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Details for Patent: 6,797,258

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Details for Patent: 6,797,258

Title: Compositions and methods for the pulmonary delivery of aerosolized macromolecules
Abstract:According to the subject invention, dispersible dry powder pharmaceutical-based compositions are provided, including methods for their manufacture and dry powder dispersion devices. A dispersible dry powder pharmaceutical-based composition is one having a moisture content of less than about 10% by weight (% w) water, usually below about 5% w and preferably less than about 3% w; a particle size of about 1.0-5.0 .mu.m mass median diameter (MMD), usually 1.0-4.0 .mu.m MMD, and preferably 1.0-3.0 .mu.m MMD; a delivered dose of about >30%, usually >40%, preferably >50%, and most preferred >60%; and an aerosol particle size distribution of about 1.0-5.0 .mu.m mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD), usually 1.5-4.5 .mu.m MMAD, and preferably 1.5-4.0 .mu.m MMAD. Such compositions are of pharmaceutical grade purity.
Inventor(s): Platz; Robert M. (Half Moon Bay, CA), Patton; John S. (Portola Valley, CA), Foster; Linda (Sunnyvale, CA), Eljamal; Mohammed (Tripoli, CA)
Assignee: Nektar Therapeutics (San Carlos, CA)
Filing Date:Feb 08, 2002
Application Number:10/072,430
Claims:1. An aerosolizable, spray-dried powder formulation for pulmonary delivery comprising a FSH, wherein the powder formulation (i) is substantially free of penetration enhancers, and (ii) comprises a plurality of particles having a particle size of less than 10 microns MMD wherein the formulation is free of cyclodextrin with the provison that cyclodextrin is not in the formulation.

2. The formulation of claim 1, containing less than 5% FSH degradation products.

3. The formulation of claim 1, further comprising a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

4. The formulation of claim 3, wherein said excipient is selected from the group consisting of carbohydrates, amino acids, polypeptides, buffers, and salts.

5. The formulation of claim 4, wherein said excipient is a carbohydrate selected from the group consisting of galactose, mannose, sorbose, lactose, trehalose, raffinose, maltodextrins, dextrans, mannitol, and xylitol.

6. The formulation of claim 4, wherein said excipient is an amino acid.

7. The formulation of claim 6, wherein said amino acid is selected from the group consisting of alanine, glycine, tryptophan, tyrosine, leucine, and phenylalanine.

8. The formulation of claim 6, wherein said amino acid is a hydrophobic amino acid.

9. The formulation of claim 8, wherein said amino acid is effective to increase the dispersibility of the formulation.

10. The formulation of claim 4, wherein said excipient comprises HSA.

11. The formulation of claim 4, wherein said excipient comprises a buffer.

12. The formulation of claim 4, comprising from about 0.05 to about 99 percent by weight FSH.

13. The formulation of claim 1, particles sized from about 1.0-5.0 microns MMD.

14. The formulation of claim 1, wherein said powder comprises particles sized from about 1.0-5.0 microns MMAD.

15. The formulation of claim 1, further characterized by a delivered dose of greater than about 30%.

16. A method of treating a disease state responsive to treatment by FSH, said method comprising administering by inhalation to a subject in need thereof the formulation of claim 1 in aerosolized form.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein said administering step comprises dispersing said powder formulation in a gas stream to form an aerosol and inhaling.

18. A method for preparing a FSH dry powder composition suitable for pulmonary delivery, said method comprising spray drying an aqueous mixture comprising FSH under conditions effective to provide a respirable, spray dried FSH powder, wherein the powder formulation (i) is substantially free of penetration enhancers, and (ii) comprises a plurality of particles having a particle size of less than 10 microns MMD wherein the formulations is free of cyclodextrin.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the powder formed in said spray drying step contains less than 5% FSH degradation products.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein said aqueous mixture further comprises a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.

21. The method of claim 18, wherein 98% or more of the mass of the spray dried powder comprises particles having a diameter of 10 microns or less.

22. The method of claim 18 wherein 90% or more of the mass of the spray dried powder comprises particles having a diameter of 5 microns or less.
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