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Claims for Patent: 6,599,530

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Claims for Patent: 6,599,530

Title: Oral compacted composition comprising catechol derivatives
Abstract:The present invention relates to an oral compacted composition comprising entacapone, nitecapone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and croscarmellose sodium. The composition is premised on the discovery that croscarmellose sodium increases the release rate of entacapone or nitecapone from an oral compacted composition. Preferably the amount of croscarmellose sodium in the composition is at least 6% by weight, preferably from about 8% to about 16% by weight, especially from about 10% to about 14% by weight.
Inventor(s): Vahervuo; Kari (Espoo, FI)
Assignee: Orion Corporation (Espoo, FI)
Application Number:09/152,263
Patent Claims: 1. An oral compacted composition in the form of a tablet, which comprises a pharmaceutically effective amount of entacapone, nitecapone, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt of entacapone or nitecapone, and croscarmellose sodium in an amount of at least 6% by weight of the composition.

2. An oral compacted composition according to claim 1, which comprises entacapone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

3. An oral compacted composition according to claim 1, which comprises nitecapone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

4. An oral compacted composition according to claim 1, which comprises croscarmellose sodium in an amount of from about 8% to about 16% by weight of the composition.

5. An oral compacted composition according to claim 4, which comprises croscarmellose sodium in an amount of from about 10% to about 14% by weight of the composition.

6. An oral compacted composition according to claim 1, which comprises entacapone and about 6% by weight of croscarmellose sodium, and wherein the in vitro dissolution of entacapone is at least about 65% a over a period of about 30 minutes when measured using the basket method at 100 rpm speed and 900 ml medium of phosphate buffer at pH 58.

7. An oral compacted composition according to claim 1, which comprises entacapone and about 9% by weight of croscarmellose sodium, and wherein the in vitro dissolution of entacapone is at least about 92% over a period of about 30 minutes when measured using the basket method at 100 rpm speed and 900 ml medium of phosphate buffer at pH 5.8.

8. An oral compacted composition according to claim 2, which comprises from about 5 mg to about 400 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

9. An oral compacted composition according to claim 8, which comprises from about 100 mg to about 200 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

10. An oral compacted composition according to claim 9, which comprises about 200 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

11. An oral compacted composition in the form of a tablet, which comprises from about 100 mg or 200 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and croscarmellose sodium in an amount of at least 6% by weight of the composition.

12. A method for preparing an oral compacted composition in the form of a tablet wherein the composition comprises entacapone, nitecapone, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of entacapone or nitecapone, and the croscarmellose sodium in an amount of at least 6% by weight of the composition, which comprises: a) mixing a pharmaceutically effective amount of entacapone, nitecapone, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt of entacapone or nitecapone, one or more auxiliary agents and croscarmellose sodium to obtain a first mixture; b) compacting and crushing the first mixture one or more times to obtain a plurality of granules; c) adding a lubricant, a glidant, or a mixture thereof to the granules to obtain a second mixture; and d) compressing the second mixture into a tablet.

13. A method according to claim 12, wherein the composition comprises croscarmellose sodium in an amount of from about 8% to about 16% by weight of the composition.

14. A method according to claim 13, wherein the composition comprises croscarmellose sodium in an amount of from about 10% to about 14% by weight of the composition.

15. A method according claim 12, wherein at least one of the auxiliary agents is water soluble.

16. A method according to claim 12, wherein the composition comprises from about 5 mg to about 400 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

17. A method according to claim 11, wherein the composition comprises from about 100 mg to about 200 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

18. A method according to the composition comprises about 200 mg of entacapone or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

19. A method of inhibiting catechol-O-methyltransferase, which comprises administering to a patient in need thereof an oral compacted composition according to claim 1.

20. A method according to claim 19, wherein the oral compacted composition comprises entacapone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.
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