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United States Patent Application 20160136152
Kind Code A1
Kao; Huai-Hung ;   et al. May 19, 2016

OXYMORPHONE CONTROLLED RELEASE COMPOSITIONS

Abstract

The invention pertains to a method of relieving pain by administering a controlled release pharmaceutical tablet containing oxymorphone which produces a mean minimum blood plasma level 12 to 24 hours after dosing, as well as the tablet producing the sustained pain relief.


Inventors: Kao; Huai-Hung; (Syosset, NY) ; Baichwal; Anand R.; (Wappingers Falls, NY) ; McCall; Troy; (Germantown, TN) ; Lee; David; (Wilmington, DE)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Malvern

PA

US
Family ID: 1000001689917
Appl. No.: 14/798619
Filed: July 14, 2015


Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent Number
14492701Sep 22, 2014
14798619
13908328Jun 3, 2013
14492701
12426112Apr 17, 2009
13908328
10190192Jul 3, 2002
12426112
60329432Oct 15, 2001
60329445Oct 15, 2001
60329444Oct 15, 2001
60303357Jul 6, 2001

Current U.S. Class: 514/282
Current CPC Class: A61K 31/485 20130101; A61K 9/0053 20130101; A61K 47/36 20130101; A61K 47/10 20130101; A61K 47/02 20130101; A61K 47/38 20130101; A61K 47/26 20130101
International Class: A61K 31/485 20060101 A61K031/485; A61K 47/36 20060101 A61K047/36; A61K 47/10 20060101 A61K047/10; A61K 47/02 20060101 A61K047/02; A61K 47/38 20060101 A61K047/38; A61K 9/00 20060101 A61K009/00; A61K 47/26 20060101 A61K047/26

Claims



1. A solid oral controlled release dosage form, comprising: (a) about 5 mg to about 80 mg of oxymorphone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof as the sole active ingredient; and (b) a controlled release matrix, comprising: (i) about 10% to about 75% (by total weight of the controlled release matrix) of a gelling agent which forms a gel upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid; and (ii) a filler; wherein upon placement of the dosage form in an in vitro release rate test, about 27% to about 33%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 1 hour in the test, about 40% to about 48%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 2 hours in the test, about 50% to about 59%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 3 hours in the test, about 58% to about 67%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 4 hours in the test, about 64% to about 74%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 5 hours in the test, about 70% to about 84%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 6 hours in the test, about 79% to about 92%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 8 hours in the test, and at least 85%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 10 hours in the test; wherein upon oral administration of the dosage form to a human subject in need of an analgesic effect, the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone comprises a first peak at about 3 hours after administration and a second peak at about 6-7 hours after administration; and wherein upon oral administration of the dosage form to the subject: (i) the dosage form provides detectable blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone; (ii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone peak within about 1 hour to about 8 hours after administration; (iii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone exhibit a ratio of area under the curve (AUC.sub.(0 to inf)) of blood plasma level versus time for 6-OH oxymorphone compared to oxymorphone in a range of about 0.5 to about 1.5; and (iv) the duration of the analgesic effect is through at least about 12 hours after administration.

2. The dosage form according to claim 1, further comprising a third blood plasma concentration peak between about 10-14 hours after administration.

3. The dosage form according to claim 2, wherein the third blood plasma concentration peak occurs at about 12 hours after administration.

4. The dosage form according to claim 1, wherein the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 36.8% and 95.8% that of the highest mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone.

5. The dosage form according to claim 1, wherein the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 59.3% and 95.8% that of the highest mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone.

6. The dosage form according to claim 1, wherein the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 74.8% and 95.8% that of the highest mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone.

7. A solid oral controlled release dosage form, comprising: (a) about 5 mg to about 80 mg of oxymorphone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof as the sole active ingredient; and (b) a controlled release matrix, comprising: (i) about 10% to about 75% (by total weight of the controlled release matrix) of a gelling agent which forms a gel upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid; (ii) about 2% to about 15% (by total weight of the controlled release matrix) of a cationic crosslinking agent; and (iii) about 30% to about 75% (by total weight of the controlled release matrix) of a diluent; wherein the dosage form has a dissolution rate in vitro, when measured by USP Paddle Method at 50 rpm in 500 ml media having a pH between 1.2 and 6.8 at 37.degree. C., of about 15% to about 50% by weight oxymorphone released after 1 hour, about 45% to about 80% by weight oxymorphone released after 4 hours, and at least about 80% by weight oxymorphone released after 10 hours; and wherein upon oral administration of the dosage form to a subject in need of an analgesic effect: (i) the dosage form provides detectable blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone; (ii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone peak within about 1 hour to about 8 hours after administration; (iii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone exhibit a ratio of area under the curve (AUC.sub.(0 to inf)) of blood plasma level versus time for 6-OH oxymorphone compared to oxymorphone in a range of about 0.5 to about 1.5; and (iv) the duration of the analgesic effect is through at least about 12 hours after administration.

8. The dosage form according to claim 7, wherein the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 30.5% and 81.9% that of the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone at Cmax.

9. The dosage form according to claim 7, wherein the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 46.6% and 81.9% that of the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone at Cmax.

10. The dosage form according to claim 7, wherein the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone 12 hours after administration is between about 65.6% and 81.9% that of the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone at Cmax.

11. A solid oral controlled release dosage form, comprising: (a) about 5 mg to about 80 mg of oxymorphone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof as the sole active ingredient; and (b) a controlled release matrix, comprising: (i) about 10% to about 75% (by total weight of the controlled release matrix) of a gelling agent which forms a gel upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid wherein the agent is selected from the group consisting of hydroxyalkyl cellulose, carboxyalkyl cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC), carboxy methylcellulose (CMC), a polymer of acrylic acid, a copolymer of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, methyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, xanthan gum, tragacanth, acacia, karaya, alginate, agar, guar, hydroxypropyl guar, carrageenan, locust bean gum, a protein-derived material and mixtures of any of the foregoing; and (ii) a filler; wherein upon placement of the dosage form in an in vitro release rate test, about 27% to about 33%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 1 hour in the test, about 40% to about 48%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 2 hours in the test, about 50% to about 59%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 3 hours in the test, and about 58% to about 67%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 4 hours in the test; wherein upon oral administration of the dosage form to a human subject in need of an analgesic effect, the blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone comprises a first peak at about 3 hours after administration and a second peak at about 6-7 hours after administration; and wherein upon oral administration of the dosage form to the subject: (i) the dosage form provides detectable blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone; (ii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone peak within about 1 hour to about 8 hours after administration; (iii) the blood plasma levels of 6-OH oxymorphone and oxymorphone exhibit a ratio of area under the curve (AUC.sub.(0 to inf)) of blood plasma level versus time for 6-OH oxymorphone compared to oxymorphone in a range of about 0.5 to about 1.5; and (iv) the duration of the analgesic effect is through at least about 12 hours after administration.

12. The dosage form according to claim 11 wherein about 64% to about 74%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 5 hours in the test, about 70% to about 84%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 6 hours in the test, about 79% to about 92%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 8 hours in the test, and at least 85%, by weight, of the oxymorphone or salt thereof is released from the dosage form at about 10 hours in the test.

13. The dosage form according to claim 11 wherein the controlled release matrix further comprises a hydrophobic polymer.

14. The dosage form according to claim 13 wherein the hydrophobic polymer comprises an alkylcellulose.

15. The dosage form according to claim 11 wherein the controlled release matrix further comprises a cationic cross-linking agent.

16. The dosage form according to claim 15 wherein the cationic cross-linking agent is selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal sulfate, chloride, borate, bromide, citrate, acetate or lactate or an alkaline earth metal sulfate, chloride, borate, bromide, citrate, acetate or lactate.

17. The dosage form according to claim 15 wherein the cationic cross-linking agent is selected from the group consisting of calcium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium sulfate, sodium carbonate, lithium chloride, tripotassium phosphate, sodium borate, potassium bromide, potassium fluoride, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium acetate, calcium lactate, magnesium sulfate and sodium fluoride.

18. The dosage form according to claim 11 wherein the filler is selected from the group consisting of sucrose, dextrose, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, fructose, xylitol, sorbitol, and mixtures thereof.

19. The dosage form according to claim 11, wherein the gelling agent which forms a gel upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid is a mixture of xanthan gum and locust bean gum.

20. The dosage form according to claim 11, wherein the filler is present in an amount of about 30% to about 75% of an inert diluent, by total weight of the controlled release matrix.
Description



RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 14/492,701 filed on Sep. 22, 2014, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/908,328 filed on Jun. 3, 2013, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/426,112 filed on Apr. 17, 2009, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/190,192 filed Jul. 3, 2002 and claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/329,445 filed Oct. 15, 2001, 60/329,432 filed Oct. 15, 2001, 60/303,357 filed Jul. 6, 2001, and 60/329,444 filed Oct. 15, 2001, which are incorporated herein by reference to the extent permitted by law.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Pain is the most frequently reported symptom and it is a common clinical problem which confronts the clinician. Many millions of people in the USA suffer from severe pain that, according to numerous recent reports, is chronically undertreated or inappropriately managed. The clinical usefulness of the analgesic properties of opioids has been recognized for centuries, and morphine and its derivatives have been widely employed for analgesia for decades in a variety of clinical pain states.

[0003] Oxymorphone HCl (14-hydroxydihydromorphinone hydrochloride) is a semi-synthetic phenanthrene-derivative opioid agonist, widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, with analgesic efficacy comparable to other opioid analgesics. Oxymorphone is currently marketed as an injection (1 mg/ml in 1 ml ampules; 1.5 mg/ml in 1 ml ampules; 1.5 mg/ml in 10 ml multiple dose vials) for intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous administration, and as 5 mg rectal suppositories. At one time, 2 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg oral immediate release (IR) tablet formulations of oxymorphone HCl were marketed. Oxymorphone HCl is metabolized principally in the liver and undergoes conjugation with glucuronic acid and reduction to 6-alpha- and beta-hydroxy epimers.

