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Details for Patent: 5,716,644

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Details for Patent: 5,716,644

Title: Composition for sustained release of non-aggregated erythropoietin
Abstract:A composition, and methods of forming and using said composition, for the sustained release of non-aggregated, biologically active, erythropoietin (EPO). The sustained release composition of this invention comprises a polymeric matrix of a biocompatible polymer and particles of biologically active, aggregation-stabilized EPO, wherein said particles are dispersed within the biocompatible polymer. The method of the invention for producing a composition for the sustained release of biologically active EPO, includes dissolving a biocompatible polymer in a polymer solvent to form a polymer solution, dispersing particles of biologically active, aggregation-stabilized EPO in the polymer solution, and then solidifying the polymer to form a polymeric matrix containing a dispersion of said EPO particles. The method for using a composition of the invention is a method for providing a therapeutically effective blood level of biologically active, non-aggregated erythropoietin in a subject for a sustained period. In this method, a subject is administered an effective dose of the sustained release composition of the present invention.
Inventor(s): Zale; Stephen E. (Hopkington, MA), Burke; Paul A. (Medford, MA), Bernstein; Howard (Cambridge, MA), Brickner; Avram (Brookline, MA)
Assignee: Alkermes, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Filing Date:Jun 07, 1995
Application Number:08/478,502
Claims:1. Biologically active, aggregation-stabilized erythropoietin, comprising a lyophilized solution containing:

a) biologically active erythropoietin;

b) ammonium sulfate; and

c) a buffer with a pH between 5 and 7.

2. A method for forming particles of biologically active, aggregation-stabilized erythropoietin, comprising the steps of:

a) mixing ammonium sulfate with a solution of isolated biologically active erythropoietin to form an aggregation stabilizing mixture;

b) forming particles from said mixture, wherein said particles contain isolated biologically active erythropoietin and ammonium sulfate.

3. A method for providing a therapeutically effective blood level of biologically active, non-aggregated erythropoietin in a subject for a sustained period, comprising administering to the subject a dose of a composition for the sustained release of biologically active, non-aggregated erythropoietin from a polymeric matrix, comprising:

a) a biodegradable polymer; and

b) particles of biologically active, aggregation-stabilized erythropoietin, wherein said particles include erythropoietin in contact with ammonium sulfate and wherein said erythropoietin particles are dispersed within the polymeric matrix.

4. A method for providing a therapeutically effective blood level of biologically active, non-aggregated erythropoietin in a subject for a sustained period, comprising administering to the subject a dose of a composition for the sustained release of biologically active, non-aggregated erythropoietin from a polymeric matrix, comprising:

a) a biodegradable polymer; and

b) particles of biologically active, aggregation-stabilized erythropoietin, wherein said particles include erythropoietin in contact with ammonium sulfate and are formed by lyophilizing a mixture containing:

a) biologically active erythropoietin;

b) ammonium sulfate; and

c) a buffer with a pH between about 4 and about 8;

and wherein said erythropoietin particles are dispersed within the polymeric matrix.
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