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Details for Patent: 7,368,120

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Details for Patent: 7,368,120

Title:Methods and compositions for treating pulmonary disorders using optically pure (R,R)-formoterol
Abstract: A method and composition are disclosed utilizing the pure (R,R) isomer of formoterol, which is a potent bronchodilator with reduced adverse effects, a low incidence of the development of tolerance and an increased duration of action, as compared to racemic formoterol.
Inventor(s): Aberg; Gunnar (Sarasota, FL), Morley; John (Richmond-upon-Thames, GB)
Assignee: Sepracor Inc. (Marlborough, MA)
Filing Date:Jan 31, 2005
Application Number:11/046,936
Claims:1. A method of reducing morbidity ascribable to high dose or long term use of .beta.2 sympathomimetic bronchodilator drugs in an asthma patient, the method comprising administering to the asthma patient a therapeutically effective amount of (R,R)-formoterol, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, the (R,R)-formoterol containing at least 90% by weight of (R,R)-formoterol and less than 10% by weight of (S,S)-formoterol.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered by subcutaneous injection, intravenous infusion, inhalation, transdermal delivery or oral administration.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is administered together with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered as the fumarate salt.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered as the tartrate salt.

6. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered as the succinate salt.

7. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered by inhalation and the amount administered is about 1 .mu.g to about 100 .mu.g per day, in single or divided doses.

8. The method of claim 5, wherein the amount administered is about 6 .mu.g to about 25 .mu.g per day, in single or divided doses.

9. The method of claim 6, wherein the amount administered is about 12 .mu.g to about 25 .mu.g per day, in single or divided doses.

10. The method of claim 7, wherein the amount is administered in from two to four divided doses.

11. The method of claim 2, wherein the (R,R)-formoterol is administered orally and the amount administered is about 0.1 mg to about 1 mg per day.
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