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Claims for Patent: 7,754,230

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Claims for Patent: 7,754,230

Title:Methods and related compositions for reduction of fat
Abstract: Compositions and methods useful in the reduction of localized fat deposits in patients in need thereof using pharmacologically active detergents are disclosed. The pharmacologically active detergent compositions can additionally include anti-inflammatory agents, analgesics, dispersion or anti-dispersion agents and pharmaceutically acceptable excipients. The pharmacologically active detergent compositions are useful for treating localized accumulations of fat including, for example, lower eyelid fat herniation, lipodystrophy and fat deposits associated with cellulite and do not require surgical procedures such as liposuction.
Inventor(s): Kolodney; Michael S. (Santa Monica, CA), Rotunda; Adam M. (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee: The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) Los Angeles Biomed. Res. Inst. at Harbor UCLA Medical Center (Torrance, CA)
Application Number:11/134,727
Patent Claims: 1. A method for non-surgical removal of a localized fat deposit in a patient having such deposit and desiring to remove such deposit, which method comprises contacting the fat deposit with a composition consisting essentially of an effective amount of less than 20% deoxycholic acid or a salt thereof and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient, wherein said deoxycholic acid or salt thereof is a sole fat removing component and wherein the composition does not include phosphatidylcholine.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the composition consists essentially of a salt of deoxycholic acid.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein said salt of deoxycholic acid is sodium deoxycholate.

4. A method for non-surgical removal of a localized fat deposit in a patient having such deposit and desiring to remove such deposit, which method comprises contacting the fat deposit with a composition consisting essentially of an effective amount of approximately 0.5% of deoxycholic acid or a salt thereof and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient, wherein said deoxycholic acid or salt thereof is a sole fat removing component and wherein the composition does not include phosphatidylcholine.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the composition consists essentially of a salt of deoxycholic acid.

6. The method of claim 5 wherein said salt of deoxycholic acid is sodium deoxycholate.

7. A method for non-surgical removal of a localized fat deposit in a patient having such deposit and desiring to remove such deposit, which method comprises contacting the fat deposit with a composition consisting essentially of an effective amount of up to 5% of a salt of deoxycholic acid and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient, wherein said salt of deoxycholic acid is a sole fat removing component and wherein the composition does not include phosphatidylcholine.
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