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Title:  Pharmaceutical compositions and methods for peptide treatment
United States Patent: 
7,816,318
Issued: 
October 19, 2010

Inventors:
 Gyurik; Robert J. (Exeter, NH), Reppucci; Carl (North Andover, MA)
Assignee:
  CPEX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Exeter, NH)
Appl. No.:
 11/811,304
Filed:
 June 7, 2007


 

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Abstract

Disclosed are compositions and methods for treating a patient with a pharmaceutically active agent other than insulin selected from the group consisting of peptides, peptidomimetics, and proteins, wherein the pharmaceutical composition is in the form of an emulsified nasal spray comprising: a macrocyclic permeation enhancer, a liquid carrier comprising water, and a therapeutically effective amount of the pharmaceutically active agent; wherein the macrocyclic permeation enhancer is a Hsieh enhancer emulsified in the liquid carrier; and wherein the Hsieh enhancer has the following structure -- see Original Patent.

Description of the Invention

The present invention relates to a composition useful for drug delivery. More particularly the invention relates to compositions and methods for the delivery of peptide drugs, peptidomimetics, or proteins through the nasal mucosa. The pharmaceutical compositions of the present invention include a permeation enhancer, that is, a material which is capable of increasing the rate of passage of the peptide through the nasal mucosa.

The present invention will be described initially with respect to its use in the intra-nasal delivery of pharmaceutically active peptides. It should be understood, however, that the present invention can also be used for the intranasal delivery of peptidomimetics (synthetic peptides) or proteins.

A peptide is a protein fragment comprising a short chain of amino acids, no less than two amino acids. A protein is generally a longer chain of amino acids, though there is no exact rule as to where a peptide ends and a protein begins. The general peptide/protein nomenclature also considers whether the structure is a whole molecule, such as insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) that is a 73 amino acids long peptide, or if the structure is a fragment of a protein molecule, such as a trypsin cleaved fragment of a protein that would normally be called a trypsin peptide.

In general, the peptides, peptidomimetics, and proteins used in the present invention have molecular weights on the order of about 100 to about 50,000 daltons. In one embodiment the peptides used in the present invention have molecular weights on the order of about 100 to about 30,000 daltons, though other peptides, which, due to their coiling may be larger than 30,000 daltons, are also within the scope of the invention. In a preferred embodiment the peptides used in the present invention have molecular weights on the order of about 100 to about 10,000 daltons. In a more preferred embodiment the peptides used in the present invention have molecular weights on the order of about 100 to about 7,000 daltons. In one embodiment the peptide is within the more preferred range and it is a peptide other than insulin.

Peptides are used to treat patients suffering from myriad conditions such as osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis, endometriosis, encephalomyelitis, pancreatic disorders, obesity, pain, growth problems, appetite disorders, and sequelae of diabetes. The foregoing are non-limiting examples of just some disorders that the instant invention may be used to treat. While the instant invention may be used to treat acute conditions, it is preferably used to treat chronic conditions. In general, peptides like many proteins are delivered to a patient by injection, owing to the tendency that these macromolecules have to be destroyed by the digestive tract when ingested orally. Injection therapies however have numerous drawbacks such as the discomfort to the patient, poor patient compliance, and the need for administration by trained technicians. There is therefore a need in the art for alternative methods of delivering peptide medications to patients other than by injection.

A desired alternative method of peptide treatment would be the intra-nasal administration of a composition containing pharmaceutically active peptides. This form of administration is more convenient. In addition, certain agents that produce an antigenic effect when administered by injection do not produce an antigenic effect when administered intra-nasally. The intra-nasal administration of peptides would thus lead to fewer immunological problems for the patient. The present invention includes within its scope the intra-nasal method of delivering peptides, peptidomimetics, and proteins.

The treatment of patients with compositions in the form of intra-nasal sprays containing pharmaceutically-active compounds has been disclosed in the art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,989,535 discloses an intra-nasal spray which contains insulin. Such intra-nasal sprays, however, have had limited success because various pharmaceutically-active compounds, including, for example, insulin, are not particularly effective in penetrating the mucous membrane of the nasal passage. Historically, effective intra-nasal delivery of peptides has been unachievable because of the peptide's inability to permeate the nasal mucosa and the tendency of some permeation agents to irritate those membranes. The instant invention overcomes both of those prior art problems.