[0004] An important goal of analgesic therapy is to achieve continuous relief of chronic pain. Regular administration of an analgesic is generally required to ensure that the next dose is given before the effects of the previous dose have worn off. Compliance with opioids increases as the required dosing frequency decreases. Non-compliance results in suboptimal pain control and poor quality of life outcomes. (Ferrell B et al. Effects of controlled-release morphine on quality of life for cancer pain. Oncol. Nur. Forum 1989; 4:521-26). Scheduled, rather than "as needed" administration of opioids is currently recommended in guidelines for their use in chronic non-malignant pain. Unfortunately, evidence from prior clinical trials and clinical experience suggests that the short duration of action of immediate release oxymorphone would necessitate administration every 4-6 hours in order to maintain optimal levels of analgesia in chronic pain. A controlled release formulation which would allow less frequent dosing of oxymorphone would be useful in pain management.

[0005] For instance, a controlled release formulation of morphine has been demonstrated to provide patients fewer interruptions in sleep, reduced dependence on caregivers, improved compliance, enhanced quality of life outcomes, and increased control over the management of pain. In addition, the controlled release formulation of morphine was reported to provide more constant plasma concentration and clinical effects, less frequent peak to trough fluctuations, reduced dosing frequency, and possibly fewer side effects. (Thirlwell M P et al., Pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy of oral morphine solution and controlled-release morphine tablets in cancer patients. Cancer 1989; 63:2275-83; Goughnour B R et al., Analgesic response to single and multiple doses of controlled-release morphine tablets and morphine oral solution in cancer patients. Cancer 1989; 63:2294-97; Ferrell B. et al., Effects of controlled-release morphine on quality of life for cancer pain. Oncol. Nur. Forum 1989; 4:521-26.

[0006] There are two factors associated with the metabolism of some drugs that may present problems for their use in controlled release systems. One is the ability of the drug to induce or inhibit enzyme synthesis, which may result in a fluctuating drug blood plasma level with chronic dosing. The other is a fluctuating drug blood level due to intestinal (or other tissue) metabolism or through a hepatic first-pass effect.

[0007] Oxymorphone is metabolized principally in the liver, resulting in an oral bioavailability of about 10%. Evidence from clinical experience suggests that the short duration of action of immediate release oxymorphone necessitates a four hour dosing schedule to maintain optimal levels of analgesia. It would be useful to clinicians and patients alike to have controlled release dosage forms of oxymorphone to use to treat pain and a method of treating pain using the dosage forms.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The present invention provides methods for relieving pain by administering a controlled release pharmaceutical tablet containing oxymorphone which produces at least a predetermined minimum blood plasma level for at least 12 hours after dosing, as well as tablets that produce the sustained pain relief over this time period.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

[0009] FIG. 1 is a pharmacokinetic profile for 6-hydroxy oxymorphone with PID scores.

[0010] FIG. 2 is a pharmacokinetic profile for oxymorphone with PID scores.

[0011] FIG. 3 is a pharmacokinetic profile for 6-hydroxy oxymorphone with categorical pain scores.

[0012] FIG. 4 is a pharmacokinetic profile for oxymorphone with categorical pain scores.

[0013] FIG. 5 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone versus time for clinical study 1.

[0014] FIG. 6 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone versus time for clinical study 2.

[0015] FIG. 7 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone versus time for clinical study 3.

[0016] FIG. 8 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of 6-hydroxy oxymorphone versus time for clinical study 3.

[0017] FIG. 9 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone for immediate and controlled release tablets from a single dose study.

[0018] FIG. 10 is a graph of the mean blood plasma concentration of oxymorphone for immediate and controlled release tablets from a steady state study.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0019] The present invention provides methods for alleviating pain for 12 to 24 hours using a single dose of a pharmaceutical composition by producing a blood plasma level of oxymorphone and/or 6-OH oxymorphone of at least a minimum value for at least 12 hours or more. As used herein, the terms "6-OH oxymorphone" and "6-hydroxy oxymorphone" are interchangeable and refer to the analog of oxymorphone having an alcohol (hydroxy) moiety that replaces the carboxy moiety found on oxymorphone at the 6-position.

[0020] To overcome the difficulties associated with a 4-6 hourly dosing frequency of oxymorphone, this invention provides an oxymorphone controlled release oral solid dosage form, comprising a therapeutically effective amount of oxymorphone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of oxymorphone. It has been found that the decreased rate of release of oxymorphone from the oral controlled release formulation of this invention does not substantially decrease the bioavailability of the drug as compared to the same dose of a solution of oxymorphone administered orally. The bioavailability is sufficiently high and the release rate is such that a sufficient plasma level of oxymorphone and/or 6-OH oxymorphone is maintained to allow the controlled release dosage to be used to treat patients suffering moderate to severe pain with once or twice daily dosing. The dosing form of the present invention can also be used with thrice daily dosing.

[0021] It is critical when considering the present invention that the difference between a controlled release tablet and an immediate release formulation be fully understood. In classical terms, an immediate release formulation releases at least 80% of its active pharmaceutical ingredient within 30 minutes. With reference to the present invention, the definition of an immediate release formulation will be broadened further to include a formulation which releases more than about 80% of its active pharmaceutical ingredient within 60 minutes in a standard USP Paddle Method dissolution test at 50 rpm in 500 ml media having a pH of between 1.2 and 6.8 at 37.degree. C. "Controlled release" formulations, as referred to herein, will then encompass any formulations which release no more than about 80% of their active pharmaceutical ingredients within 60 minutes under the same conditions.

[0022] The controlled release dosage form of this invention exhibits a dissolution rate in vitro, when measured by USP Paddle Method at 50 rpm in 500 ml media having a pH between 1.2 and 6.8 at 37.degree. C., of about 15% to about 50% by weight oxymorphone released after 1 hour, about 45% to about 80% by weight oxymorphone released after 4 hours, and at least about 80% by weight oxymorphone released after 10 hours.

[0023] When administered orally to humans, an effective controlled release dosage form of oxymorphone should exhibit the following in vivo characteristics: (a) peak plasma level of oxymorphone occurs within about 1 to about 8 hours after administration; (b) peak plasma level of 6-OH oxymorphone occurs within about 1 to about 8 hours after administration; (c) duration of analgesic effect is through about 8 to about 24 hours after administration; (d) relative oxymorphone bioavailability is in the range of about 0.5 to about 1.5 compared to an orally-administered aqueous solution of oxymorphone; and (e) the ratio of the area under the curve of blood plasma level vs. time for 6-OH oxymorphone compared to oxymorphone is in the range of about 0.5 to about 1.5. Of course, there is variation of these parameters among subjects, depending on the size and weight of the individual subject, the subject's age, individual metabolism differences, and other factors. Indeed, the parameters may vary in an individual from day to day. Accordingly, the parameters set forth above are intended to be mean values from a sufficiently large study so as to minimize the effect of individual variation in arriving at the values. A convenient method for arriving at such values is by conducting a study in accordance with standard FDA procedures such as those employed in producing results for use in a new drug application (or abbreviated new drug application) before the FDA. Any reference to mean values herein, in conjunction with desired results, refer to results from such a study, or some comparable study. Reference to mean values reported herein for studies actually conducted are arrived at using standard statistical methods as would be employed by one skilled in the art of pharmaceutical formulation and testing for regulatory approval.

[0024] In one specific embodiment of the controlled release matrix form of the invention, the oxymorphone or salt of oxymorphone is dispersed in a controlled release delivery system that comprises a hydrophilic material which, upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid, forms a gel matrix that releases oxymorphone at a controlled rate. The rate of release of oxymorphone from the matrix depends on the drug's partition coefficient between components of the matrix and the aqueous phase within the gastrointestinal tract. In a preferred form of this embodiment, the hydrophilic material of the controlled release delivery system comprises a mixture of a heteropolysaccharide gum and an agent capable of cross-linking the heteropolysaccharide in presence of gastrointestinal fluid. The controlled release delivery system may also comprise a water-soluble pharmaceutical diluent mixed with the hydrophilic material. Preferably, the cross-linking agent is a homopolysaccharide gum and the inert pharmaceutical diluent is a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, or a polyhydric alcohol, or a mixture thereof.

[0025] In a specific preferred embodiment, the appropriate blood plasma levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxy oxymorphone are achieved using oxymorphone in the form of oxymorphone hydrochloride, wherein the weight ratio of heteropolysaccharide to homopolysaccharide is in the range of about 1:3 to about 3:1, the weight ratio of heteropolysaccharide to diluent is in the range of about 1:8 to about 8:1, and the weight ratio of heteropolysaccharide to oxymorphone hydrochloride is in the range of about 10:1 to about 1:10. A preferred heteropolysaccharide is xanthan gum and a preferred homopolysaccharide is locust bean gum. The dosage form also comprises a cationic cross-linking agent and a hydrophobic polymer. In the preferred embodiment, the dosage form is a tablet containing about 5 mg to about 80 mg of oxymorphone hydrochloride. In a most preferred embodiment, the tablet contains about 20 mg oxymorphone hydrochloride.

[0026] The invention includes a method which comprises achieving appropriate blood plasma levels of drug while providing extended pain relief by administering one to three times per day to a patient suffering moderate to severe, acute or chronic pain, an oxymorphone controlled release oral solid dosage form of the invention in an amount sufficient to alleviate the pain for a period of about 8 hours to about 24 hours. This type and intensity of pain is often associated with cancer, autoimmune diseases, infections, surgical and accidental traumas and osteoarthritis.

