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Details for Patent: 8,546,363

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Details for Patent: 8,546,363

Title:Controlled release corticosteroid compositions and methods for the treatment of otic disorders
Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for the treatment of otic disorders with steroid, NSAID, and/or adenosine triphosphatase ("ATPase") modulator agents. In these methods, the steroidal, NSAID, and/or ATPase compositions and formulations are administered locally to an individual afflicted with an otic disorder, through direct application of these compositions and formulations onto or via perfusion into the targeted auris structure(s).
Inventor(s): Ye; Qiang (San Diego, CA), Dellamary; Luis A. (San Marcos, CA)
Assignee: Otonomy, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Filing Date:Jul 15, 2010
Application Number:12/837,286
Claims:1. A method for preparing a pharmaceutical thermoreversible gel formulation comprising multiparticulate dexamethasone comprising the steps of: (a) heat-sterilizing micronized dexamethasone; (b) sterile-filtering or heat sterilizing an aqueous solution comprising a thermoreversible polymer; and (c) combining the solution of step (b) with the heat-sterilized dexamethasone to achieve the pharmaceutical thermoreversible gel formulation having less than 50 colony forming units of microbial agents per gram of formulation and having a gelation temperature between about 19.degree. C. and about 42.degree. C.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the dexamethasone is heat-sterilized by dry-heat sterilization of dexamethasone powder at a temperature of between about 130.degree. C. and about 180.degree. C.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the aqueous solution comprising a thermoreversible polymer is heat sterilized.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the heat sterilization is carried out in an autoclave.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the aqueous solution comprising a thermoreversible polymer is sterile filtered at a temperature below about 19.degree. C.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the combining is carried out under aseptic conditions.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the thermoreversible polymer is a copolymer of polyoxypropylene and polyoxyethylene.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the thermoreversible polymer is Poloxamer 407.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the concentration of the thermoreversible polymer in the pharmaceutical thermoreversible gel formulation is between about 16% and about 21% by weight of the formulation.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the concentration of dexamethasone in the pharmaceutical thermoreversible gel formulation is between about 0.1% to about 10% by weight of the formulation.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the pharmaceutical thermoreversible gel formulation is injectable via a 18-31 gauge needle at the time of administration.
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