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Claims for Patent: 8,034,366

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Claims for Patent: 8,034,366

Title:Ocular implant made by a double extrusion process
Abstract: The invention provides biodegradable implants sized for implantation in an ocular region and methods for treating medical conditions of the eye. The implants are formed from a mixture of hydrophilic end and hydrophobic end PLGA, and deliver active agents into an ocular region without a high burst release.
Inventor(s): Shiah; Jane-Guo (Irvine, CA), Bhagat; Rahul (Irvine, CA), Blanda; Wendy M. (Tustin, CA), Nivaggioli; Thierry (Los Altos, CA), Peng; Lin (Palo Alto, CA), Chou; David (Palo Alto, CA), Weber; David A. (Danville, CA)
Assignee: Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Application Number:11/932,101
Patent Claims: 1. A bioerodible implant for treating a medical condition of the eye comprising a continuous, double extruded rod including an active agent homogeneously dispersed within a biodegradable polymer matrix, wherein the biodegradable polymer matrix comprises a mixture of PLGA having hydrophilic end groups and PLGA having hydrophobic end groups, and wherein the bioerodible implant is sized for implantation in an ocular region.

2. The bioerodible implant of claim 1 wherein the active agent is selected from the group consisting of ace-inhibitors, endogenous cytokines, agents that influence basement membrane, agents that influence the growth of endothelial cells, adrenergic agonists or blockers, cholinergic agonists or blockers, aldose reductase inhibitors, analgesics, anesthetics, antiallergics, anti-inflammatory agents, antihypertensives, pressors, antibacterials, antivirals, antifungals, antiprotozoals, anti-infective agents, antitumor agents, antimetabolites, and antiangiogenic agents.

3. The bioerodible implant of claim 1 wherein the active agent comprises an anti-inflammatory agent or any derivative thereof.

4. The bioerodible implant of claim 3 wherein the active agent comprises a steroidal anti-inflammatory agent or any derivative thereof.

5. The bioerodible implant of claim 4 wherein the active agent is selected from the group consisting of cortisone, dexamethasone, fluocinolone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone, triamcinolone, and any derivative thereof.

6. The bioerodible implant of claim 5 wherein the active agent comprises dexamethasone.

7. The bioerodible implant of claim 6 wherein said hydrophilic end group is carboxyl, hydroxyl, polyethylene glycol, or a combination thereof.

8. A method for treating a medical condition of the eye in a subject comprising implanting into an ocular region of the subject the bioerodible implant of claim 1 and delivering a therapeutic amount of an active agent to the ocular region.

9. A bioerodible implant for treating a medical condition of the eye comprising a continuous, double extruded rod including dexamethasone homogeneously dispersed within a PLGA polymer matrix, wherein the bioerodible implant comprises approximately 60% by weight dexamethasone, approximately 30% by weight PLGA polymers having end groups consisting of --COOH, and approximately 10% by weight PLGA polymers having end groups consisting of the formula --COOR wherein R=alkyl, and wherein the bioerodible implant is sized for implantation in an ocular region.
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