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The invention describes compounds, compositions, and methods of using the same comprising a chemical moiety covalently attached to amphetamine. These compounds and compositions are useful for reducing or preventing abuse and overdose of amphetamine. These compounds and compositions find particular use in providing an abuse-resistant alternative treatment for certain disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), ADD, narcolepsy, and obesity. Oral bioavailability of amphetamine is maintained at therapeutically useful doses. At higher doses bioavailability is substantially reduced, thereby providing a method of reducing oral abuse liability. Further, compounds and compositions of the invention decrease the bioavailability of amphetamine by parenteral routes, such as intravenous or intranasal administration, further limiting their abuse liability.
16. A method of preparing lisdexamphetamine dimesylate comprising the step of:
reacting a di-amine protected 1-lysine-d-amphetamine with methane sulfonic acid in a solvent to produce lisdexamphetamine dimesylate.
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(a) cooling to the lisdexamphetamine dimesylate to from about 20 to about 25° C.;
(b) heating the lisdexamphetamine dimesylate to from about 50 to about 70° C.; and
(c) cooling to the lisdexamphetamine dimesylate to from about 20 to about 25° C.
20. A method of preparing lisdexamphetamine or a salt thereof comprising the steps of:
(a) protecting the amine groups of L-lysine or a salt thereof,
(b) subjecting the protected L-lysine to an acid activated amidation reaction with d-amphetamine to form a di-amine protected lisdexamphetamine, and
(c) deprotecting the di-amine protected lisdexamphetamine and optionally converting the lisdexamphetamine to a salt.
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This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/400,304, filed Apr. 10, 2006, which in turn, (a) claims benefit under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) to U.S. Provisional Application Nos. 60/669,385 filed Apr. 8, 2005, 60/669,386 filed Apr. 8, 2005, 60/681,170 filed May 16, 2005, 60/756,548 filed Jan. 6, 2006, and 60/759,958 filed Jan. 19, 2006; (b) is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/857,619 filed Jun. 1, 2004, which claims the benefit of under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) to U.S. Provisional Application Nos. 60/473,929 filed May 29, 2003 and 60/567,801 filed May 5, 2004; and (c) is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/858,526 filed Jun. 1, 2004, which, in turn, is a continuation-in-part of international application PCT/US03/05525 filed Feb. 24, 2003, which claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application Nos. 60/358,368 filed Feb. 22, 2002 and 60/362,082 filed Mar. 7, 2002; application Ser. No. 10/858,526 also claims benefit under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) to U.S. Provisional Application Nos. 60/473,929 filed May 29, 2003 and 60/567,801 filed May 5, 2004. All of the above-identified applications are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
The invention relates to amphetamine compounds, more particularly to amphetamine prodrugs comprising amphetamine covalently bound to a chemical moiety. The invention also relates to pharmaceutical compositions comprising the amphetamine compounds, and to methods of manufacturing, delivering, and using the amphetamine compounds. The invention further relates to a crystalline form of the amphetamine prodrug (l)-lysine-(d)-amphetamine dimesylate.
Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) and have been used medicinally to treat various disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity, and narcolepsy. In children with ADHD, potent CNS stimulants have been used for several decades as a drug treatment given either alone or as an adjunct to behavioral therapy. While methylphenidate (Ritalin®) has been the most frequently prescribed stimulant, the prototype of the class, amphetamine (alpha-methyl phenethylamine) has been used all along and increasingly so in recent years. (Bradley C, Bowen M, “Amphetamine (benzedrine) therapy of children's behavior disorders.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 11: 92-103 (1941).
Because of their stimulating effects, amphetamines, including amphetamine derivatives and analogs, are subject to abuse. A user can become dependent over time on these drugs and their physical and psychological effects, even when the drugs are used for legitimate therapeutic purposes. Legitimate amphetamine users that develop drug tolerances are especially susceptible to becoming accidental addicts as they increase dosing in order to counteract their increased tolerance of the prescribed drugs. Additionally, it is possible for individuals to inappropriately self-administer higher than prescribed quantities of the drug or to alter either the product or the route of administration (e.g., inhalation (snorting), injection, and smoking), potentially resulting in immediate release of the active drug in quantities larger than prescribed. When taken at higher than prescribed doses, amphetamines can cause temporary feelings of exhilaration and increased energy and mental alertness.