[0027] The invention also includes a method of making an oxymorphone controlled release oral solid dosage form of the invention which comprises mixing particles of oxymorphone or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of oxymorphone with granules comprising the controlled release delivery system, preferably followed by directly compressing the mixture to form tablets.

[0028] Pharmaceutically acceptable salts of oxymorphone which can be used in this invention include salts with the inorganic and organic acids which are commonly used to produce nontoxic salts of medicinal agents. Illustrative examples would be those salts formed by mixing oxymorphone with hydrochloric, sulfuric, nitric, phosphoric, phosphorous, hydrobromic, maleric, malic, ascorbic, citric or tartaric, pamoic, lauric, stearic, palmitic, oleic, myristic, lauryl sulfuric, naphthylenesulfonic, linoleic or linolenic acid, and the like. The hydrochloride salt is preferred.

[0029] It has now been found that 6-OH oxymorphone, which is one of the metabolites of oxymorphone, may play a role in alleviating pain. When oxymorphone is ingested, part of the dosage gets into the bloodstream to provide pain relief, while another part is metabolized to 6-OH oxymorphone. This metabolite then enters the bloodstream to provide further pain relief. Thus it is believed that both the oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone levels are important to pain relief.

[0030] The effectiveness of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone at relieving pain and the pharmacokinetics of a single dose of oxymorphone were studied. The blood plasma levels of both oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone were measured in patients after a single dose of oxymorphone was administered. Similarly, the pain levels in patients were measured after a single administration of oxymorphone to determine the effective duration of pain relief from a single dose. FIGS. 1-2 show the results of these tests, comparing pain levels to oxymorphone and 6-hydroxy oxymorphone levels.

[0031] For these tests, pain was measured using a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) or a Categorical Scale. The VAS scales consisted of a horizontal line, 100 mm in length. The left-hand end of the scale (0 mm) was marked with the descriptor "No Pain" and the right-hand end of the scale (100 mm) was marked with the descriptor "Extreme Pain". Patients indicated their level of pain by making a vertical mark on the line. The VAS score was equal to the distance (in mm) from the left-hand end of the scale to the patient's mark. For the categorical scale, patients completed the following statement, "My pain at this time is" using the scale None=0, Mild=1, Moderate=2, or Severe=3.

[0032] As can be seen from these figures, there is a correlation between pain relief and both oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone levels. As the blood plasma levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone increase, pain decreases (and pain intensity difference and pain relief increases). Thus, to the patient, it is the level of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone in the blood plasma which is most important. Further it is these levels which dictate the efficacy of the dosage form. A dosage form which maintains a sufficiently high level of oxymorphone or 6-hydroxyoxymorphone for a longer period need not be administered frequently. Such a result is accomplished by embodiments of the present invention.

[0033] The oxymorphone controlled release oral solid dosage form of this invention can be made using any of several different techniques for producing controlled release oral solid dosage forms of opioid analgesics.

[0034] In one embodiment, a core comprising oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt is coated with a controlled release film which comprises a water insoluble material and which upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid releases oxymorphone from the core at a controlled rate. In a second embodiment, the oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt is dispersed in a controlled release delivery system that comprises a hydrophilic material which upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid forms a gel matrix that releases oxymorphone at a controlled rate. A third embodiment is a combination of the first two: a controlled release matrix coated with a controlled release film. In a fourth embodiment the oxymorphone is incorporated into an osmotic pump. In any of these embodiments, the dosage form can be a tablet, a plurality of granules in a capsule, or other suitable form, and can contain lubricants, colorants, diluents, and other conventional ingredients.

[0035] Osmotic Pump

[0036] An osmotic pump comprises a shell defining an interior compartment and having an outlet passing through the shell. The interior compartment contains the active pharmaceutical ingredient. Generally the active pharmaceutical ingredient is mixed with excipients or other compositions such as a polyalkylene. The shell is generally made, at least in part, from a material (such as cellulose acetate) permeable to the liquid of the environment where the pump will be used, usually stomach acid. Once ingested, the pump operates when liquid diffuses through the shell of the pump. The liquid dissolves the composition to produce a saturated situation. As more liquid diffuses into the pump, the saturated solution containing the pharmaceutical is expelled from the pump through the outlet. This produces a nearly constant release of active ingredient, in the present case, oxymorphone.

[0037] Controlled Release Coating

[0038] In this embodiment, a core comprising oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt is coated with a controlled release film which comprises a water insoluble material. The film can be applied by spraying an aqueous dispersion of the water insoluble material onto the core. Suitable water insoluble materials include alkyl celluloses, acrylic polymers, waxes (alone or in admixture with fatty alcohols), shellac and zein. The aqueous dispersions of alkyl celluloses and acrylic polymers preferably contain a plasticizer such as triethyl citrate, dibutyl phthalate, propylene glycol, and polyethylene glycol. The film coat can contain a water-soluble material such as polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC).

[0039] The core can be a granule made, for example, by wet granulation of mixed powders of oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt and a binding agent such as HPMC, or by coating an inert bead with oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt and a binding agent such as HPMC, or by spheronising mixed powders of oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt and a spheronising agent such as microcrystalline cellulose. The core can be a tablet made by compressing such granules or by compressing a powder comprising oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt.

[0040] The in vitro and in vivo release characteristics of this controlled release dosage form can be modified by using mixtures of different water insoluble and water soluble materials, using different plasticizers, varying the thickness of the controlled release film, including release-modifying agents in the coating, or by providing passageways through the coating.

[0041] Controlled Release Matrix

[0042] It is important in the present invention that appropriate blood plasma levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxy oxymorphone be achieved and maintained for sufficient time to provide pain relief to a patient for a period of 12 to 24 hours. The preferred composition for achieving and maintaining the proper blood plasma levels is a controlled-release matrix. In this embodiment, the oxymorphone or oxymorphone salt is dispersed in a controlled release delivery system that comprises a hydrophilic material (gelling agent) which upon exposure to gastrointestinal fluid forms a gel matrix that releases oxymorphone at a controlled rate. Such hydrophilic materials include gums, cellulose ethers, acrylic resins, and protein-derived materials. Suitable cellulose ethers include hydroxyalkyl celluloses and carboxyalkyl celluloses, especially hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), HPMC, and carboxy methylcellulose (CMC). Suitable acrylic resins include polymers and copolymers of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, methyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate. Suitable gums include heteropolysaccharide and homopolysaccharide gums, e.g., xanthan, tragacanth, acacia, karaya, alginates, agar, guar, hydroxypropyl guar, carrageenan, and locust bean gums.

[0043] Preferably, the controlled release tablet of the present invention is formed from (I) a hydrophilic material comprising (a) a heteropolysaccharide; or (b) a heteropolysaccharide and a cross-linking agent capable of cross-linking said heteropolysaccharide; or (c) a mixture of (a), (b) and a polysaccharide gum; and (II) an inert pharmaceutical filler comprising up to about 80% by weight of the tablet; and (III) oxymorphone.

[0044] The term "heteropolysaccharide" as used herein is defined as a water-soluble polysaccharide containing two or more kinds of sugar units, the heteropolysaccharide having a branched or helical configuration, and having excellent water-wicking properties and immense thickening properties.

[0045] A preferred heteropolysaccharide is xanthan gum, which is a high molecular weight (>10.sup.6) heteropolysaccharide. Other preferred heteropolysaccharides include derivatives of xanthan gum, such as deacylated xanthan gum, the carboxymethyl ether, and the propylene glycol ester.

[0046] The cross linking agents used in the controlled release embodiment of the present invention which are capable of cross-linking with the heteropolysaccharide include homopolysaccharide gums such as the galactomannans, i.e., polysaccharides which are composed solely of mannose and galactose. Galactomannans which have higher proportions of unsubstituted mannose regions have been found to achieve more interaction with the heteropolysaccharide. Locust bean gum, which has a higher ratio of mannose to the galactose, is especially preferred as compared to other galactomannans such as guar and hydroxypropyl guar.

[0047] Preferably, the ratio of heteropolysaccharide to homopolysaccharide is in the range of about 1:9 to about 9:1, preferably about 1:3 to about 3:1. Most preferably, the ratio of xanthan gum to polysaccharide material (i.e., locust bean gum, etc.) is preferably about 1:1.

[0048] In addition to the hydrophilic material, the controlled release delivery system can also contain an inert pharmaceutical diluent such as a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, a polyhydric alcohol and mixtures thereof. The ratio of diluent to hydrophilic matrix-forming material is generally in the range of about 1:3 to about 3:1.

[0049] The controlled release properties of the controlled release embodiment of the present invention may be optimized when the ratio of heteropolysaccharide gum to homopolysaccharide material is about 1:1, although heteropolysaccharide gum in an amount of from about 20 to about 80% or more by weight of the heterodisperse polysaccharide material provides an acceptable slow release product. The combination of any homopolysaccharide gums known to produce a synergistic effect when exposed to aqueous solutions may be used in accordance with the present invention. It is also possible that the type of synergism which is present with regard to the gum combination of the present invention could also occur between two homogeneous or two heteropolysaccharides. Other acceptable gelling agents which may be used in the present invention include those gelling agents well-known in the art. Examples include vegetable gums such as alginates, carrageenan, pectin, guar gum, xanthan gum, modified starch, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, methylcellulose, and other cellulosic materials such as sodium carboxymethylcellulose and hydroxypropyl cellulose. This list is not meant to be exclusive.

[0050] The combination of xanthan gum with locust bean gum with or without the other homopolysaccharide gums is an especially preferred gelling agent. The chemistry of certain of the ingredients comprising the excipients of the present invention such as xanthan gum is such that the excipients are considered to be self-buffering agents which are substantially insensitive to the solubility of the medicament and likewise insensitive to the pH changes along the length of the gastrointestinal tract.

