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Details for Patent: 6,682,747

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Details for Patent: 6,682,747

Title: Process for preparing an oral suspension of a pharmaceutical substance
Abstract:The present invention relates to orally administered suspensions of pharmaceutical active substances of the NSAID type, particularly the antirheumatic agent Meloxicam, which are stabilized by the addition of small amounts of highly dispersed silicon dioxide using high shear forces and adding small amounts of hydrophilic polymers to form a three-dimensional siloid structure, and a process for the preparation thereof.
Inventor(s): Turck; Dietrich (Ulm, DE), Schmelmer; Veit (Biberach, DE)
Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma KG (Ingelheim, DE)
Filing Date:Nov 07, 2000
Application Number:09/707,526
Claims:1. A process for preparing a pharmaceutical composition of matter which is an orally administered suspension of active substance particles of an acid enolcarboxamide which comprises the steps of: (a) grinding the active substance particles to produce ground active substance particles having a particle size spectrum in which at least about 90% of the particles are smaller than about 50 .mu.m; (b) suspending the ground active substance particles in a physiologically inert dispersion medium in which the solubility of the active substance is less than 500 .mu.g/ml to produce a suspended ground active substance; (c) adding highly dispersed silicon dioxide to the suspended ground active substance with the aid of a mixer having shear forces characterized by a circumferential rotor speed of about 15 m/s to 35 m/s to produce a ground active substance and highly dispersed silicon dioxide mixture; and (d) adding about 0.05% to about 2% by weight of a hydrophilic polymer soluble in the dispersion medium to the ground active substance and highly dispersed silicon dioxide mixture to produce the pharmaceutical composition of matter.

2. The process of claim 1, wherein the ground active substance particles have a particle size spectrum in which at least about 50% of the particles are smaller than about 10 .mu.m.

3. The process of claim 2, wherein the ground active substance particles have a particle size spectrum in which at least about 90% of the particles are smaller than about 10 .mu.m.

4. The process of claim 1, further comprising the step of adding a flavoring, a sweetener, a preservative, or any combination thereof, to the suspended ground active substance.

5. The process for preparing a pharmaceutical composition of matter which is an orally administered suspension of active substance particles of an acid enolcarboxamide which comprises the steps of: (a) grinding the active substance particles to produce ground active substance particles having a particle size spectrum in which at least about 90% of the particles are smaller than about 10 .mu.m; (b) suspending the ground active substance particles in a dispersion medium comprising a physiologically acceptable, aqueous buffer system at a pH in the range of about 2 to about 4 in which the solubility of the active substance is less than 500 .mu.g/ml to produce a suspended ground active substance; (c) adding highly dispersed silicon dioxide to the suspended ground active substance with the aid of a mixer having shear forces characterized by a circumferential rotor speed of about 15 m/s to 35 m/s to produce a ground active substance and highly dispersed silicon dioxide mixture; and (d) adding about 0.05% to about 2% by weight of a hydrophilic polymer soluble in the dispersion medium to the ground active substance and highly dispersed silicon dioxide mixture to produce the pharmaceutical composition of matter.

6. The process of claim 5, further comprising adding a flavoring, a sweetener, a preservative, or any combination thereof, to the suspend ground active substance.

7. The process of claim 5, wherein the acid enolcarboxamide is meloxicam.

8. The process of claim 7, wherein the aqueous buffer system is selected from the group consisting of: (a) sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate/citric acid monohydrate; (b) glycine/HCl; (c) Na-citrate/HCl; (d) K-hydrogen phthalate/HCl; (e) citric acid/phosphate; (f) citrate-phosphate-borate/HCl; and (g) Britton-Robinson buffer.

9. The process of claim 8, wherein a physiologically acceptable aqueous or organic liquid or an aqueous solution of a sugar alcohol is added to the suspended ground active substance.

10. The process of claim 5, wherein the active substance comprises about 0.1% to about 5% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition of matter.

11. The process of claim 2, wherein the acid enolcarboxamide is selected from the group consisting of piroxicam, tenoxicam, lomoxicam, and meloxicam, and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

12. The process of claim 9, wherein the physiologically acceptable aqueous or organic liquid or the aqueous solution of a sugar alcohol is selected from the group consisting of: glycerol, an aqueous solution of sorbitol, an aqueous solution of mannitol, or an aqueous solution of xylitol.

13. The process of claim 2, wherein the ground active substance particles have a particle size spectrum in which at least about 50% of the particles are smaller than about 10 .mu.m.

14. The process of claim 2, wherein the ground active substance particles have a particle size spectrum in which at least about 90% of the particles are smaller than about 10 .mu.M.

15. The process of claim 2, wherein the dispersion medium is a mixture of about 30% to about 50% aqueous sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate/citric acid monohydrate buffer, about 10% to about 20% glycerol, about 10% to about 20% xylitol, and about 20% to about 30% sorbitol or mannitol solution, wherein the sorbitol or mannitol solution is an about 70% aqueous solution.

16. The process of claim 2, wherein the silicon dioxide is present in an amount of from about 0.5% to about 2% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition of matter.

17. The process of claim 2, wherein the hydrophilic polymer is a pharmaceutical-grade water-soluble cellulose ether.

18. The process of claim 17, herein the cellulose ether is present in an amount of from about 0.05% to about 0.5% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition of matter.

19. The process of claim 17, wherein the cellulose ether is selected from the group consisting of hydroxyethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, and hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose.

20. The process of claim 7, wherein the pharmaceutical composition of matter comprises about 0.050 to about 3.000 g of meloxicam in about 118 g of the pharmaceutical composition of matter.
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