The use of an enhancer to improve the delivery of a pharmaceutically-active compound to a targeted area has been proposed. U.S. Pat. No. 5,023,252 describes a composition for delivery of drugs by a route other than by injection. More particularly, such patent describes the use of compositions that include permeation enhancers for delivery of drugs through skin and membranes of body cavities without requiring an injection.

The present invention is directed to an improvement in such compositions and the use thereof.

In accordance with the invention, there is provided a pharmaceutical composition for treating a patient comprising: (A) a pharmaceutically active peptide; (B) a permeation enhancer; and (C) a liquid carrier wherein the composition is in a form suitable for intranasal delivery thereof and wherein the peptide is present in an amount effective for treating a patient.

The invention further relates to treating a patient in need of a peptide medication with a combination of a pharmaceutically active peptide, a permeation enhancer, and a liquid carrier.

In general, the permeation enhancer that is employed is one that enhances the permeation of the pharmaceutically active peptide composition through the nasal mucosa.

In a composition containing an effective amount of a pharmaceutically active peptide a preferred permeation enhancer is a compound of the structure -- see Original Patent.

Enhancers of the above structural formula are referred to herein as "Hsieh enhancers" and are described, for example, in aforementioned U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,023,252 and 5,731,303 (hereinafter the "Hsieh Patents"). Such enhancers are lipophilic and are "membrane-compatible," meaning that they do not cause damage to the membrane on which the composition of the present invention is to be applied (hereinafter the "target membrane"). Such enhancers also produce a low level of irritability or no irritability to the target membrane, and in fact serve as emollients.

Preferred enhancers for use in the present invention are macrocyclic enhancers. The term "macrocyclic" is used herein to refer to cyclic compounds having at least 12 carbons in the ring. Examples of preferred macrocyclic enhancers for use in the present invention include: (A) macrocyclic ketones, for example, 3 methylcyclopentadecanone (muscone), 9-cycloheptadecen-1-one (civetone), cyclohexadecanone, and cyclopentadecanone (normuscone); and (B) macrocyclic esters, for example, pentadecalactones such as oxacyclohexadecan-2-one (cyclopentadecanolide, .omega.-pentadecalactone).

Oxacyclohexadecan-2-one and cyclopentadecanone are especially preferred.

Although the above are preferred permeation enhancers, one of ordinary skill in the art would recognize that the instant teachings would also be applicable to other permeation enhancers. Non-limiting examples of other permeation enhancers useful in the instant invention are the simple long chain esters that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) in the various pharmacopoeial compendia. These may include simple aliphatic, unsaturated or saturated (but preferably fully saturated) esters, which contain up to medium length chains. Non-limiting examples of such esters include isopropyl myristate, isopropyl palmitate, myristyl myristate, octyl palmitate, and the like. The enhancers are of a type that are suitable for use in a pharmaceutical composition. The artisan of ordinary skill will also appreciate that those materials that are incompatible with or irritating to mucous membranes should be avoided.

The enhancer is present in the composition in a concentration effective to enhance penetration of the pharmaceutically active peptide that is to be delivered through the nasal mucosa. Various considerations should be taken into account in determining the amount of enhancer to use. Such considerations include, for example, the amount of flux (rate of passage through the membrane) achieved and the stability and compatibility of the components in the formulations. The enhancer is generally used in an amount of about 0.1 to about 10 wt. % of the composition, and more generally in an amount of about 1.0 to about 3 wt. % of the composition.

The liquid carrier is present in the composition in a concentration effective to serve as a suitable vehicle for the compositions of the present invention. In general, the carrier is used in an amount of about 40 to about 98 wt. % of the composition and in preferred embodiments in an amount of about 50 to about 98 wt. % of the composition.

The pharmaceutically active peptide compositions of the present invention are preferably delivered as nasal sprays. In such embodiments, the preferred liquid carrier is water with the pharmaceutically active peptide being dispersed or dissolved in the water in a therapeutically effective amount. The water may contain suitable buffering agents to result in a pH wherein the particular peptide is delivered optimally, or it may contain other co-carriers, such as glycerin, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycols of various sizes, amino acid modifiers, such as arginine and the like, and other suitable soluble excipients, as is known to those who are proficient in the art of compounding or pharmaceutics.