[0051] The inert filler of the sustained release excipient preferably comprises a pharmaceutically acceptable saccharide, including a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, or a polyhydric alcohol, and/or mixtures of any of the foregoing. Examples of suitable inert pharmaceutical fillers include sucrose, dextrose, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, fructose, xylitol, sorbitol, mixtures thereof and the like. However, it is preferred that a soluble pharmaceutical filler such as lactose, dextrose, sucrose, or mixtures thereof be used.

[0052] The cationic cross-linking agent which is optionally used in conjunction with the controlled release embodiment of the present invention may be monovalent or multivalent metal cations. The preferred salts are the inorganic salts, including various alkali metal and/or alkaline earth metal sulfates, chlorides, borates, bromides, citrates, acetates, lactates, etc. Specific examples of suitable cationic cross-linking agents include calcium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium sulfate, sodium carbonate, lithium chloride, tripotassium phosphate, sodium borate, potassium bromide, potassium fluoride, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium acetate, calcium lactate, magnesium sulfate and sodium fluoride. Multivalent metal cations may also be utilized. However, the preferred cationic cross-linking agents are bivalent. Particularly preferred salts are calcium sulfate and sodium chloride. The cationic cross-linking agents of the present invention are added in an amount effective to obtain a desirable increased gel strength due to the cross-linking of the gelling agent (e.g., the heteropolysaccharide and homopolysaccharide gums). In preferred embodiments, the cationic cross-linking agent is included in the sustained release excipient of the present invention in an amount from about 1 to about 20% by weight of the sustained release excipient, and in an amount about 0.5% to about 16% by weight of the final dosage form.

[0053] In the controlled release embodiments of the present invention, the sustained release excipient comprises from about 10 to about 99% by weight of a gelling agent comprising a heteropolysaccharide gum and a homopolysaccharide gum, from about 1 to about 20% by weight of a cationic crosslinking agent, and from about 0 to about 89% by weight of an inert pharmaceutical diluent. In other embodiments, the sustained release excipient comprises from about 10 to about 75% gelling agent, from about 2 to about 15% cationic crosslinking agent, and from about 30 to about 75% inert diluent. In yet other embodiments, the sustained release excipient comprises from about 30 to about 75% gelling agent, from about 5 to about 10% cationic cross-linking agent, and from about 15 to about 65% inert diluent.

[0054] The sustained release excipient used in this embodiment of the present invention (with or without the optional cationic cross-linking agent) may be further modified by incorporation of a hydrophobic material which slows the hydration of the gums without disrupting the hydrophilic matrix. This is accomplished in preferred embodiments of the present invention by granulating the sustained release excipient with the solution or dispersion of a hydrophobic material prior to the incorporation of the medicament. The hydrophobic polymer may be selected from an alkylcellulose such as ethylcellulose, other hydrophobic cellulosic materials, polymers or copolymers derived from acrylic or methacrylic acid esters, copolymers of acrylic and methacrylic acid esters, zein, waxes, shellac, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and any other pharmaceutically acceptable hydrophobic material known to those skilled in the art. The amount of hydrophobic material incorporated into the sustained release excipient is that which is effective to slow the hydration of the gums without disrupting the hydrophilic matrix formed upon exposure to an environmental fluid. In certain preferred embodiments of the present invention, the hydrophobic material is included in the sustained release excipient in an amount from about 1 to about 20% by weight. The solvent for the hydrophobic material may be an aqueous or organic solvent, or mixtures thereof.

[0055] Examples of commercially available alkylcelluloses are Aquacoat coating (aqueous dispersion of ethylcellulose available from FMC of Philadelphia, Pa.) and Surelease coating (aqueous dispersion of ethylcellulose available from Colorcon of West Point, Pa.). Examples of commercially available acrylic polymers suitable for use as the hydrophobic material include Eudragit RS and RL polymers (copolymers of acrylic and methacrylic acid esters having a low content (e.g., 1:20 or 1:40) of quaternary ammonium compounds available from Rohm America of Piscataway, N.J.).

[0056] The controlled release matrix useful in the present invention may also contain a cationic cross-linking agent such as calcium sulfate in an amount sufficient to cross-link the gelling agent and increase the gel strength, and an inert hydrophobic material such as ethyl cellulose in an amount sufficient to slow the hydration of the hydrophilic material without disrupting it. Preferably, the controlled release delivery system is prepared as a pre-manufactured granulation.

EXAMPLES

Example 1

[0057] Two controlled release delivery systems are prepared by dry blending xanthan gum, locust bean gum, calcium sulfate dehydrate, and dextrose in a high speed mixed/granulator for 3 minutes. A slurry is prepared by mixing ethyl cellulose with alcohol. While running choppers/impellers, the slurry is added to the dry blended mixture, and granulated for another 3 minutes. The granulation is then dried to a LOD (loss on drying) of less than about 10% by weight. The granulation is then milled using 20 mesh screen. The relative quantities of the ingredients are listed in the table below.

TABLE-US-00001 TABLE 1 Controlled Release Delivery System Formulation 1 Formulation 2 Excipient (%) (%) Locust Bean Gum, FCC 25.0 30.0 Xanthan Gum, NF 25.0 30.0 Dextrose, USP 35.0 40.0 Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate, NF 10.0 0.0 Ethylcellulose, NF 5.0 0.0 Alcohol, SD3A (Anhydrous) (10).sup.1 (20.0).sup.1 Total 100.0 100.0

[0058] A series of tablets containing different amounts of oxymorphone hydrochloride were prepared using the controlled release delivery Formulation 1 shown in Table 1. The quantities of ingredients per tablet are as listed in the following table.

TABLE-US-00002 TABLE 2 Sample Tablets of Differing Strengths Component Amounts in Tablet (mg) Oxymorphone HCl, 5 10 20 40 80 USP (mg) Controlled release 160 160 160 160 160 delivery system Silicified 20 20 20 20 20 microcrystalline cellulose, N.F. Sodium stearyl 2 2 2 2 2 fumarate, NF Total weight 187 192 202 222 262 Opadry (colored) 7.48 7.68 8.08 8.88 10.48 Opadry (clear) 0.94 0.96 1.01 1.11 1.31

Examples 2 and 3

[0059] Two batches of 20 mg tablets were prepared as described above, using the controlled release delivery system of Formulation 1. One batch was formulated to provide relatively fast controlled release, the other batch was formulated to provide relatively slow controlled release. Compositions of the tablets are shown in the following table.

TABLE-US-00003 TABLE 3 Slow and Fast Release Compositions Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Ingredients Slow (mg) Fast (mg) Fast (mg) Oxymorphone HCl, USP 20 20 20 Controlled Release Delivery System 360 160 160 Silicified Microcrystalline Cellulose, 20 20 20 NF Sodium stearyl fumarate, NF 4 2 2 Total weight 404 202 202 Coating (color or clear) 12 12 9

[0060] The tablets of Examples 2, 3, and 4 were tested for in vitro release rate according to USP Procedure Drug Release U.S. Pat. No. 23. Release rate is a critical variable in attempting to control the blood plasma levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone in a patient. Results are shown in the following Table 4.

TABLE-US-00004 TABLE 4 Release Rates of Slow and Fast Release Tablets Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Time (hr) (Slow Release) (Fast Release) (Fast Release) 0.5 18.8 21.3 20.1 1 27.8 32.3 31.7 2 40.5 47.4 46.9 3 50.2 58.5 57.9 4 58.1 66.9 66.3 5 64.7 73.5 74.0 6 70.2 78.6 83.1 8 79.0 86.0 92.0 10 85.3 90.6 95.8 12 89.8 93.4 97.3

Clinical Studies

[0061] Three clinical studies were conducted to assess the bioavailability (rate and extent of absorption) of oxymorphone. Study 1 addressed the relative rates of absorption of controlled release (CR) oxymorphone tablets (of Examples 2 and 3) and oral oxymorphone solution in fasted patients. Study 2 addressed the relative rates of absorption of CR oxymorphone tablets (of Examples 2 and 3) and oral oxymorphone solution in fed patients. Study 3 addressed the relative rates of absorption of CR oxymorphone tablets (of Example 4) and oral oxymorphone solution in fed and fasted patients.

[0062] The blood plasma levels set forth herein as appropriate to achieve the objects of the present invention are mean blood plasma levels. As an example, if the blood plasma level of oxymorphone in a patient 12 hours after administration of a tablet is said to be at least 0.5 ng/ml, any particular individual may have lower blood plasma levels after 12 hours. However, the mean minimum concentration should meet the limitation set forth. To determine mean parameters, a study should be performed with a minimum of 8 adult subjects, in a manner acceptable for filing an application for drug approval with the US Food and Drug Administration. In cases where large fluctuations are found among patients, further testing may be necessary to accurately determine mean values.

[0063] For all studies, the following procedures were followed, unless otherwise specified for a particular study.

[0064] The subjects were not to consume any alcohol-, caffeine-, or xanthine-containing foods or beverages for 24 hours prior to receiving study medication for each study period. Subjects were to be nicotine and tobacco free for at least 6 months prior to enrolling in the study. In addition, over-the-counter medications were prohibited 7 days prior to dosing and during the study. Prescription medications were not allowed 14 days prior to dosing and during the study.

[0065] Pharmacokinetic and Statistical Methods

[0066] The following pharmacokinetic parameters were computed from the plasma oxymorphone concentration-time data:

[0067] AUC.sub.(0-t) Area under the drug concentration-time curve from time zero to the time of the last quantifiable concentration (Ct), calculated using linear trapezoidal summation.

[0068] AUC.sub.(0-inf) Area under the drug concentration-time curve from time zero to infinity. AUC.sub.(0-inf)=AUC.sub.(0-t)+Ct/K.sub.el, where K.sub.el is the terminal elimination rate constant.

