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Details for Patent: 6,696,091

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Details for Patent: 6,696,091

Title: Pharmaceutical composition of topiramate
Abstract:The invention is directed to a pharmaceutical composition of topiramate an anticonvulsant which is useful for treating epilepsy. More specifically, the present invention provides a solid dosage formulation of topiramate intended primarily for use by pediatric patients, or for patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets. Processes for preparing the pharmaceutical composition are also described.
Inventor(s): Thakur; Madhav S. (North Wales, PA), Kotwal; Pramod M. (Blue Bell, PA), Gibbs; Irwin S. (Huntington Valley, PA)
Assignee: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Raritan, NJ)
Filing Date:Mar 01, 1999
Application Number:09/259,718
Claims:1. A method of treating diabetes in a mammal in need thereof which comprises administering to the mammal a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising (a) core particles containing an active agent of topiramate, wherein the core particles have an initial particle size between about 0.100 mm and 2.5 mm; and (b) a taste mask coating, wherein the taste mask coating comprises between about 7% by weight and about 15% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition and wherein the coated particles of the pharmaceutical composition have a final particle size of about 0.100 mm to about 2.5 mm.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the core particles comprise the active agent of topiramate and at least one excipient.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the core particles comprise the active agent of topiramate, a binder and a diluent wherein the diluent is sugar spheres.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the taste mask coating comprises between about 9% by weight and about 13% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the taste mask coating comprises about 11% by weight of the pharmaceutical composition.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the core particles have an initial particle size between about 0.5 mm and 1.5 mm and the coated particles of the pharmaceutical composition have a final particle size between about 0.5 mm and 1.5 mm.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the core particles have an initial particle size between about 0.710 mm and 1.18 mm and the coated particles of the pharmaceutical composition have a final particle size between about 0.850 mm and 1.18 mm.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the binder is selected from povidone, HPMC, sodium alginate, panwar gum, acacia gum, gelatin, sugar, molasses, starch, pregelatinized starch, methylcellulose, ethylcellulose or carboxymethylecllulose; and the tase mask coating comprises a taste masking agent and a disintegrant, wherein the taste masking agent is selected from cellulose acetate, methylcellulose, ethylecellulose, a methacrylate or acrylate containing polymer or cellulose acetate butyrate; and the disintegrant is selected from povidone, cellulose, carboxycellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium aluminum silicate, starch, sodium starch glycolate, pregelatinized starch, alginic acid or guar gum.

9. The method of claim 8, wherein the binder is povidone, the taste masking agent is cellulose acetate and the disintegrant is povidone.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the coated particles of the pharmaceutical composition are encapsulated.

11. A method of treating diabetes in a mammal in need thereof which comprises administering to the mammal a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising about 85 to about 93% by weight core beads, and about 7 to about 15% by weight of a coating; wherein the core beads comprise about 18 to about 21% by weight of topiramate, about 8 to about 11% by weight of povidone, and about 58 to about 61% by weight of sugar spheres; and the coating comprises about 6 to about 9% by weight of cellulose acetate, and about 2 to about 5% by weight of povidone.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the pharmaceutical composition comprises about 89% by weight of core beads and about 11% by weight coating, wherein the core beads comprise about 19.8% by weight topiramate, about 9.9% by weight povidone, and about 59.3% by weight sugar spheres; and the coating comprises about 7.2% by weight cellulose acetate and about 3.8% by weight povidone.
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