As non-limiting examples of peptides useful in the present invention there may be mentioned: Anti-Inflammatory Peptides such Anti-Inflammatory Peptide 1; Anti-Aging Peptides; Apelin Peptides such as Apelin-12; Atrial Natriurectic Peptides such as Urodilatin; Bombesin and Analogs thereof; Brain Injury Derived Peptide; Calcitonin; Defensins; Deltorphins, Dermorphins and Analogs thereof including other opiod peptides such as Acetalins, BAM Peptides, .alpha.-Casein Exorphins, .beta.-Casomorphins, Dynorphins, Endomorphins, Endorphins, Enkephalins, Gluten Exorphins, Kyotorphins, Methorphamide, Neoendorphins, Syndyphalins, H-Tyr-D/L-Tic-OH, and Valorphin; Dynorphin and Analogs and Sequences thereof; Enterostatins; GHrelins; Glucagons and Glucagon-Like Peptides such as GLP-1 and GLP-2; Gonadotropin Releasing Hormones; Growth Hormones; Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones; Insulino-Tropic Compounds; Kyotorphins; Leptin and Fragments thereof; Lutein; Myelin Basic Protein Fragments; Physalaemin and Fragments thereof; Secretins; Thymosins and Fragments thereof such as Thymosin .beta.4; Transforming Growth Factors (TGF) and Fragments thereof; Tuftsin; Tumor Necrosis Factors (TNF) and Related Peptides; and VIP, Prepro VIP, and Analogs and Fragments thereof.

The composition of the present invention may exist in various forms, for example, an oil-in-water emulsion, a water-in-oil emulsion, and a water-in-oil-in-water emulsion. The active compounds of the compositions of the present invention may exist in either the continuous or the dispersed phase or in both phases depending upon whether the compounds are hydrophilic, lipophilic, or amphiphilic. In an example of a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the emulsion comprises oil droplets dispersed in a continuous aqueous phase with a lipophilic enhancer being contained in the oil droplets and a water-soluble pharmaceutically-active compound dissolved in the continuous aqueous phase.

The composition of the present invention may also comprise an emulsifying agent for use in aiding the formation of an emulsion. Essentially any suitable hydrocolloid emulsifying agent, typically a solid material, or a mixture of two or more such emulsifying agents can be used in the practice of the present invention. Hydrocolloid emulsifying agents include: vegetable derivatives, for example, acacia, tragacanth, agar, pectin, and carrageenan; animal derivatives, for example, gelatin, lanolin, cholesterol, and lecithin; semi-synthetic agents, for example, methylcellulose and carboxymethylcellulose; and synthetic agents, for example, acrylic emulsifying agents such as carbomers. The hydrocolloid emulsifying agent forms hydrocolloids (hydrated lyophilic colloids) around the emulsified liquid droplets of the emulsion. The hydrocolloid serves as a protective layer around each emulsified droplet which physically repulses other droplets, thus hindering Ostwald ripening (the tendency of emulsified droplets to aggregate). In contrast, other emulsifying agents typically protect the emulsified droplets by forming a liquid crystalline layer around the emulsified droplets. In compositions which employ a liquid crystalline layer-forming emulsifying agent, the hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) of the oil phase of the emulsion must be matched with that of the emulsifying agent to form a stable emulsion and, often, one or more additional emulsifying agents (secondary emulsifying agents) must be added to further stabilize the emulsion. The aforementioned liquid crystalline layer also retards the release of the compounds of the dispersed phase upon contact with the target substrate.

The hydrocolloid emulsifying agents for use in the composition of the present invention include compounds which exhibit a low level of irritability or no irritability to the target membrane and which have good bioadhesive and mucoadhesive properties. Examples of hydrocolloid emulsifying agents which exhibit such properties include cellulosic emulsifying agents and acrylic emulsifying agents, including, for example, those which have an alkyl group containing from about 10 to about 50 carbon atoms. Particularly preferred acrylic emulsifying agents for use in the present invention are copolymers of a carboxylic acid and an acrylic ester (described, for example, in U.S. Pat. No. 3,915,921 to Schlatzer and U.S. Pat. No. 4,509,949 to Huang et al.), with those which are cross-linked being especially preferred. An example of such an especially preferred emulsifying agent for use in forming an oil-in-water emulsion is "acrylates/C.sub.10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer", a cross-linked polymer of acrylic acid and (C.sub.10-30) alkyl acrylates. Acrylates/C.sub.10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer is available from Noveon, Inc. (previously B.F. Goodrich) and is sold under the trade name Pemulen.RTM.. Acrylates/C.sub.10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer has a small lipophilic portion and a large hydrophilic portion, thus allowing for it to function as a primary emulsifier for the formation of oil-in-water emulsions. In addition, acrylates/C.sub.10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer is capable of releasing the compounds of the dispersed phase upon contact with a substrate, namely, biological membranes or mucosa and will not re-wet (the oil phase will not re-emulsify upon contact with water). Additional information regarding acrylates/C.sub.10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, which is listed in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, is provided in Noveon publications TDS-114, 117, 118, 124, 232-3, and 237, and PDS Pemulen 1622.

