Title of Invention

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION

Abstract This invention provides a pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine.
Full Text This invention relates to oral suspension formulations of oxcarbazepine (Trileptal ®
Oxcarbazepine (10,11-Dihydro-10-oxo-5H-di-benz[b,f]azepine-5-carboxamicle) is a known anticonvulsant useful in the treatment of seizures resulting from, for example, an epileptic attack. Its preparation is described, e.g., in the Gemnan patent 2,011,087.
Oral suspension fomris of oxcarbazepine are known in the art. They have been developed to obtain an additional dosage form for, e.g., pediatric use and for patients having difficulties in swallowing tablets.
We have found that an unexpected high viscosity/thixotropy, e.g. high viscosity and insufficient flow behavior as well as a brownish discoloration appears in commercially available suspensions after long-term storage. The insufficient flow behavior becomes apparent in the form of "lumps" which could only be re-dispersed with difficulty by a very vigorous shaking. The brownish discoloration would be due to the formation of degradation products of ascorbic acid when added as an antioxidant.
After intensive testing we have surprisingly found that it is possible to manufacture an oral suspension form of oxcarbazepine having improved physico-chemical properties so that their use by patients, e.g., epileptic children or adults having difficulties in swallowing tablets, is highly facilitated.
The present invention relates in a first aspect to a stable and easily pourable phamiaceutical composition In the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine and having, when shaken, a viscosity in the range of 5 to 52 mPa.s., e.g. 10 to 40 mPa.s or 10 to 30 mPa.s, e.g., 10 to 25 mPa.s.
Under "shaken" is to be understood shaken prior to use, e.g. by a patient, e.g. vigorously shaken, e.g. by hand, e.g. for 5 to 30 s.
The viscosity may be measured, e.g., by using a Haake VT 550 viscometer (Searie-principle). For example, a Spindle type NV is used and the shear rate is set to 1000 s'V The

measuring temperature is 20 °C. The sample is vigorously shaken, e.g., by hand, prior to filling into the measuring beaker. The measurement then is carried out directly after filling. The suspension may be stirred 5 minutes at 1000 s' before a reading is taken.
In a further aspect the present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine and one or more cellulosic polymers or mixtures thereof, comprising, e.g., a mixture of carboxymethylcellulose, e.g., its sodium salt, and microcrystailine cellulose, said mixture being present in a range of 1.25 to 1.95 % (g/mi), e.g., 1.35 to 1.65 %, e.g., 1.5 %, of the total composition. Preferably the ratio of carboxymethyl cellulose to microcrystailine cellulose In the mixture is 1:5 to 1:12 e.g., 1:8 to 1:10. As a preferred mixture one may use dispersible cellulose, e.g. as known under the trade name Avicel® RC, e.g. Avicel® RC 591, commercially available from e.g. FMC Corporation. USA, Avicel® RC 591 shows the following characteristics: carboxymethylcellulose sodium content from about 8.3 to about 13.8 %, viscosity from about 39 to 91 cps, loss on drying not more than 6 %, heavy metals not more than 0.001 %. pH from about 6 to about 8, residue on ignition not more than 5 % (manufacturer information).
The suspension of the invention provides various advantages including an absence of "lumps" even after long storage when the composition is shaken for use, as well as a highly improved pourability. Moreover, such a composition is stable, e.g. up to 3 years, and well tolerated for oral administration.
In a preferred embodiment, the composition of the invention comprises an antioxidant. Antioxidants may be employed to protect oxcarbazepine from oxidative degradation. Antioxidants may be selected from any of those compounds known in the art, e.g., ascoriDic acid, sodium pyrosulfite, glutathion, or sorbic acid. The type and amount of antioxidant employed may be determined according the general knowledge of the man skilled in the art and may depend, e.g., upon the concentration of oxcarbazepine employed. For example, the antioxidant, e.g., ascori^ic acid, may be present in a range of 0.75 to 2% (g/ml), e.g. 1% of the total composition. Further, the amount and type of antioxidant is preferably selected so that it does not influence the dissociation of the cellulosic polymer(s) or their mixtures. Other suitable antioxidants than those previously mentioned may be used as long as this condition is fulfilled.