[0069] AUC.sub.(0-24) Partial area under the drug concentration-time curve from time zero to 24 hours.

[0070] C.sub.max Maximum observed drug concentration.

[0071] T.sub.max Time of the observed maximum drug concentration.

[0072] K.sub.el Elimination rate constant based on the linear regression of the terminal linear portion of the LN(concentration) time curve.

[0073] Terminal elimination rate constants for use in the above calculations were in turn computed using linear regression of a minimum of three time points, at least two of which were consecutive. K.sub.el values for which correlation coefficients were less than or equal to 0.8 were not reported in the pharmacokinetic parameter tables or included in the statistical analysis. Thus AUC.sub.(0-inf) was also not reported in these cases.

[0074] A parametric (normal-theory) general linear model was applied to each of the above parameters (excluding T.sub.max), and the LN-transformed parameters C.sub.max, AUC.sub.(0-24), AUC.sub.(0-t), and AUC.sub.(0-inf). Initially, the analysis of variance (ANOVA) model included the following factors: treatment, sequence, subject within sequence, period, and carryover effect. If carryover effect was not significant, it was dropped from the model. The sequence effect was tested using the subject within sequence mean square, and all other main effects were tested using the residual error (error mean square).

[0075] Plasma oxymorphone concentrations were listed by subject at each collection time and summarized using descriptive statistics. Pharmacokinetic parameters were also listed by subject and summarized using descriptive statistics.

[0076] Study 1--Two Controlled Release Formulations; Fasted Patients

[0077] Healthy volunteers received a single oral dose of 20 mg CR oxymorphone taken with 240 ml water after a 10-hour fast. Subjects received the tablets of Example 2 (Treatment 1A) or Example 3 (Treatment 1B). Further subjects were given a single oral dose of 10 mg/10 ml oxymorphone solution in 180 ml apple juice followed with 60 ml water (Treatment 1C). The orally dosed solution was used to simulate an immediate release (IR) dose.

[0078] This study had a single-center, open-label, randomized, three-way crossover design using fifteen subjects. Subjects were in a fasted state following a 10-hour overnight fast. There was a 14-day washout interval between the three dose administrations. The subjects were confined to the clinic during each study period. Subjects receiving Treatment 1C were confined for 18 hours and subjects receiving Treatments 1A or 1B were confined for 48 hours after dosing. Ten-milliliter blood samples were collected during each study period at the 0 hour (predose), and at 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, and 48 hours postdose for subjects receiving Treatment 1A or 1B and 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 hours post-dose. The mean plasma concentration of oxymorphone versus time for each treatment across all subjects is shown in table 5.

TABLE-US-00005 TABLE 5 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) Time (hr) Treatment 1A Treatment 1B Treatment 1C 0 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.25 0.9489 0.5 0.2941 0.4104 1.3016 0.75 1.3264 1 0.5016 0.7334 1.3046 1.25 1.2041 1.5 0.5951 0.8192 1.0813 1.75 0.9502 2 0.6328 0.7689 0.9055 2.5 0.7161 3 0.5743 0.7341 0.6689 4 0.5709 0.6647 0.4879 5 0.7656 0.9089 0.4184 6 0.7149 0.7782 0.3658 7 0.6334 0.6748 0.3464 8 0.5716 0.5890 0.2610 10 0.4834 0.5144 0.2028 12 0.7333 0.6801 0.2936 14 0.6271 0.6089 0.2083 16 0.4986 0.4567 0.1661 18 0.4008 0.3674 0.1368 20 0.3405 0.2970 24 0.2736 0.2270 28 0.3209 0.2805 32 0.2846 0.2272 36 0.2583 0.1903 48 0.0975 0.0792

[0079] The results are shown graphically in FIG. 5. In both Table 5 and FIG. 5, the results are normalized to a 20 mg dosage. The immediate release liquid of Treatment 1C shows a classical curve, with a high and relatively narrow peak, followed by an exponential drop in plasma concentration. However, the controlled release oxymorphone tablets exhibit triple peaks in blood plasma concentration. The first peak occurs (on average) at around 3 hours. The second peak of the mean blood plasma concentration is higher than the first, occurring around 6-7 hours, on average).

[0080] Occasionally, in an individual, the first peak is higher than the second, although generally this is not the case. This makes it difficult to determine the time to maximum blood plasma concentration (T.sub.max) because if the first peak is higher than the second, maximum blood plasma concentration (C.sub.max) occurs much earlier (at around 3 hours) than in the usual case where the second peak is highest. Therefore, when we refer to the time to peak plasma concentration (T.sub.max) unless otherwise specified, we refer to the time to the second peak. Further, when reference is made to the second peak, we refer to the time or blood plasma concentration at the point where the blood plasma concentration begins to drop the second time. Generally, where the first peak is higher than the second, the difference in the maximum blood plasma concentration at the two peaks is small. Therefore, this difference (if any) was ignored and the reported C.sub.max was the true maximum blood plasma concentration and not the concentration at the second peak.

TABLE-US-00006 TABLE 6 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma Oxymorphone for Study 1 Treatment 1A Treatment 1B Treatment 1C Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 0.8956 0.2983 1.0362 0.3080 2.9622 1.0999 T.sub.max 7.03 4.10 4.89 3.44 0.928 0.398 AUC.sub.(0-t) 17.87 6.140 17.16 6.395 14.24 5.003 AUC.sub.(0-inf) 19.87 6.382 18.96 6.908 16.99 5.830 T.sub.1/2el 10.9 2.68 11.4 2.88 6.96 4.61 Units: C.sub.max in ng/ml, T.sub.max in hours, AUC in ng*hr/ml, T.sub.1/2el in hours.

[0081] Relative bioavailability determinations are set forth in Tables 7 and 8. For these calculations, AUC was normalized for all treatments to a 20 mg dose.

TABLE-US-00007 TABLE 7 Relative Bioavailability (F.sub.rel) Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-inf) F.sub.rel (1A vs. 1C) F.sub.rel (1B vs. 1C) F.sub.rel (1A vs. 1B) 1.193 ..+-.. 0.203 1.121 ..+-.. 0.211 1.108 ..+-.. 0.152

TABLE-US-00008 TABLE 8 Relative Bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-18) F.sub.rel (1A vs. 1C) F.sub.rel (1B vs. 1C) F.sub.rel (1A vs. 1B) 0.733 ..+-.. 0.098 0.783 ..+-.. 0.117 0.944 ..+-.. 0.110

[0082] Study 2--Two CR Formulations; Fed Patients

[0083] Healthy volunteers received a single oral dose of 20 mg CR oxymorphone taken with 240 ml water in a fed state. Subjects received the tablets of Example 2 (Treatment 2A) or Example 3 (Treatment 2B). Further subjects were given a single oral dose of 10 mg/10 ml oxymorphone solution in 180 ml apple juice followed with 60 ml water (Treatment 2C). The orally dosed solution was used to simulate an immediate release (IR) dose.

[0084] This study had a single-center, open-label, randomized, three-way crossover design using fifteen subjects. The subjects were in a fed state, after a 10-hour overnight fast followed by a standardized FDA high-fat breakfast. There was a 14-day washout interval between the three dose administrations. The subjects were confined to the clinic during each study period. Subjects receiving Treatment 2C were confined for 18 hours and subjects receiving Treatments 2A or 2B were confined for 48 hours after dosing. Ten-milliliter blood samples were collected during each study period at the 0 hour (predose), and at 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, and 48 hours postdose for subjects receiving Treatment 2A or 2B and 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 hours postdose. The mean plasma concentration of oxymorphone versus time for each treatment across all subjects is shown in table 9.

TABLE-US-00009 TABLE 9 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) Time (hr) Treatment 2A Treatment 2B Treatment 2C 0 0.000 0.000 0.0000 0.25 1.263 0.5 0.396 .0553 1.556 0.75 1.972 1 0.800 1.063 1.796 1.25 1.795 1.5 1.038 1.319 1.637 1.75 1.467 2 1.269 1.414 1.454 2.5 1.331 3 1.328 1.540 1.320 4 1.132 1.378 1.011 5 1.291 1.609 0.731 6 1.033 1.242 0.518 7 0.941 0.955 0.442 8 0.936 0.817 0.372 10 0.669 0.555 0.323 12 0.766 0.592 0.398 14 0.641 0.519 0.284 16 0.547 0.407 0.223 18 0.453 0.320 0.173 20 0.382 0.280 24 0.315 0.254 28 0.352 0.319 32 0.304 0.237 36 0.252 0.207 48 0.104 0.077

[0085] The results are shown graphically in FIG. 6. Again, the results have been normalized to a 20 mg dosage. As with Study 1, the immediate release liquid of Treatment 2C shows a classical curve, with a high and relatively narrow peak, followed by an exponential drop in plasma concentration, while the controlled release oxymorphone tablets exhibit triple peaks in blood plasma concentration. Thus, again when we refer to the time to peak plasma concentration (T.sub.max) unless otherwise specified, we refer to the time to the second peak.

TABLE-US-00010 TABLE 10 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma Oxymorphone for Study 2 Treatment 2A Treatment 2B Treatment 2C Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 1.644 0.365 1.944 0.465 4.134 0.897 T.sub.max 3.07 1.58 2.93 1.64 0.947 0.313 AUC.sub.(0-t) 22.89 5.486 21.34 5.528 21.93 5.044 AUC.sub.(0-inf) 25.28 5.736 23.62 5.202 24.73 6.616 T.sub.1/2el 12.8 3.87 11.0 3.51 5.01 2.02 Units: C.sub.max in ng/ml, T.sub.max in hours, AUC in ng*hr/ml, T.sub.1/2el in hours.

[0086] In Table 10, the T.sub.max has a large standard deviation due to the two comparable peaks in blood plasma concentration. Relative bioavailability determinations are set forth in Tables 11 and 12.