Recent developments in the abuse of prescription drug products increasingly raise concerns about the abuse of amphetamine prescribed for ADHD. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), estimates that in 2003, 1.2 million Americans aged 12 and older abused stimulants, such as amphetamines. The high abuse potential has earned amphetamines Schedule II status according to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule II classification is reserved for those drugs that have accepted medical use but have the highest potential for abuse.
Extended release formulations of amphetamines, e.g., Adderall XR®, have an increased abuse liability relative to the single dose tablets because each tablet of the sustained release formulation contains a higher concentration of amphetamine. It may be possible for substance abusers to obtain a high dose of amphetamine with rapid onset by crushing the tablets into powder and snorting it or by dissolving the powder in water and injecting it. Sustained release formulations may also provide uneven release.
Additional information about amphetamines and amphetamine abuse can be found in U.S. Publication No. 2005/0054561 (U.S. Ser. No. 10/858,526).
The need exists for additional amphetamine compounds, especially abuse resistant amphetamine compounds. Further, the need exists for amphetamine pharmaceutical compositions that provide sustained release and sustained therapeutic effect.
The present invention provides amphetamine prodrugs, and salts thereof, comprising amphetamine covalently bound to a chemical moiety. A preferred amphetamine prodrug is (l)-lysine-(d)-amphetamine dimesylate (also known as lisdexamphetamine dimesylate). Lisdexamphetamine dimesylate can be in crystalline form, and can be anhydrous (i.e., crystalline anhydrous lisdexamphetamine dimesylate).
One embodiment of the invention is crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate which exhibits an X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) pattern having at least one peak in degrees 2Θ±0.2° 2Θ selected from 4.5, 9.0, 12.0, 15.7, and 16.3. In another embodiment, the crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate exhibits 2, 3, 4, or all of the aforementioned peaks. The crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate can exhibit an XRPD substantially as shown in
Another embodiment of the invention is crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate having a melting point onset as determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at about 194.7° C.
Yet another embodiment is crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate that exhibits a single crystal X-ray crystallographic analysis at 150 K with crystal parameters that are approximately equal to the following:
Still, another embodiment is crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate having at least one of a d10 ranging from about 1 to about 10 μm; a d50 ranging from about 8 to about 40 μm; and a d90 particle size ranging from about 25 to about 90 μm.
The crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate can be orally administered to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as the other disorders described herein. For example, one embodiment is a method of treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a patient (e.g., a child or adult) in need thereof by administering an effective amount of the crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate.
In yet another aspect of the invention, a method for preparing crystalline lisdexamphetamine dimesylate is provided. The method entails reacting a di-amine protected l-lysine-d-amphetamine with methane sulfonic acid to produce lisdexamphetamine dimesylate.
Another embodiment of the invention is directed to a method of reducing patient to patient variability of amphetamine levels among a group of patients. The method entails daily (preferably once daily) oral administration to each patient in the group of a prodrug of amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of the prodrug, wherein the amphetamine is covalently bound to a peptide comprising 1 to 10 amino acids. In one preferred embodiment, a pharmaceutical composition consisting essentially of the prodrug of amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is administered. A preferred prodrug is L-lysine-d-amphetamine and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, such as L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate.
Yet another embodiment of the invention is a method of treating obesity, cancer related fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, or narcolepsy, in a patient in need thereof by administering an effective amount of the aforementioned amphetamine prodrug or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof or a pharmaceutical composition containing it. According to one preferred embodiment, the prodrug or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is orally administered once daily. A preferred prodrug is L-lysine-d-amphetamine, and a preferred salt of the prodrug is L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate.
Yet another embodiment of the invention is a method of treating depression or a depressive disorder (such as major depressive disorder) in a patient in need thereof by administering an effective amount of (a) the aforementioned amphetamine prodrug or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof or a pharmaceutical composition containing it and (b) an antidepressant other than mirtazapine.