As an alternative to the use of antioxidant compounds, in order to reduce the likelihood of forming oxidative degradation products, the antioxidant effect can be achieved by displacing oxygen (air) from contact with the oxcarbazepine suspension. This is usually carried out by purging with, e.g. nitrogen or carbon dioxide, a container holding the suspension when being packaged. Nevertheless, even if care is taken to purge a filled container of air, in large volume oxcarbazepine suspensions, e.g. larger than 60 ml, more particularly about 250 ml, oxidative degradation products may be detected after only relatively short storage periods. In the case of low volume oral suspensions, e.g., about 100 ml or less of oxcarbazepine, by carefully purging a filled container with nitrogen or other inert gas the formation of oxidative degradation products may be avoided. When the formulations are carefully purged of oxygen, the dissolved oxygen content may be less than 2 mg/ml, e.g. 1 mg/ml or lower.
Even for large volume of oral suspensions of the invention the formation of oxidative degradation products may be surprisingly avoided by judiciously selecting the type and quantity of antioxidant as described above. This may be the case irrespective of whether the precaution is taken of purging the system of air.
The pH of the suspension of the invention is selected having regard to the properties, e.g. stability, of certain excipients. It has been found that a certain pH may promote the fomnation of oxidative degradation products, e.g., of the antioxidant, e.g., furfurals from ascorbic acid. For example, the pH of a suspension, e.g. containing ascorbic acid as antioxidant, may be adjusted so that it is in a range of pH 2 to 4, e.g.. pH 2.7 to 3.7. This provides a suspension with a better stability.
In a further embodiment of the invention the suspension may comprise between 1 to 20% (g/ml), e.g.. 5 to 7%, e.g., 6% of oxcarbazepine which is preferably in the form of a micronized substance. The quantity of particles larger than 40 micrometers (jim) is limited to a maximum of 5% by weight and the median particle size by Fraunhofer diffraction Is specified to be within 4-10 jim.

in a runner aspect me preseni invenuon reiaies lo a pnarmaceuticai composition in the Torm of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine and less than 0.5% (g/ml) of hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), e.g., no HEC.
In a further aspect the present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition in the form of a thixotropic oral suspension comprising 6 % (g/mi) oxcarbazepine and having, when shaken, a viscosity in the range of 5 to 52 or 5 to 50 mPas, e.g., 10 to 40 mPa.s or 10 to 30 mPas., e.g., 10 to 25 mPas.
In a further aspect the present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine which is capable of freely flowing out of an orifice having a 3 mm diameter at a speed in the range of 0.3 to 4 ml/second, e.g., 0.4 to 3 ml/second.
The suspensions suitable for oral administration are aqueous-based. By "aqueous based " is meant a suspension comprising water, or water and a water-miscible organic solvent or solvents. When an organic co-solvent is employed it is preferred that it is used in amounts of 0.5 to 10% (g/ml) of the total composition. Suitable solvents are those water-miscible solvents commonly used in the art, e.g., propylene glycol (1,2-propane diol), polyethylene glycol 300, polyethylene glycol 400 and ethanol. Such solvents may also be solvents for preservatives which may optionally be used in the suspension.
Oral suspensions according to the invention may contain other excipients commonly employed in oral suspensions in order to provide the required stability and therapeutic efficacy.
Excipients may include:
- preservatives, e.g., propylparaben, methylparaben, sorbic acid;
- wetting agents, e.g., polyethylene glycol stearates, e.g. polyethylene glycol 400 monostearate, e.g. as known and commercially available under the trade name Cremophor S9® from e.g. BASF, Gemiany, Poloxamer. Polysorbates;
- sweeteners, e.g., saccharin sodium, sorbitol solution, e.g. non crystallizing sorbitol solution;