TABLE-US-00011 TABLE 11 Relative Bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-inf) F.sub.rel (2A vs. 2C) F.sub.rel (2B vs. 2C) F.sub.rel (2A vs. 2B) 1.052 ..+-.. 0.187 0.949 ..+-.. 0.154 1.148 ..+-.. 0.250

TABLE-US-00012 TABLE 12 Relative bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-18) F.sub.rel (2A vs. 2C) F.sub.rel (2B vs. 2C) F.sub.rel (2A vs. 2B) 0.690 ..+-.. 0.105 0.694 ..+-.. 0.124 1.012 ..+-.. 0.175

[0087] As may be seen from tables 5 and 10 and FIGS. 1 and 2, the C.sub.max for the CR tablets (treatments 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B) is considerably lower, and the T.sub.max much higher than for the immediate release oxymorphone. The blood plasma level of oxymorphone remains high well past the 8 (or even the 12) hour dosing interval desired for an effective controlled release tablet.

[0088] Study 3--One Controlled Release Formulation; Fed and Fasted Patients

[0089] This study had a single-center, open-label, analytically blinded, randomized, four-way crossover design. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3A and Treatment 3C, as described below, were in a fasted state following a 10-hour overnight fast. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3B and Treatment 3D, as described below, were in the fed state, having had a high fat meal, completed ten minutes prior to dosing. There was a 14-day washout interval between the four dose administrations. The subjects were confined to the clinic during each study period. Subjects assigned to receive Treatment 3A and Treatment 3B were discharged from the clinic on Day 3 following the 48-hour procedures, and subjects assigned to receive Treatment 3C and Treatment 3D were discharged from the clinic on Day 2 following the 36-hour procedures. On Day 1 of each study period the subjects received one of four treatments:

[0090] Treatments 3A and 3B: Oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg tablets from Example 3. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3A received a single oral dose of one 20 mg oxymorphone controlled release tablet taken with 240 ml of water after a 10-hour fasting period. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3B received a single oral dose of one 20 mg oxymorphone controlled release tablet taken with 240 ml of water 10 minutes after a standardized high fat meal.

[0091] Treatments 3C and 3D: oxymorphone HCl solution, USP, 1.5 mg/ml 10 ml vials. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3C received a single oral dose of 10 mg (6.7 ml) oxymorphone solution taken with 240 ml of water after a 10-hour fasting period. Subjects randomized to Treatment 3D received a single oral dose of 10 mg (6.7 ml) oxymorphone solution taken with 240 ml of water 10 minutes after a standardized high-fat meal.

[0092] A total of 28 male subjects were enrolled in the study, and 24 subjects completed the study. The mean age of the subjects was 27 years (range of 19 through 38 years), the mean height of the subjects was 69.6 inches (range of 64.0 through 75.0 inches), and the mean weight of the subjects was 169.0 pounds (range 117.0 through 202.0 pounds).

[0093] A total of 28 subjects received at least one treatment. Only subjects who completed all 4 treatments were included in the summary statistics and statistical analysis.

[0094] Blood samples (7 ml) were collected during each study period at the 0 hour (predose), and at 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 24, 30, 36, and 48 hours post-dose (19 samples) for subjects randomized to Treatment 3A and Treatment 3B. Blood samples (7 ml) were collected during each study period at the 0 hour (predose), and at 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, and 36 hours post-dose (21 samples) for subjects randomized to Treatment 3C and Treatment 3D.

[0095] The mean oxymorphone plasma concentration versus time curves for Treatments 3A, 3B, 3C, and 3D are presented in FIG. 7. The results have been normalized to a 20 mg dosage. The data is contained in Table 13. The arithmetic means of the plasma oxymorphone pharmacokinetic parameters and the statistics for all Treatments are summarized in Table 1.

TABLE-US-00013 TABLE 13 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) Treatment Treatment Treatment Treatment Time (hr) 3A 3B 3C 3D 0 0.0084 0.0309 0.0558 0.0000 0.25 0.5074 0.9905 0.5 0.3853 0.3380 0.9634 1.0392 0.75 0.9753 1.3089 1 0.7710 0.7428 0.8777 1.3150 1.25 0.8171 1.2274 1.5 0.7931 1.0558 0.7109 1.1638 1.75 0.6357 1.0428 2 0.7370 1.0591 0.5851 0.9424 3 0.6879 0.9858 0.4991 0.7924 4 0.6491 0.9171 0.3830 0.7277 5 0.9312 1.4633 0.3111 0.6512 6 0.7613 1.0441 0.2650 0.4625 8 0.5259 0.7228 0.2038 0.2895 10 0.4161 0.5934 0.1768 0.2470 12 0.5212 0.5320 0.2275 0.2660 14 0.4527 0.4562 0.2081 0.2093 16 0.3924 0.3712 0.1747 0.1623 20 0.2736 0.3021 0.1246 0.1144 24 0.2966 0.2636 0.1022 0.1065 30 0.3460 0.3231 36 0.2728 0.2456 0.0841 0.0743 48 0.1263 0.1241

TABLE-US-00014 TABLE 14 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma Oxymorphone for Study 3 Treatment 3A Treatment 3B Treatment 3C Treatment 3D Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 1.1410 0.4537 1.7895 0.6531 2.2635 1.0008 3.2733 1.3169 T.sub.max 5.57 7.14 5.65 9.39 0.978 1.14 1.11 0.768 AUC.sub.(0-t) 11.64 3.869 14.27 4.976 12.39 4.116 17.30 5.259 AUC.sub.(0-inf) 17.71 8.471 19.89 6.408 14.53 4.909 19.28 6.030 T.sub.1/2el 19.29 5.028 21.29 6.559 18.70 6.618 25.86 10.03 12.3 3.99 12.0 3.64 16.2 11.4 20.6 19.3

[0096] The relative bioavailability calculations are summarized in tables 15 and 16.

TABLE-US-00015 TABLE 15 Relative Bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-inf) F.sub.rel (3A vs. 3C) F.sub.rel (3B vs. 3D) F.sub.rel (3D vs. 3C) F.sub.rel (3B vs. 3A) 1.040 ..+-.. 0.1874 0.8863 ..+-.. 0.2569 1.368 ..+-.. 0.4328 1.169 ..+-.. 0.2041

TABLE-US-00016 TABLE 16 Relative bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(0-24) F.sub.rel (3A vs. 3C) F.sub.rel (3B vs. 3D) F.sub.rel (3D vs. 3C) F.sub.rel (3B vs. 3A) 0.9598 ..+-.. 0.2151 0.8344 ..+-.. 0.100 1.470 ..+-.. 0.3922 1.299 ..+-.. 0.4638

[0097] The objectives of this study were to assess the relative bioavailability of oxymorphone from oxymorphone controlled release (20 mg) compared to oxymorphone oral solution (10 mg) under both fasted and fed conditions, and to determine the effect of food on the bioavailability of oxymorphone from the controlled release formulation, oxymorphone CR, and from the oral solution.

[0098] The presence of a high fat meal had a substantial effect on the oxymorphone C.sub.max, but less of an effect on oxymorphone AUC from oxymorphone controlled release tablets. Least Squares (LS) mean C.sub.max was 58% higher and LS mean AUC.sub.(0-t) and AUC.sub.(0-inf) were 18% higher for the fed condition (Treatment B) compared to the fasted condition (Treatment A) based on LN-transformed data. This was consistent with the relative bioavailability determination from AUC.sub.(0-inf) since mean F.sub.rel was 1.17. Mean T.sub.max values were similar (approximately 5.6 hours), and no significant difference in T.sub.max was shown using nonparametric analysis. Half value durations were significantly different between the two treatments.

[0099] The effect of food on oxymorphone bioavailability from the oral solution was more pronounced, particularly in terms of AUC. LS mean C.sub.max was 50% higher and LS mean AUC.sub.(0-t) and AUC.sub.(0-inf) were 32-34% higher for the fed condition (Treatment D) compared to the fasted condition (Treatment C) based on LN-transformed data. This was consistent with the relative bioavailability determination from AUC.sub.(0-inf) since mean F.sub.rel was 1.37. Mean T.sub.max (approximately 1 hour) was similar for the two treatments and no significant difference was shown.

[0100] Under fasted conditions, oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg tablets exhibited similar extent of oxymorphone availability compared to 10 mg oxymorphone oral solution normalized to a 20 mg dose (Treatment A versus Treatment C). From LN-transformed data, LS mean AUC.sub.(0-t) was 17% higher for oxymorphone CR, whereas LS mean AUC.sub.(0-inf) values were nearly equal (mean ratio=99%). Mean F.sub.rel values calculated from AUC.sub.(0-inf) and AUC.sub.(0-24), (1.0 and 0.96, respectively) also showed similar extent of oxymorphone availability between the two treatments.

[0101] As expected, there were differences in parameters reflecting rate of absorption. LS mean C.sub.max was 49% lower for oxymorphone controlled release tablets compared to the dose-normalized oral solution, based on LN-transformed data. Half-value duration was significantly longer for the controlled release formulation (means, 12 hours versus 2.5 hours).

[0102] Under fed conditions, oxymorphone availability from oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg was similar compared to 10 mg oxymorphone oral solution normalized to a 20 mg dose (Treatment B versus Treatment D). From LN-transformed data, LS mean AUC.sub.(0-inf) was 12% lower for oxymorphone CR. Mean F.sub.rel values calculated from AUC.sub.(0-inf) and AUC.sub.(0-24), (0.89 and 0.83 respectively) also showed similar extent of oxymorphone availability from the tablet. As expected, there were differences in parameters reflecting rate of absorption. LS mean C.sub.max was 46% lower for oxymorphone controlled release tablets compared to the dose-normalized oral solution, based on LN-transformed data. Mean T.sub.max was 5.7 hours for the tablet compared to 1.1 hours for the oral solution. Half-value duration was significantly longer for the controlled release formulation (means, 7.8 hours versus 3.1 hours).