Yet another embodiment is a method of treating ADHD in a patient in need thereof while minimizing the risk of adverse side effects due to the mode of treatment, comprising:
(a) marketing to doctors an oral pharmaceutical composition comprising L-lysine-d-amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof for the treatment of ADHD and as having a lower interpatient variation than an oral formulation containing d-amphetamine;
Yet another embodiment is a method for treating a patient suffering from ADHD comprising the steps of:
(a) providing to the marketplace an oral pharmaceutical composition comprising L-lysine-d-amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof for the treatment of ADHD;
Yet another embodiment is a method for treating a patient suffering from ADHD comprising the steps of:
(a) purchasing an oral pharmaceutical composition comprising L-lysine-d-amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
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The invention provides amphetamine prodrugs comprising amphetamine covalently bound to a chemical moiety. The amphetamine prodrugs can also be characterized as conjugates in that they possess a covalent attachment. They may also be characterized as conditionally bioreversible derivatives (“CBDs”) in that the amphetamine prodrug preferably remains inactive until oral administration releases the amphetamine from the chemical moiety.
In one embodiment, the invention provides an amphetamine prodrug of Formula I:
wherein A is an amphetamine;
each X is independently a chemical moiety;
each Z is independently a chemical moiety that acts as an adjuvant and is different from at least one X;
n is an increment from 1 to 50, preferably 1 to 10; and
m is an increment from 0 to 50, preferably 0.
When m is 0, the amphetamine prodrug is a compound of Formula (II):
wherein each X is independently a chemical moiety.
Formula (II) can also be written to designate the chemical moiety that is physically attached to the amphetamine:
wherein A is an amphetamine; X1 is a chemical moiety, preferably a single amino acid; each X is independently a chemical moiety that is the same as or different from X1; and n is an increment from 1 to 50.
The amphetamine, A, can be any of the sympathomimetic phenethylamine derivatives which have central nervous system stimulant activity such as amphetamine, or any derivative, analog, or salt thereof. Exemplary amphetamines include, but are not limited to, amphetamine, methamphetamine, methylphenidate, p-methoxyamphetamine, methylenedioxyamphetamine, 2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylamphetamine, 2,4,5-trimethoxyamphetamine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, N-ethylamphetamine, fenethylline, benzphetamine, and chlorphentermine as well as the amphetamine compounds of Adderall®; actedron; actemin; adipan; akedron; allodene; alpha-methyl-(±)-benzeneethanamine; alpha-methylbenzeneethanamine; alpha-methylphenethylamine; amphetamine; amphate; anorexine; benzebar; benzedrine; benzyl methyl carbinamine; benzolone; beta-amino propylbenzene; beta-phenylisopropylamine; biphetamine; desoxynorephedrine; dietamine; DL-amphetamine; elastonon; fenopromin; finam; isoamyne; isomyn; mecodrin; monophos; mydrial; norephedrane; novydrine; obesin; obesine; obetrol; octedrine; oktedrin; phenamine; phenedrine; phenethylamine, alpha-methyl-; percomon; profamina; profetamine; propisamine; racephen; raphetamine; rhinalator, sympamine; simpatedrin; simpatina; sympatedrine; and weckamine Preferred amphetamines include methamphetamine, methylphenidate, and amphetamine, with amphetamine being most preferred.
The amphetamine can have any stereogenic configuration, including both dextro- and levo-isomers. The dextro-isomer, particularly dextroamphetamine, is preferred.
