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Last Updated: September 21, 2021

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Claims for Patent: 9,730,910


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Summary for Patent: 9,730,910
Title:Treatment of circadian rhythm disorders
Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to the use of a melatonin agonist in the treatment of free running circadian rhythms in patients, including light perception impaired patients, e.g., blind patients, and to methods of measuring circadian rhythm.
Inventor(s): Dressman; Marlene Michelle (Germantown, MD), Feeney; John Joseph (Olney, MD), Licamele; Louis William (Potomac, MD), Polymeropoulos; Mihael H. (Potomac, MD)
Assignee: Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Washington, DC)
Application Number:14/510,321
Patent Litigation and PTAB cases: See patent lawsuits and PTAB cases for patent 9,730,910
Patent Claims: 1. A method of treating a patient for a circadian rhythm disorder wherein the patient is being treated with rifampicin, the method comprising: (A) discontinuing the rifampicin treatment and then (B) treating the patient with tasimelteon, thereby avoiding the use of tasimelteon in combination with rifampicin and also thereby avoiding reduced exposure to tasimelteon caused by induction of CYP3A4 by rifampicin.

2. The method of claim 1 that comprises treating the patient for Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein the patient is light perception impaired (LPI).

4. The method of claim 3 wherein treating the patient with tasimelteon comprises orally administering to the patient 20 mg of tasimelteon once daily before a target bedtime.

5. The method of claim 4 wherein the patient is entrained to a 24 hour sleep-wake cycle in which the patient awakens at or near a target wake time following a daily sleep period of approximately 7 to 9 hours.

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