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Claims for Patent: 7,635,707

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Claims for Patent: 7,635,707

Title:Pirfenidone treatment for patients with atypical liver function
Abstract: Methods are provided for administering pirfenidone to a patient that has exhibited abnormal biomarkers of liver function in response to pirfenidone administration. The methods include administering to a patient pirfenidone at doses lower than the full target dosage for a time period, followed by administering to the patient pirfenidone at the full target dosage. The methods also include administering pirfenidone at the full target dose with no reduction and administering permanently reduced doses of pirfenidone.
Inventor(s): Bradford; Williamson Ziegler (Ross, CA), Szwarcberg; Javier (San Mateo, CA)
Assignee: Intermune, Inc. (Brisbane, CA)
Application Number:12/553,292
Patent Claims: 1. A method of administering pirfenidone to treat a patient with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), said patient having exhibited a grade 2 abnormality in one or more biomarkers of liver function after pirfenidone administration, comprising (a) administering to said patient pirfenidone at doses of 2400 mg/day or 2403 mg/day.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein prior to step (a) pirfenidone is discontinued until biomarkers of liver function are within normal limits.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the pirfenidone is administered three times per day with food.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein said one or more biomarkers of liver function is selected from the group consisting of alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase.

5. The method of claim 1 further comprising the step of measuring one or more biomarkers of liver function during step (a).

6. The method of claim 1, wherein said one or more biomarkers of liver function is selected from the group consisting of alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase.

7. A method of administering pirfenidone to treat a patient with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), said patient having exhibited a grade 2 abnormality in one or more biomarkers of liver function after pirfenidone administration, comprising (a) administering to said patient pirfenidone at doses of 1600 mg/day or 1602 mg/day.

8. The method of claim 7 wherein prior to step (a) pirfenidone is discontinued until biomarkers of liver function are within normal limits.

9. The method of claim 7 wherein prior to step (a) pirfenidone is administered at about 800 mg/day or 801 mg/day pirfenidone for about one week, or until biomarkers of liver function are within normal limits.

10. The method of claim 7 wherein prior to step (a) pirfenidone is discontinued for about one week, or until biomarkers of liver function are within normal limits, followed by administering about 800 mg/day or 801 mg/day pirfenidone for about one week.

11. The method of claim 7, wherein the pirfenidone is administered three times per day with food.

12. The method of claim 7, wherein said one or more biomarkers of liver function is selected from the group consisting of alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase.

13. The method of claim 7 further comprising the step of measuring one or more biomarkers of liver function during step (a).

14. The method of claim 7, wherein said one or more biomarkers of liver function is selected from the group consisting of alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase.
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