product is obtained by reactive crystallization with an alkyl formate and seeding; and pure product is isolated by recrystallization in methanol-water containing aqueous NaOH by subsurface addition of aqueous acetic acid to pH 9.0, seeding, filtration, washing, and drying. Compositions of omeprazole containing no chromatographically detectable levels of residual non-alcoholic organic reaction solvent are also described.
Inventor(s): Anousis; Nick (Albany, GA), McManus; James W. (Albany, GA), Banks; Benjamin Newton (Albany, GA), Zhou; Lingwen (North Brunswick, NJ)
Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ)
Application Number:09/387,945
Patent Claims: 1. A composition comprising 5-methoxy-2-[[4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfinyl]-1H-benzi midazole (omeprazole) having less than three parts per million of residual aromatic hydrocarbon solvent and less than 20 p.p.m. of residual methanol relative to omeprazole.

2. A composition comprising 5-methoxy-2-[[4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfinyl]-1H-benzi midazole (omeprazole) having less than three parts per million of residual chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent and less than 20 p.p.m. of residual methanol relative to omeprazole.

3. The composition according to claim 1 wherein the aromatic hydrocarbon solvent is toluene.

4. The composition according to claim 2 wherein the chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent is methylene chloride.

5. A pharmaceutical composition comprising 5-methoxy-2-[[4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfinyl]-1H-benzi midazole (omeprazole) having less than three parts per million of residual aromatic hydrocarbon solvent and less than 20 p.p.m. of residual methanol relative to omeprazole, and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

6. A pharmaceutical composition comprising 5-methoxy-2-[[4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl]sulfinyl]-1H-benzi midazole omeprazole) having less than three parts per million of residual chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent and less than 20 p.p.m. of residual methanol relative to omeprazole, and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

7. The pharmaceutical composition according to claim 5 wherein the aromatic hydrocarbon solvent is toluene.

8. The pharmaceutical composition according to claim 6 wherein the chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent is methylene chloride.
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