[0103] The presence of a high fat meal did not appear to substantially affect the availability of 6-hydroxyoxymorphone following administration of oxymorphone controlled release tablets. LS mean ratios were 97% for AUC.sub.(0-t) and 91% for C.sub.max (Treatment B versus A), based on LN-transformed data. This was consistent with the relative bioavailability determination from AUC.sub.(0-24), since mean F.sub.rel was 0.97. Mean T.sub.max was later for the fed treatment compared to the fasted treatment (5.2 and 3.6 hours, respectively), and difference was significant.

[0104] Under fasted conditions, oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg tablets exhibited similar availability 6-hydroxyoxymorphone compared to 10 mg oxymorphone oral solution normalized to a 20 mg dose (Treatment A versus Treatment C). From LN-transformed data, LS mean ratio for AUC.sub.(0-4) was 104.5%. Mean F.sub.rel (0.83) calculated from AUC.sub.(0-24) also showed similar extent of oxymorphone availability between the two treatments. Mean T.sub.max was 3.6 hours for the tablet compared to 0.88 for the oral solution. Half-value duration was significantly longer for the controlled release formulation (means, 11 hours versus 2.2 hours).

[0105] Under fed conditions, availability 6-hydroxyoxymorphone from oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg was similar compared to 10 mg oxymorphone oral solution normalized to a 20 mg dose (Treatment B versus Treatment D). From LN-transformed data, LS mean AUC.sub.(0-t) was 14% higher for oxymorphone CR. Mean F.sub.rel (0.87) calculated from AUC.sub.(0-24) also indicated similar extent of availability between the treatments. Mean T.sub.max was 5.2 hours for the tablet compared to 1.3 hour for the oral solution. Half-value duration was significantly longer for the controlled release formulation (means, 14 hours versus 3.9 hours).

[0106] The extent of oxymorphone availability from oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg tablets was similar under fed and fasted conditions since there was less than a 20% difference in LS mean AUC.sub.(0-t) and AUC.sub.(0-inf) values for each treatment, based on LN-transformed data. T.sub.max was unaffected by food; however, LS mean C.sub.max was increased 58% in the presence of the high fat meal. Both rate and extent of oxymorphone absorption from the oxymorphone oral solution were affected by food since LS mean C.sub.max and AUC values were increased approximately 50 and 30%, respectively. T.sub.max was unaffected by food. Under both fed and fasted conditions, oxymorphone controlled release tablets exhibited similar extent of oxymorphone availability compared to oxymorphone oral solution since there was less than a 20% difference in LS mean AUC(0-t) and AUC(0-inf) values for each treatment.

[0107] Bioavailability 6-hydroxyoxymorphone following oxymorphone controlled release 20 mg tablets was also similar under fed and fasted conditions since there was less than a 20% difference in LS mean C.sub.max and AUC values for each treatment. T.sub.max was later for the fed condition. The presence of food did not affect the extent of availability from oxymorphone oral solution since LS mean AUC values were less than 20% different. However, C.sub.max was decreased 35% in the presence of food. T.sub.max was unaffected by food. Under both fed and fasted conditions, oxymorphone controlled release tablets exhibited similar extent of availability compared to oxymorphone oral solution since there was less than a 20% difference in LS mean AUC values for each treatment.

[0108] The mean 6-OH oxymorphone plasma concentration versus time curves for Treatments 3A, 3B, 3C, and 3D are presented in FIG. 8. The data is contained in Table 17.

TABLE-US-00017 TABLE 17 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone Treatment Treatment Treatment Treatment Time(hr) 3A 3B 3C 3D 0 0.0069 0.0125 0.0741 0.0000 0.25 0.7258 0.4918 0.5 0.5080 0.1879 1.2933 0.5972 0.75 1.3217 0.7877 1 1.0233 0.4830 1.1072 0.8080 1.25 1.0069 0.7266 1.5 1.1062 0.7456 0.8494 0.7001 1.75 0.7511 0.6472 2 1.0351 0.7898 0.6554 0.5758 3 0.9143 0.7619 0.6196 0.5319 4 0.8522 0.7607 0.4822 0.5013 5 0.8848 0.8548 0.3875 0.4448 6 0.7101 0.7006 0.3160 0.3451 8 0.5421 0.5681 0.2525 0.2616 10 0.4770 0.5262 0.2361 0.2600 12 0.4509 0.4454 0.2329 0.2431 14 0.4190 0.4399 0.2411 0.2113 16 0.4321 0.4230 0.2385 0.2086 20 0.3956 0.4240 0.2234 0.1984 24 0.4526 0.4482 0.2210 0.2135 30 0.4499 0.4708 36 0.3587 0.3697 0.1834 0.1672 48 0.3023 0.3279

TABLE-US-00018 TABLE 18 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone for Study 3 Treatment 3A Treatment 3B Treatment 3C Treatment 3D Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 1.2687 0.5792 1.1559 0.4848 1.5139 0.7616 0.9748 0.5160 T.sub.max 3.61 7.17 5.20 9.52 0.880 0.738 1.30 1.04 AUC.sub.(o-t) 22.47 10.16 22.01 10.77 10.52 4.117 9.550 4.281 AUC.sub.(o-inf) 38.39 23.02 42.37 31.57 20.50 7.988 23.84 11.37 T.sub.1/2el 39.1 36.9 39.8 32.6 29.3 12.0 44.0 35.00

[0109] Study 4--Controlled Release 20 mg Vs Immediate Release 10 mg

[0110] A study was conducted to compare the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of controlled release and immediate release oxymorphone tablets under single-dose and multiple-dose (steady state) conditions. For the controlled release study, healthy volunteers received a single dose of a 20 mg controlled release oxymorphone table on the morning of Day 1. Beginning on the morning of Day 3, the volunteers were administered a 20 mg controlled release oxymorphone tablet every 12 hours through the morning dose of Day 9. For the immediate release study, healthy volunteers received a single 10 mg dose of an immediate release oxymorphone tablet on the morning of Day 1. On the morning of Day 3, additional 10 mg immediate release tablets were administered every six hours through the first two doses on Day 9.

[0111] FIG. 9 shows the average plasma concentrations of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone for all subjects after a single dose either controlled release (CR) 20 mg or immediate release (IR) 10 mg oxymorphone. The data in the figure (as with the other relative experimental data herein) is normalized to a 20 mg dose. The immediate release tablet shows a classical curve, with a high, relatively narrow peak followed by an exponential drop in plasma concentration. The controlled release oxymorphone tablets show a lower peak with extended moderate levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxy oxymorphone. Table 19 shows the levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxy oxymorphone from FIG. 9 in tabular form.

TABLE-US-00019 TABLE 19 Mean Plasma Concentration (ng/ml) Oxymorphone 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone Controlled Immediate Controlled Immediate Release Release Release Release Hour 20 mg 10 mg 20 mg 10 mg 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.22 1.08 0.14 0.73 0.50 0.59 1.69 0.45 1.22 1.00 0.77 1.19 0.53 0.79 1.50 0.84 0.91 0.53 0.57 2.00 0.87 0.75 0.60 0.47 3.00 0.83 0.52 0.55 0.34 4.00 0.73 0.37 0.53 0.27 5.00 0.94 0.36 0.46 0.23 6.00 0.81 0.28 0.41 0.18 8.00 0.73 0.20 0.37 0.14 10.0 0.60 0.19 0.35 0.15 12.0 0.67 0.25 0.32 0.13 16.0 0.39 0.16 0.29 0.13 24.0 0.23 0.07 0.29 0.13 30.0 0.12 0.01 0.17 0.04 36.0 0.05 0.00 0.11 0.00 48.0 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.01

[0112] FIG. 10 shows the average plasma concentrations of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone for all subjects in the steady state test, for doses of controlled release 20 mg tablets and immediate release 10 mg tablets of oxymorphone. The figure shows the plasma concentrations after the final controlled release tablet is given on Day 9, and the final immediate release tablet is given 12 hours thereafter. The steady state administration of the controlled release tablets clearly shows a steady moderate level of oxymorphone ranging from just over 1 ng/ml to almost 1.75 ng/ml over the course of a twelve hour period, where the immediate release tablet shows wide variations in blood plasma concentration. Table 20 shows the levels of oxymorphone and 6-hydroxyoxymorphone from FIG. 10 in tabular form.

TABLE-US-00020 TABLE 20 Summary of Mean Plasma Concentration (ng/ml) Oxymorphone 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone Controlled Immediate Controlled Immediate Release Release Release Release Day Hour 20 mg 10 mg 20 mg 10 mg 4 0.00 1.10 0.75 0.89 0.72 5 0.00 1.12 0.84 1.15 0.88 6 0.00 1.20 0.92 1.15 0.87 7 0.00 1.19 0.91 1.27 1.00 8 0.00 1.19 0.86 1.29 0.98 9 0.00 1.03 1.07 1.09 1.05 0.25 2.64 1.70 0.50 3.12 1.50 2.09 1.00 2.47 1.70 1.68 1.50 2.05 1.63 1.55 2.00 1.78 1.64 1.30 3.00 1.27 1.47 1.11 4.00 0.98 1.39 0.98 5.00 1.01 1.21 0.89 6.00 0.90 1.06 0.84 6.25 1.17 0.88 6.50 1.88 1.06 7.00 2.12 1.20 7.50 2.24 1.15 8.00 1.32 2.01 0.97 1.03 9.00 1.52 0.90 10.0 1.32 1.24 0.85 0.84 11.0 1.11 0.74 12.0 1.18 0.96 0.79 0.70

TABLE-US-00021 TABLE 21 Mean Single-Dose Pharmacokinetic Results Controlled Immediate Release 20 mg Release 10 mg 6-OH- 6-OH- oxymor- oxymor- oxymor- oxymor- phone phone phone phone AUC.sub.(o-t) 14.74 11.54 7.10 5.66 AUC.sub.(o-inf) 15.33 16.40 7.73 8.45 C.sub.max(ng/ml) 1.12 0.68 1.98 1.40 T.sub.max(hr) 5.00 2.00 0.50 0.50 T1/2(hr) 9.25 26.09 10.29 29.48

[0113] Parent 6-OH oxymorphone AUC.sub.(o-t) values were lower than the parent compound after administration of either dosage form, but the AUC.sub.(o-inf) values are slightly higher due to the longer half-life for the metabolite. This relationship was similar for both the immediate-release (IR) and controlled release (CR) dosage forms. As represented by the average plasma concentration graph, the CR dosage form has a significantly longer time to peak oxymorphone concentration and a lower peak oxymorphone concentration. The 6-OH oxymorphone peak occurred sooner than the parent peak following the CR dosage form, and simultaneously with the parent peak following the IR dosage form.

