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Details for Patent: 6,468,548

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Details for Patent: 6,468,548

Title: Autoclavable pharmaceutical compositions containing a chelating agent
Abstract:The present invention describes an autoclavable ophthalmic composition comprising an ophthalmically effective drug. The invention further relates to a method for stabilizing an ophthalmic drug.
Inventor(s): Kis; Gyorgy Lajos (Triboltingen, CH)
Assignee: Novartis AG (Basel, CH)
Filing Date:Jul 14, 2000
Application Number:09/616,151
Claims:1. A method for stabilizing an ophthalmic composition comprising dexamethasone, ketotifen or an ophthalmically acceptable salt of ketotifen, comprising: admixing an ophthalmically acceptable carrier, a drug selected from dexamethasone, ketotifen, and an ophthalmically acceptable salt of ketotifen and an amount of a stabilizer selected from the group consisting of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, salts of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, desferoxamine, salts of desferoxamine, chelating agents having phosphonic acid groups, and chelating agents having phosphonate groups, wherein said amount of stabilizer is sufficient to stabilize the drug against decomposition upon autoclaving, to provide a mixture; and autoclaving said mixture.

2. The method according to claim 1, wherein the stabilizer is ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid.

3. The method according to claim 1, wherein said mixture further comprises a preservative, which is selected from the group consisting of sepazonium chloride, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, cetylpyridinium chloride, benzoxonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, domiphen bromide and benzalkonium chloride.

4. The method according to claim 1, wherein said mixture further comprises one or more excipients selected from the group consisting of buffers, carriers, solubilizers, preservatives, tonicity enhancing agents and fillers.

5. The method according to claim 1, wherein said mixture further comprises a cyclodextrin selected from the group consisting of .alpha.-cyclodextrin, .beta.-cyclodextrin, .gamma.-cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl-.beta.-cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl-.gamma.-cyclodextrin, dimethyl-.beta.-cydodextrin, and dimethyl-.gamma.-cyclodextrin.

6. The method according to claim 1, wherein said mixture comprises a carrier selected from the group consisting of water, methylcellulose, alkali metal salts of carboxymethylcellulose, hydroxymethylcellulose, hydroxyethylcellulose, methylhydroxypropylcellulose, cross-linked polyacrylic acid, and mixtures thereof.

7. The method according to claim 1, wherein said stabilizer is selected from the group consisting of diethylenetriamine penta(methylenephosphonic acid), hexamethylenediamine tetra(methylenephosphonic acid), ethylenediamine tetra(methylenephosphonic acid), and aminotrimethylene phosphonates.

8. The method according to claim 1, wherein the stabilizer is selected from the group consisting of desferoxamine, salts thereof, derivatives thereof, and mixtures thereof.

9. The method according to claim 2, wherein the drug is a member selected from the group consisting of ketotifen and ophthalmically acceptable salts of ketotifen.
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