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Claims for Patent: 8,450,338

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Claims for Patent: 8,450,338

Title:Granular compositions of sodium picosulphate and potassium bicarbonate and uses thereof
Abstract: Compositions are provided that are useful for the preparation of a medicament. The compositions comprise granules having a layer of sodium picosulphate coated on potassium bicarbonate. Additional granules having a layer of magnesium oxide coated on a core of citric acid are also provided. The two types of granules may be combined to obtain mixtures (preferably homogeneous or substantially homogeneous mixtures) of the two types of granules, which are useful, e.g., as pharmaceutical compositions.
Inventor(s): Xu; Haijun (Zhongshan, CN), Diao; Tiejun (Zhongshan, CN)
Assignee: Ferring International Center S.A. (St-Prex, CH)
Application Number:13/246,739
Patent Claims: 1. A composition comprising sodium picosulphate coated granules having a spray-coated layer of sodium picosulphate coating a potassium bicarbonate core.

2. The composition according to claim 1, wherein the granules have a diameter between about 100 .mu.m and about 900 .mu.m.

3. The composition according to claim 1 wherein more than 85% of the granules have a diameter between about 100 .mu.m and about 900 .mu.m.

4. The composition according to claim 1 wherein less than 5% of the granules have a diameter greater than about 900 .mu.m; or wherein less than 5% of the granules have a diameter less than about 100 .mu.m.

5. The composition according to claim 1 which is a pharmaceutical composition.

6. The composition according to claim 1, further comprising a dry mixture of citric acid and magnesium oxide.

7. A composition prepared by a process comprising steps of: (a) spray coating a solution of sodium picosulphate onto potassium bicarbonate; and (b) drying the sodium picosulphate and potassium bicarbonate thereby obtaining sodium picosulphate-coated granules, wherein the sodium picosulphate-coated granules have a layer of sodium picosulphate coating a potassium bicarbonate core.

8. A process for the preparation of a composition according to claim 1 wherein said process comprises steps of: (a) spray coating a solution of sodium picosulphate on to potassium bicarbonate; and (b) drying the sodium picosulphate and potassium bicarbonate thereby obtaining sodium picosulphate coated granules, wherein the sodium picosulphate coated granules have a layer of sodium picosulphate coating a potassium bicarbonate core.

9. The process according to claim 8 wherein the potassium bicarbonate is preheated prior to spray coating the solution of sodium picosulphate on to the potassium bicarbonate.

10. The process according to claim 8 wherein the sodium picosulphate and potassium bicarbonate are dried at a temperature of between 30.degree. to 100.degree. C.

11. The process according to claim 8 wherein the step of drying is performed during or after the step of spray coating.

12. The process according to claim 11, wherein the step of drying is performed immediately after the step of spray coating.

13. The process according to claim 8 wherein the steps of spray coating and drying are each applied two or more times, and wherein each step of drying is performed during or after a step of spray coating.

14. The process according to claim 13, wherein each step of drying is performed immediately after a step of spray coating.

15. The process according to claim 8 wherein the sodium picosulphate coated granules have a particle diameter between about 100 .mu.m and about 900 .mu.m.

16. The process according to claim 8 wherein more than 85% of the sodium picosulphate coated granules have a diameter between about 100 .mu.m and about 900 .mu.m.

17. The process according to claim 8 wherein less than 5% of the sodium picosulphate coated granules have a diameter greater than about 900 .mu.m; or wherein less than 5% of the sodium picosulphate coated granules have a diameter less than about 100 .mu.m.

18. The process according to claim 8 wherein the sodium picosulphate is in aqueous solution.

19. The process according to claim 8, which additionally comprises mixing at least a part of the sodium picosulphate coated granules with: (i) a dry mixture of citric acid and magnesium oxide, and (ii) optionally, at least one of saccharin sodium and orange flavoring.
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