In forming an emulsion in which the water-insoluble enhancer is a normally solid material, the enhancer is dissolved in a suitable solvent. If the enhancer is a normally liquid material which is water-immiscible, a suitable solvent for the enhancer may or may not be used, as appropriate.

The emulsifying agent is present in the composition in a concentration that is effective to form the desired liquid emulsion. In general the emulsifying agent is used in an amount of about 0.001 to about 5 wt. % of the composition, and more generally in an amount of about 0.01 to about 5 wt. % of the composition, and most generally in an amount of about 0.1 to about 2 wt. % of the composition.

The composition of the present invention may include, as an optional ingredient, particulate solids dispersed in the composition. For example, the composition may include an additional pharmaceutically-active compound dispersed in the liquid continuous phase of the emulsion in the form of microcrystalline solids or nanoparticulates.

While the hydrocolloid emulsifying agent forms a protective layer around the emulsified liquid droplets, thus forming a stable emulsion by hindering Ostwald-ripening without the need for further stabilizing agents, in some instances it may be desirable to further improve the stability of the emulsion. Such may be accomplished by the addition of Ostwald-ripening inhibitors and/or surfactants.

An Ostwald-ripening inhibitor is a material which reduces the tendency of emulsified droplets to aggregate and form larger droplets. Essentially any suitable Ostwald-ripening inhibitor or a mixture of such inhibitors may be used to improve further the physical stability of the emulsion. Preferred Ostwald-ripening inhibitors are hydrophobic agents such as hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon waxes. Examples of hydrophobic agents are petrolatum, hexadecane, and long-chain esters, for example, octyl palmitate. The Ostwald-ripening inhibitor is present in the composition in a concentration effective to prevent the emulsified droplets, particularly relatively small droplets (for example, one micron in diameter), from aggregating into larger droplets which may result in settling (materials settling to the bottom) or creaming (oils rising to the top). For guideline purposes, it is believed most applications will involve the use of the Ostwald-ripening inhibitor in an amount of about 0.001 to about 5 wt. % of the composition and more likely in an amount of about 0.1 to about 1 wt. % of the composition.

In one preferred embodiment, the permeation enhancer is emulsified in the aqueous phase that contains the pharmaceutically active peptide. The emulsification may be effected through the use of one or more suitable surfactants. The selection of a suitable surfactant is deemed to be within the scope of those skilled in the art based on the teachings herein. Such surfactants include for example, anionic, cationic, and non-ionic surfactants. Preferred surfactants are non-ionic surfactants. Alone or in combination with one or more other surfactants, those having a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance number (HLB) of from about 4 to about 18 are preferred, those between 7 and 14 more preferred, and those between 9 and 13 most preferred. Examples of such non-ionic surfactants are PEG-60 corn glycerides, PEG-20 sorbitan monostearate, phenoxy-poly(ethyleneoxy)ethanol, sorbitan monooleate, and the like. Especially preferred are compendial surfactants such as those described in compendia such as the Food Chemicals Codex, National Formulary, U.S. Pharmacopeia, and the Code of Federal Regulations. It is preferred that the average diameter of the droplets of the emulsion be from about 50 nanometers (nm) to about 20 micrometers (.mu.m) and more preferably from about 200 nm to about 5 .mu.m. In general each surfactant is present in an amount no greater than about 2 wt. % of the composition and more generally no greater than about 1 wt. % of the composition. Also, it is important to prefer the nature of the side-chains of the surfactants to those with no double bonds, and this invention is most preferred to include those without unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds. The reason for this is that unsaturated fatty acid side chains (called also "olefinic" fatty acids) tend to oxidize over time, rendering them unsuitable. They tend to become colored, or dark, and give rise to intermediates that may react with the important peptide in the same formulation, rendering it less useful or unsuitable from a regulatory vantage point (in the US, for example, the key regulatory body being the FDA, and in other countries its counterpart). Olefins are suspected to have the additional liability of contributing to irritation which must be avoided for intranasal applications. However, unsaturated side-chain surfactants are not excluded from use in this invention. For example, polysorbate 80, containing a monounsaturated side chain of oleic acid ester, may be mitigated in its irritation liability by using a limited concentration of same, generally under 1% in the formulation, or by adding soothing components, such as glycerin, to the formulation to negate such undesired effect.