- flavoring agents, e.g., yellow plum lemon aroma, e.g. as commercially available from International Flavors and Fragrances, France.
Solvents other than water, when required, and other reagents may be chosen from medical grade reagents and solvents well known in the art.
In so far as manufacturers of any excipients used in suspension formulations are not described herein, details of excipients of the invention are described in Fiedler's "Lexikon der Hilfstoffe". 4th Edition, ECV Aulendorf 1996 and "Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients" Wade and Weller Ed. (1994) the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.
A typical composition according to the invention comprises (% expressed in mass/volume):
Oxcarbazepine, micronized. 1 to 20%
e.g. TRILEPTAL/AS. extra fine,
AvicelRC591 0.1 to 1,9%
Methylparaben 0.01 to 1%
Polyethylene glycol 400 monostearate 0.01 to 1%
Propylene glycol (1,2-propanediol), dist. 0.5 to 10%
Propylparaben 0.005 to 0.5%
Saccharin sodium, cryst. 0.005 to 0.5 %
Sorbic acid 0.005 to 0.5 %
Sorbitol solution (non crystallizing) 10 to 40%
Ascorbic acid 0.1 to 10%
Water, purified 40 to 85%
Yellow plum-lemon aroma 0 to 15%
With exception of the Yellow plum-lemon aroma and Polyethyleneglycol-400-monostearate all excipients are listed in USP/NF XXIIl.
The formulations of the invention are useful for the known indications of the particular active agent incorporated therein, e.g. for their anti-convulsive action and may be used as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy in the control, prevention or treatment of seizures, e.g. primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization, e.g. resulting from the onset of epilepsy, status epilepticus, cerbro-vascular

disorders, head injury and alcohol withdrawal.
The exact amounts of active agent and of the formulation to be administered depend on a number of factors, e.g. the condition to be treated, the desired duration and the rate of release of the active agent. For example, the amount of active agent required and the release rate thereof may be determined on the basis of known in vitro and in vivo techniques, determining how long a particular active agent concentration in the blood plasma remains at an acceptable level for a therapeutic effect.
Examples of doses are ; For epilepsy, the oral suspension may be administered in children in a daily maintenance dose of 30 mg/kg/day. For example, a 5 ml single dose containing 300 mg of oxcarbazepine may be given up to 3 times a day. In adults a daily maintenance dose ranges between 600 and 1200 mg/day. For example, a 5 ml single dose containing 300 mg of oxcarbazepine may be given up to 4 times a day.
In another aspect of the invention there is provided a process of preparing an oral suspension as hereinabove defined.
The process may be carried out in a conventional manner used in the art of manufacturing oral suspensions, e.g., by mixing all components of the suspension in one batch.
The process of preparing a oral suspension may be carried out in an inert, e.g., stainless steel reactor vessel optionally under an inert atmosphere, e.g. nitrogen.
A process of manufacturing of a composition according to the invention may comprise the following steps:
As a preliminary step, a preservative solution (A) is prepared by mixing the solvent for the preservative, preferably heated at 40-45'C, with the preservatives and a dispersion (B) is prepared by mixing purified water, preferably heated at 45-55°C, or 40-50'*C, with the wetting agent.
The bulk suspension Is then prepared by mixing purified water with the cellulosic polymers, e.g., Avicel RC 591. The mixture obtained is then mixed with solution (A). A sweetener or agent for decreasing microbiological activity, e.g., sorbitol solution, may be added. To the

