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Details for Patent: 5,079,009

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Details for Patent: 5,079,009

Title: Controlled release compositions including polyethylene oxide with urethane cross-linking
Abstract:A controlled release composition comprising an active substance other than a prostaglandin and a polymeric carrier therefor comprising residues having a ratio of number average molecular weight to functionality greater than 1000 which comprises polyethylene oxide and are cross-linked through urethane groups.
Inventor(s): Embrey; Mostyn P. (Oxford, GB2), Graham; Neil B. (Dunbartonshire, GB6)
Assignee: National Research Development Corporation (London, GB2)
Filing Date:Jan 02, 1990
Application Number:07/459,959
Claims:1. A process for preparation of a controlled release composition comprising an active substance other than a prostaglandin and a polymeric carrier therefor comprising residues having a ratio of number average molecular weight to functionality greater than 1,500 which comprise polyethylene oxide and are cross-linked through urethane groups the degree of cross-linking being such that there is at least one cross-linking point per ten residues comprising said polyethylene oxide but such that the preparation of said polyethylene oxide is greater than 50% by weight of the polymeric carrier, said process comprising fabricating said polymeric carrier; contacting said polymeric carrier with a solution of said active substance and permitting said carrier to swell therein; and removing the swollen polymeric carrier from said solution.

2. The process of claim 1, wherein said polymeric carrier removed from said solution is dried.

3. The process of claim 1, wherein the permitted swelling of said polymeric carrier is from 200 to 700 parts per volume per hundred of the initial dry volume.

4. The process of claim 1, wherein the swelling is effected at a temperature of -20.degree. C. to +20.degree..
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