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Claims for Patent: 6,528,090

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Claims for Patent: 6,528,090

Title: Controlled release formulation of divalproex sodium
Abstract:A new oral polymeric controlled release formulation suitable for the once-a-day administration of valproate compounds, such as divalproex sodium, has been discovered. This formulation exhibits significant advantages over the sustained release valproate formulations of the prior art. This formulation minimizes the variation between peak and trough plasma levels of valproate over a 24 hour dosing period. This formulation follows a zero-order release pattern thus producing essentially flat plasma levels of valproate, once steady-state levels have been achieved. This results in a significantly lower incidence of side effects for patients consuming such a formulation.
Inventor(s): Qiu; Yihong (Gumee, IL), Bollinger; J. Daniel (Libertyville, IL), Cheskin; Howard S. (Glencoe, IL), Dutta; Sandeep (Waukegan, IL), Engh; Kevin R. (Kenosha, WI), Poska; Richard P. (Mundelein, IL)
Assignee: Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Application Number:09/748,566
Patent Claims: 1. An oral hydrophilic matrix formulation suitable for once-a-day administration comprising: a) from about 40 to about 80 w/w% of divalproex sodium, which is in admixture with; b) a pharmaceutically acceptable hydrophilic polymer in which said hydrophilic polymer is present in the quantity of from about 20% to about 50%, by weight of the formulation, and said hydrophilic polymer is selected from the group consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidine, hydroxypropylcellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, methyl cellulose, vinyl acetate copolymers, polysaccharides, polyethylene oxide, methacrylic acid copolymers, and maleic anhydride/methyl vinyl ether copolymers, and; c) when said formulation is ingested orally by healthy human subjects: i. said formulation produces a C.sub.max that is statistically significantly lower than the C.sub.max produced by a delayed release enteric coated divalproex sodium tablet given twice daily, when each is determined at steady state in a healthy fasting population, ii. a C.sub.min that is not statistically significantly different from the C.sub.min produced by said delayed release divalproex sodium tablet, when each C.sub.min is determined at steady state in a healthy fasting population, and; iii. said formulation produces an AUC value that is equivalent to the AUC value generated by said divalproex sodium delayed release tablet, when each AUC is determined at steady state in a healthy fasting population.

2. The formulation according to claim 1 which said polymer is selected from the group consisting of hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose and methyl cellulose.

3. The formulation according to claim 2 in which said polymer is present in the quantity of from about 25% to about 45%, by weight of the formulation.

4. The formulation according to claim 1 in which said divalproex sodium is present in the quantity of from about 45% to about 65%, by weight of the formulation.

5. The formulation according to claim 1 which further comprises at least one excipient selected from the group consisting of diluents, lubricants, glidants, and binders.

6. The formulation according to claim 5 in which said excipients comprise from about 10% to about 40%, by weight, of the formulation.

7. The formulation according to claim 1 in which: a) said divalproex sodium is present in the quantity of from about 45% to about 65%, by weight of the formulation; b) said hydrophilic polymer is present in the quantity of from about 25% to about 45% by weight of the formulation and is selected from the group consisting of hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose and methyl cellulose.
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