In one preferred embodiment, the emulsified or discontinuous phase that contains the permeation enhancer is in the form of droplets. In general, smaller droplets confer greater stability. Larger droplets may cause instability and may decrease shelf-life. In preferred embodiments the lipid droplet size ranges from 0.025 microns (25 nm) to 20 microns and preferably from 0.1 microns to 5 microns.

In one embodiment of the present invention, the composition comprises a pharmaceutically-effective amount of a reproductive hormone peptide capable of treating prostate cancer or relieving the symptoms of fibrosis or endometriosis. Essentially any suitable reproductive hormone peptide can be used, including, for example, luteinizing hormone (LH) and its analogs, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and its analogs, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH--also known as luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH)) and its analogs, for example, goserelin, nafarelin, buserelin, and leuprolide. Examples of suitable reproductive hormone peptides are described also in K. Saeb-Parsy, et al., Instant Pharmacology, 57-62 (1999). LHRH-Lamprey III and closely related analogs thereof are particularly preferred because of their relatively high activity. Yu et al., PNAS, 94: 9499 (1997).

In still another embodiment of the present invention, the composition comprises a pharmaceutically-effective amount of an opioid peptide or peptidomimetic (synthetic peptide) capable of reducing pain. Essentially any suitable opioid peptide or peptidomimetic may be employed. Examples of suitable opioid peptides include enkephalins, endorphins, exorphins, dynorphins, endomorphins, syndyphalins, BAM peptides, metorphamide, and valorphin. Shorter peptides are preferred, with especially potent shorter peptides such as, for example, the endomorphins being particularly preferred. For use in an emulsion of the present invention, opiate alkaloids of the morphine class are preferred because the free bases of such alkaloids are capable of stabilizing emulsions formed using acidic emulsifying agents. This functions to stabilize the resulting emulsion without the need for further pH modifiers. Examples of such opiate alkaloids are morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, sufentanil, levorphanol, meperidine, methadone, and the like.

Yet another embodiment of the present invention is a composition which comprises a pharmaceutically-effective amount of an anti-obesity agent which is capable of alleviating a disorder which causes obesity in mammals, particularly humans. Essentially any suitable anti-obesity agent may be employed. Examples of such agents include galanins, bombesin, incretins such as glucagon and glucagon-like peptides, insulin-like growth factors, leptins, melanotropin, peptides which interact with the melanocortin receptor, and analogs thereof. Glucagon and glucagon-like peptides are preferred, with GLP-1 being particularly preferred. Leptins are also preferred, with leptin fragments, such as leptin 22-56 (obese gene peptide), being particularly preferred. Peptides which interact with the melanocortin receptor such as, for example, alpha-MSH and their analogs, are preferred (such peptides have been reported to decrease appetite. Science, 291: 1691 (2001)).

A further embodiment of the present invention is a composition which comprises a pharmaceutically-effective amount of an appetite-enhancing peptide which is capable of increasing appetite in mammals, preferably humans. Essentially any suitable appetite-enhancing compound may be employed. Examples of such appetite-enhancing compounds include compounds which serve as antagonists of the aforementioned anti-obesity agents. Science, 291: 1691 (2001).

A further embodiment of the present invention is the addition to the formulation of an enzyme inhibitor. As is well known to practitioners in peptide and protein biochemistry, peptides tend to be very sensitive to the presence of enzymes, such as proteolytic enzymes, that rapidly degrade the peptide when present in even minute amounts. Typical enzyme inhibitors that are commonly employed and that may be incorporated into the present invention include, but are not limited to leupeptin, aprotinin, and the like.

The composition of the present invention may exist in various forms, for example, an oil-in-water emulsion, a water-in-oil emulsion, and a water-in-oil-in-water emulsion. The active compounds of the compositions of the present invention may exist in either the continuous or the dispersed phase or in both phases depending upon whether the compounds are hydrophilic, lipophilic, or amphiphilic. In an example of a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the emulsion comprises oil droplets dispersed in a continuous aqueous phase with a lipophilic enhancer being contained in the oil droplets and a water-soluble pharmaceutically-active compound dissolved in the continuous aqueous phase. In a preferred embodiment wherein an oil phase is utilized, the concentration of the oil in the oil phase is such that it does not promote crystallization.