resulting mixture dispersion (B) is added. The antioxidant, e.g., ascorbic acid, is then added, optionally with a flavoring agent, e.g., yellow plum lemon aroma, e.g. yellow plum lemon aroma 39K020 or 20F, and a further sweetener, e.g., saccharin sodium. Oxcarbazepine is added and the final mixture is stirred, e.g. vigorously stirred, or homogenised to obtain bulk oral suspension (C). By bubbling nitrogen in small bubbles through the dispersion and later extraction of residual nitrogen bubbles by evacuation the content of dissolved oxygen in the dispersion is reduced to a minimum.
The resultant oral suspension is preferably maintained under an inert atmosphere and is transferred to containers, e.g., bottles, optionally after re-suspension. The process for filling containers is discussed hereinbelow.
In a further aspect the present invention relates to a container having a fill volume of, e.g., from about 50 ml to about 300 ml comprising an oxcarbazepine suspension as previously described.
Containers may be chosen which are made of material which is non-reactive or substantially non-reactive with the oral suspension.
Glass containers may be used although it is preferred to use plastic containers. Plastic containers are preferred over glass containers as they are relatively light weight and non-breakable and thus more easily stored. This is particularly the case for large volume suspensions. Plastic containers may be principally composed of thermoplastic polymers. Plastic materials may additionally comprise additives, for example plasticisers, fillers, antioxidants, antistatic agents and other ingredients known in the art for specific purposes.
A primary concern of container systems is the protection they afford a solution against UV degradation. If desired, amber glass employing iron oxide or an opaque cover fitted over the container may afford the appropriate UV protection.
A wide range of container sizes may be employed. Container size may be conveniently categorised as Low-Volume, e.g., 100 ml or less and High-Volume, e.g., above 100 ml and typically 250 ml. In view of the relatively low solubility of oxcarbazepine in water, which has a solubility of 3.2 to 4.2 mg/ml at 25^*0 and pH of 5.8 to 6.0, it is preferable to use a High-

Volume oral suspension, e.g. above 100, more particularly 250 ml in order to have an effective amount of active agent in a single container.
Notwithstanding that it may be preferable to employ organic co-solvents in Low-Volume oral suspensions, the Low-Volume oral suspension offers the advantage of being easier to store and use. Furthermore, the containers used for Low-Volume oral suspensions have a smaller head space when filled which contains less oxygen (air) than the larger containers needed for High-Volume oral suspensions. Containers used in Low-Volume oral suspensions therefore are more easily purged of air, e.g. using nitrogen or other inert gases.
Containers for use in the storage of the oral suspensions according to the invention may be used to administer a multiple dose of active agent. The device used to convey the oral suspension from the container into the body of a patient may be any of the devices commonly used in the art to deliver therapeutic agents as oral suspensions from containers, such as High- or Low-Volume containers as aforementioned. Preferably containers according to the present invention comprise a dosing syringe adapted to fit to said container.
Although the contact time between the device and the oral suspension may usually be brief, it may nevertheless be intimate, and therefore compatibility with the oral suspension should be assured. Accordingly, the material of the device may be the same as the material of the container or may include other materials commonly used in such devices if short term contact therewith is acceptable.
The process of filling containers with the oral suspension should be carried out under optimal hygienic conditions according to procedures well known in the art. Preferably the process is carried out under laminar air flow conditions.
The oral suspensions according to the invention and packaged in containers as described above are stable to prolonged periods of storage.
in a further aspect the present invention relates to a method for the treatment of epilepsy, e.g. the prevention or treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and partial

