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Claims for Patent: 6,773,720

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Claims for Patent: 6,773,720

Title: Mesalazine controlled release oral pharmaceutical compositions
Abstract:Controlled-release oral pharmaceutical compositions containing as active ingredient 5-amino-salicylic acid, comprising: a) an inner lipophilic matrix consisting of substances with a melting point below 90.degree. C. in which the active ingredient is at least partly inglobated; b) an outer hydrophilic matrix in which the lipophilic matrix is dispersed; c) optionally other excipients.
Inventor(s): Villa; Roberto (Panama, PA), Pedrani; Massimo (Panama, PA), Ajani; Mauro (Panama, PA), Fossati; Lorenzo (Panama, PA)
Assignee: Cosmo S.p.A. (Milan, IT)
Application Number:10/009,491
Patent Claims: 1. Controlled-release oral pharmaceutical compositions containing as an active ingredient 5-amino-salicylic acid, comprising: a) an inner lipophilic matrix consisting of substances selected from the group consisting of unsaturated and/or hydrogenated fatty acid, salts, esters or amides thereof, fatty acid mono-, di- or triglycerids, waxes, ceramides, and cholesterol derivatives with melting points below 90.degree. C., and wherein the active ingredient is dispersed both in said the lipophilic matrix and in the hydrophilic matrix; b) an outer hydrophilic matrix wherein the lipophilic matrix is dispersed, and said outer hydrophilic matrix consists of compounds selected from the group consisting of polymers or copolymers of acrylic or methacrylic acid, alkylvinyl polymers, hydroxyalkyl celluloses, carboxyalkyl celluloses, polysaccharides, dextrins, pectins, starches and derivatives, alginic acid, and natural or synthetic gums; c) optionally other excipients; wherein the active ingredient is present in an amount of 80 to 95% by weight of the total composition, and wherein the active ingredient is dispersed both in the lipophilic matrix and in the hydrophilic matrix.

2. Compositions as claimed in claim 1, wherein 5-aminosalicylic acid is dispersed in a molten lipophilic matrix by kneading, extrusion and/or granulation.

3. Compositions as claimed in claim 1, in the form of tablets, capsules, mintablets.

4. A process for the preparation of the compositions of claim 1, which comprises: a) melt granulation of at least one portion of the active ingredient with the lipophilic excipients with melting point lower than 90.degree. C.; b) mixing the granules from step a) with the hydrophilic excipients and subsequent tabletting or compression.
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