In some instances the permeation enhancers used in the instant invention may crystallize at room temperature or at higher temperatures. In order to inhibit or prevent such crystallization, in a preferred embodiment the composition includes one or more crystallization inhibitors to inhibit the crystallization of the permeation enhancer. Crystallization, if allowed to proceed, renders the emulsion unstable and has an adverse effect on shelf life. Preferred crystallization inhibitors function by lowering the temperature at which the involved compound crystallizes. Examples of such crystallization inhibitors include natural oils, oily substances, waxes, esters, and hydrocarbons. Examples of natural oils or oily substances include Vitamin E acetate, octyl palmitate, sesame oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, palm oil, and cottonseed oil. The selection of a suitable crystallization inhibitor is deemed to be within the scope of those skilled in the art from the teachings herein. Preferred crystallization inhibitors function by lowering the temperature at which the permeation enhancer crystallizes.

Inhibitors which are capable of lowering the temperature of crystallization of the involved compound to below about 25.degree. C. are particularly preferred, with those capable of lowering the crystallization of the involved compound to below about 5.degree. C. being especially preferred. Examples of especially preferred crystallization inhibitors for use in inhibiting the crystallization of oxacyclohexadecan-2-one include hexadecane, isopropyl myristate, octyl palmitate, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, and Vitamin E acetate, each of which may be used in pharmaceutical preparations.

The crystallization inhibitor is present in the composition in a concentration effective to inhibit the crystallization of the permeation enhancer. In general the crystallization inhibitor is present in an amount of about 0.001 to about 5 wt. % of the composition, and more generally in an amount of from about 0.01 to about 2 wt % of the composition. In one embodiment the crystallization inhibitor is present in an amount of from about 0.1 to about 1 wt. % of the composition. The crystallization inhibitor is one preferrably used when the enhancer has a crystallization temperature above about 0 degrees Centigrade. In particular, for example, a crystallization inhibitor is preferrably used when the enhancer is, pentadecalactone and/or cyclohexadecanone, since these crystallize above room temperature.

The composition of the present invention is delivered through a nasal spray applicator. If intra-nasal application is desired, the composition may be placed in an intra-nasal spray-dosing device or atomizer and may be applied by spraying it into the nostrils of a patient for delivery to the mucous membrane of the nostrils. A sufficient amount is applied to achieve the desired systemic or localized drug levels. For an intra-nasal spray, up to about 200 microliters is typically applied, with an application of about 50 to about 150 microliters being preferred, and 75 to 120 microliters most preferred. One or more nostrils may be dosed and application may occur as often as desired or as often as is necessary. In preferred embodiments, the nasal spray applicator is selected to provide droplets of the composition of a mean size of from about 10 microns to about 200 microns. More generally the droplet size is from about 30 microns to about 100 microns.

The pharmaceutically active peptide spray composition of the invention is generally employed in a dosing regimen that is dependent on the patient being treated. Thus the frequency of the use and the amount of the dose may vary from patient to patient. In general, dosing is in an amount (the amount internalized after absorption from the mucosa) of from about 0.05 mg to about 10 mg and the frequency of dose is 3 to 4 times per day. This will vary with the potency of each peptide in question. As known in the art, the treatment of a disease varies from patient to patient, and based on known pharmaceutically active peptide therapies and the teachings herein one skilled in the art can select the dosing regimen and dosage for a particular patient or patients.

The composition of the present invention comprises a pharmaceutically active peptide. The pharmaceutically active peptide is present in the composition in a therapeutically-effective amount. In general the pharmaceutically active peptide is present in an amount of about 0.005 to about 10 wt. % of the composition, and more generally an amount of about 0.01 to about 5 wt. % of the composition. In one embodiment the pharmaceutically active peptide is present in an amount of about 0.1 to about 2 wt. % of the composition.

Although a preferred embodiment is a preformulated composition, it is also within the scope of the present invention that a patient may be treated with the hereinabove-described and hereinbelow-described combination that is not preformulated; i.e., the pharmaceutically active peptide in liquid carrier and the enhancer may be mixed at the time of application, such as where the mixing occurs in an atomizer at the time the composition is sprayed.
 

Claim 1 of 20 Claims

1. A pharmaceutical composition in the form of an emulsified nasal spray comprising: a macrocyclic permeation enhancer, a liquid carrier comprising water, a hydrocolloid emulsifying agent, and a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutically active agent other than insulin selected from the group consisting of peptides and proteins; wherein said macrocyclic permeation enhancer is a Hsieh enhancer emulsified in the liquid carrier; said Hsieh enhancer having the following structure -- see Original Patent.

 

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