seizures, with or without secondary generalization, which method comprises administering to a subject in need thereof a composition according to the invention.
In a further aspect the present invention relates to the use of a composition according to the invention in the treatment of epilepsy, e.g. in the prevention or treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization.
In yet a further aspect the present invention relates to the use of a composition according to the invention in the manufacture of a medicament for the prevention or treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization.
Examples:
Example 1: Preparation of an oxcarbazepine oral suspension
A preservative solution (A) is prepared by mixing 2.5 g of propylene glycol, previously heated at 40-45°C, with 0.12 g of methylparaben, 0.03 g of propylparaben and 0.5 g of sorbic acid. A dispersion (B) is then prepared by mixing 0.5 to 50 g of purified water, previously heated at 45-55°C, with 0.1 g of polyethylene glycol 400 monostearate. The bulk suspension is then prepared by mixing the rest of purified water (to reach 71.70 g in total) with Avicel RC 591. The mixture obtained is then mixed with solution (A). 25 g of sorbitol solution (non crystallizing) is added. To the resulting mixture then dispersion (B) is added. Then ascorbic acid is added together with yellow plum lemon aroma and saccharin sodium. Oxcarbazepine is added and the final mixture is vigorously stirred to obtain the bulk oral suspension (C). By bubbling nitrogen in small bubbles through the dispersion and later extraction of residual nitrogen bubbles by evacuation the content of dissolved oxygen in the dispersion is reduced to below 2 mg/L. The resultant oral suspension has, when shaken, a viscosity of 15 mPa.s.
The resultant oral suspension is preferably maintained under an inert atmosphere and is transferred to containers, e.g., bottles, optionally after resuspension according to the process for filling containers discussed above.






A pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine
and having, when shaken, a viscosity in the range of 5 to 52 mPa.s.
A pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine and a mixture of carboxymethylcellulose and microcrystalline cellulose in a range of 1.25 to 1.95 % (g/ml) of the total composition.
A composition according to claim 2 wherein the ratio of carboxymethylcellulose to microcrystalline cellulose in the mixture is 1:5 to 1:12.
A composition according to claim 2 or 3 wherein the carboxymethylcellulose in the mixture is a sodium salt.
A composition according to any one of claims 1 to 4 comprising an antioxidant.
A composition according to claim 5 wherein the antioxidant is ascorbic acid.
A composition according to claim 5 or 6 wherein the antioxidant is present in a range of 0.75 to 2% (g/ml) of the total composition.
A composition according to any preceding claim having a pH in the range of 2 to 4,
A composition according to any preceding claim comprising oxcarbazepine in an amount of 1 to 20% (g/ml).
A pharmaceutical composition in the form of a suspension comprising oxcarbazepine and less than 0.5% (g/ml) of hydroxyethyicellulose.
A container having a fill volume of from about 50 ml to about 300 ml comprising an oxcarbazepine suspension according to any preceding claim and a dosing syringe adapted to fit to said container.

12. A pharmaceutical composition in the form of a thixotropic oral suspension comprising
6 % (g/mO oxcarbazepine and having, when shaken, a viscosity In the range of 5 to
52 mPa.s.
13. A pharmaceutical cornpositlon as claimed in claims 1 to 10 or 12 in the form of a
suspension comprising oxcarbazepine capable of freely liovring out of an oritice
having a 3 mm diameter at a speed in the range of 0.3 to 4 ml/second.
14. Method for the prevention or treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures
and partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization, which method
comprises administering to a subject in need thereof a composition as claimed In any
of claims 1 to 10 or 12 or 13.
15. Use of a composition as claimed in claims 1 to 10, 12 or 13 in the prevention or
treatment of primary, "generalized tonlc-clonic seizures and partial seizures, with or
without secondary generalization.
16. Use of a composition as claimed in claims 1 to 10, 12 or 13 in the manufacture of a
medicament for the prevention or treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic
seizures and partial seizures, w'rth or without secondary generalization.


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Patent Number 245008
Indian Patent Application Number IN/PCT/2002/923/CHE
PG Journal Number 53/2010
Publication Date 31-Dec-2010
Grant Date 28-Dec-2010
Date of Filing 18-Jun-2002
Name of Patentee NOVARTIS AG
Applicant Address LICHSTRASSE 35, CH-4056 BASEL,
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 SIGG, Juergen Karl-Arzet-Weg 25, 79540 Loerrach.
2 BILLINGTON, Michael Rudolf Wackernagel Strasse 41, CH-4125 Riehen
PCT International Classification Number A61K9/00
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP2000/012968
PCT International Filing date 2000-12-19
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 9930058.4 1999-12-20 U.K.