[0114] It is important to note that while the present invention is described and exemplified using 20 mg tablets, the invention may also be used with other strengths of tablets. In each strength, it is important to note how a 20 mg tablet of the same composition (except for the change in strength) would act. The blood plasma levels and pain intensity information are provided for 20 mg tablets, however the present invention is also intended to encompass 5 to 80 mg controlled release tablets. For this reason, the blood plasma level of oxymorphone or 6-hydroxyoxymorphone in nanograms per milliliter of blood, per mg oxymorphone (ng/mgml) administered is measured. Thus at 0.02 ng/mgml, a 5 mg tablet should produce a minimum blood plasma concentration of 0.1 ng/ml. A stronger tablet will produce a higher blood plasma concentration of active molecule, generally proportionally. Upon administration of a higher dose tablet, for example 80 mg, the blood plasma level of oxymorphone and 6-OH oxymorphone may more than quadruple compared to a 20 mg dose, although conventional treatment of low bioavailability substances would lead away from this conclusion. If this is the case, it may be because the body can only process a limited amount oxymorphone at one time. Once the bolus is processed, the blood level of oxymorphone returns to a proportional level.

[0115] It is the knowledge that controlled release oxymorphone tablets are possible to produce and effective to use, which is most important, made possible with the high bioavailability of oxymorphone in a controlled release tablet. This also holds true for continuous periodic administration of controlled release formulations. The intent of a controlled release opioid formulation is the long-term management of pain. Therefore, the performance of a composition when administered periodically (one to three times per day) over several days is important. In such a regime, the patient reaches a "steady state" where continued administration will produce the same results, when measured by duration of pain relief and blood plasma levels of pharmaceutical. Such a test is referred to as a "steady state" test and may require periodic administration over an extended time period ranging from several days to a week or more. Of course, since a patient reaches steady state in such a test, continuing the test for a longer time period should not affect the results. Further, when testing blood plasma levels in such a test, if the time period for testing exceeds the interval between doses, it is important the regimen be stopped after the test is begun so that observations of change in blood level and pain relief may be made without a further dose affecting these parameters.

[0116] Study 5--Controlled Release 40 mg Vs Immediate Release 4.Times.10 mg Under Fed and Fasting Conditions

[0117] The objectives of this study were to assess the relative bioavailability of oxymorphone from oxymorphone controlled release (40 mg) compared to oxymorphone immediate release (4.times.10 mg) under both fasted and fed conditions, and to determine the effect of food on the bioavailability of oxymorphone from the controlled release formulation, oxymorphone CR, and from the immediate release formulation, oxymorphone IR.

[0118] This study had a single-center, open-label, analytically blinded, randomized, four-way crossover design. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5A and Treatment 5C, as described below, were in a fasted state following a 10-hour overnight fast. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5B and Treatment 5D, as described below, were in the fed state, having had a high fat meal, completed ten minutes prior to dosing. There was a 14-day washout interval between the four dose administrations. The subjects were confined to the clinic during each study period. Subject assigned to receive Treatment 5A and Treatment 5B were discharged from the clinic on Day 3 following the 48-hour procedures, and subjects assigned to receive Treatment 5C and Treatment 5D were discharged from the clinic on Day 2 following the 36-hour procedures. On Day 1 of each study period the subjects received one of four treatments:

[0119] Treatments 5A and 5B: Oxymorphone controlled release 40 mg tablets from Table 2. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5A received a single oral dose of one 40 mg oxymorphone controlled release tablet taken with 240 ml of water after a 10-hour fasting period. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5B received a single oral dose of one 40 mg oxymorphone controlled release tablet taken with 240 ml of water 10 minutes after a standardized high fat meal.

[0120] Treatments 5C and 5D: Immediate release tablet (IR) 4.times.10 mg Oxymorphone. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5C received a single oral dose of 4.times.10 mg oxymorphone IR tablet taken with 240 ml of water after a 10-hour fasting period. Subjects randomized to Treatment 5D received a single oral dose of 4.times.10 mg oxymorphone IR tablet taken with 240 ml of water 10 minutes after a standardized high-fat meal.

[0121] A total of 28 male subjects were enrolled in the study, and 25 subjects completed the study. A total of 28 subjects received at least one treatment. Only subjects who completed all 4 treatments were included in the summary statistics and statistical analysis.

[0122] Blood samples (7 ml) were collected during each study period at the 0 hour (predose), and at 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, and 72 hours post-dose (19 samples) for subjects randomized to all Treatments.

[0123] The mean oxymorphone plasma concentration versus time is presented in Table 22. The arithmetic means of the plasma oxymorphone pharmacokinetic parameters and the statistics for all Treatments are summarized in Table 23.

TABLE-US-00022 TABLE 22 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) Treatment Treatment Treatment Treatment Time (hr) 5A 5B 5C 5D 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.47 0.22 3.34 1.79 0.50 1.68 0.97 7.28 6.59 0.75 1.92 1.90 6.60 9.49 1 2.09 2.61 6.03 9.91 1.5 2.18 3.48 4.67 8.76 2 2.18 3.65 3.68 7.29 3 2.00 2.86 2.34 4.93 4 1.78 2.45 1.65 3.11 5 1.86 2.37 1.48 2.19 6 1.67 2.02 1.28 1.71 8 1.25 1.46 0.92 1.28 10 1.11 1.17 0.78 1.09 12 1.34 1.21 1.04 1.24 24 0.55 0.47 0.40 0.44 36 0.21 0.20 0.16 0.18 48 0.06 0.05 0.04 0.05 60 0.03 0.01 0.01 0.01 72 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

TABLE-US-00023 TABLE 23 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma Oxymorphone for Study 5 Treatment 5A Treatment 5B Treatment 5C Treatment 5D Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 2.79 0.84 4.25 1.21 9.07 4.09 12.09 5.42 T.sub.max 2.26 2.52 1.96 1.06 0.69 0.43 1.19 0.62 AUC.sub.(o-t) 35.70 10.58 38.20 11.04 36.00 12.52 51.35 20.20 AUC.sub.(o-inf) 40.62 11.38 41.17 10.46 39.04 12.44 54.10 20.26 T.sub.1/2el 12.17 7.57 10.46 5.45 11.65 6.18 9.58 3.63

[0124] The relative bioavailability calculations are summarized in Tables 24 and 25.

TABLE-US-00024 TABLE 24 Relative Bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(o-inf) F.sub.rel (5D vs. 5C) F.sub.rel (5B vs. 5A) 1.3775 1.0220

TABLE-US-00025 TABLE 25 Relative bioavailability Determination Based on AUC.sub.(o-24) F.sub.rel (5D vs. 5C) F.sub.rel (5B vs. 5A) 1.4681 1.0989

[0125] The mean 6-OH oxymorphone plasma concentration versus time is presented in Table 26.

TABLE-US-00026 TABLE 26 Mean Plasma Concentration vs. Time (ng/ml) 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone Treatment Treatment Treatment Treatment Time (hr) 5A 5B 5C 5D 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.27 0.05 2.36 0.50 0.50 1.32 0.31 5.35 1.98 0.75 1.37 0.59 4.53 2.97 1 1.44 0.82 3.81 2.87 1.5 1.46 1.09 2.93 2.58 2 1.46 1.28 2.37 2.29 3 1.39 1.14 1.69 1.72 4 1.25 1.14 1.33 1.26 5 1.02 1.00 1.14 1.01 6 0.93 0.86 0.94 0.86 8 0.69 0.72 0.73 0.77 10 0.68 0.67 0.66 0.75 12 0.74 0.66 0.70 0.77 24 0.55 0.52 0.54 0.61 36 0.23 0.30 0.28 0.27 48 0.18 0.20 0.20 0.19 60 0.09 0.10 0.09 0.09 72 0.06 0.06 0.04 0.05

TABLE-US-00027 TABLE 27 Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Plasma 6-Hydroxyoxymorphone for Study 5 Treatment 5A Treatment 5B Treatment 5C Treatment 5D Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD C.sub.max 1.88 0.69 1.59 0.63 6.41 3.61 3.79 1.49 T.sub.max 1.48 1.18 2.73 1.27 0.73 0.47 1.18 0.74 AUC.sub.(o-t) 28.22 10.81 26.95 11.39 33.75 10.29 32.63 13.32 AUC.sub.(o-inf) 33.15 11.25 32.98 10.68 37.63 17.01 36.54 13.79 T.sub.1/2el 17.08 7.45 21.92 8.41 16.01 6.68 16.21 7.42

[0126] The above description incorporates preferred embodiments and examples as a means of describing and enabling the invention to be practiced by one of skill in the art. It is imagined that changes can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention described herein and defined in the appended claims.

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