Preferably, the amphetamine is an amphetamine salt. Pharmaceutically acceptable salts, e.g., non-toxic, inorganic and organic acid addition salts, are known in the art. Exemplary salts include, but are not limited to, 2-hydroxyethanesulfonate, 2-naphthalenesulfonate, 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate, 3-phenylpropionate, acetate, adipate, alginate, amsonate, aspartate, benzenesulfonate, benzoate, besylate, bicarbonate, bisulfate, bitartrate, borate, butyrate, calcium edetate, camphorate, camphorsulfonate, camsylate, carbonate, citrate, clavulariate, cyclopentanepropionate, digluconate, dodecylsulfate, edetate, edisylate, estolate, esylate, ethanesulfonate, finnarate, gluceptate, glucoheptanoate, gluconate, glutamate, glycerophosphate, glycollylarsanilate, hemisulfate, heptanoate, hexafluorophosphate, hexanoate, hexylresorcinate, hydrabamine, hydrobromide, hydrochloride, hydroiodide, hydroxynaphthoate, iodide, isothionate, lactate, lactobionate, laurate, laurylsulphonate, malate, maleate, mandelate, mesylate, methanesulfonate, methylbromide, methylnitrate, methylsulfate, mucate, naphthylate, napsylate, nicotinate, nitrate, N-methylglucamine ammonium salt, oleate, oxalate, palmitate, pamoate, pantothenate, pectinate, persulfate, phosphate, phosphateldiphosphate, picrate, pivalate, polygalacturonate, propionate, p-toluenesulfonate, saccharate, salicylate, stearate, subacetate, succinate, sulfate, sulfosaliculate, suramate, tannate, tartrate, teoclate, thiocyanate, tosylate, triethiodide, undecanoate, and valerate salts, and the like. (See Berge et al. (1977) “Pharmaceutical Salts”, J. Pharm. Sci. 66:1-19). A preferred amphetamine salt is the mesylate salt (e.g., as in L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate).
Particular salts may be less hygroscopic thereby facilitating handling. In a preferred embodiment, the amphetamine prodrug has a water content (Karl Fischer analysis) of about 0% to about 5%, about 0.1% to about 3%, about 0.25% to about 2%, or increments therein. When the amphetamine prodrug is formulated into a pharmaceutical composition, the pharmaceutical composition preferably has a water content of about 1% to about 10%, about 1% to about 8%, about 2% to about 7%, or increments therein.
The term “crystal” refers to a form of a solid state of matter, which is distinct from its amorphous solid state. Crystals display characteristic features including a lattice structure, characteristic shapes and optical properties such as refractive index. A crystal consists of atoms arranged in a pattern that repeats periodically in three dimensions.
An “anhydrous crystal form” lacks bound water molecules.
The term “polymorph” refers to crystallographically distinct forms of a substance.
The term “amine” refers to a —NH2 group.
The D10, D50 and D90 represent the 10th percentile, median or the 50th percentile and the 90th percentile of the particle size distribution, respectively, as measured by diameter. That is, the D10 (Dso, D90) is a value on the distribution such that 10% (50%, 90%) of the particles have a volume of this value or less.
An “effective amount of drug” is an amount of lisdexamphetamine dimesylate which is effective to treat or prevent a condition in a living organism to whom it is administered over some period of time, e.g., provides a therapeutic effect during a desired dosing interval.
The term “treating” includes: (1) preventing or delaying the appearance of clinical symptoms of the state, disorder or condition developing in an animal that may be afflicted with or predisposed to the state, disorder or condition but does not yet experience or display clinical or subclinical symptoms of the state, disorder or condition; (2) inhibiting the state, disorder or condition (i.e., arresting, reducing or delaying the development of the disease, or a relapse thereof in case of maintenance treatment, of at least one clinical or subclinical symptom thereof); and/or (3) relieving the condition (i.e., causing regression of the state, disorder or condition or at least one of its clinical or subclinical symptoms). The benefit to a patient to be treated is either statistically significant or at least perceptible to the patient or to the physician.
As used herein in connection with a measured quantity, the term “about” refers to the normal variation in that measured quantity that would be expected by the skilled artisan making the measurement and exercising a level of care commensurate with the objective of the measurement and the precision of the measuring equipment used. Unless otherwise indicated, “about” refers to a variation of ±10% of the value provided.
Throughout this application, the term “increment” is used to define a numerical value in varying degrees of precision, e.g., to the nearest 10, 1, 0.1, 0.01, etc. The increment can be rounded to any measurable degree of precision. For example, the range 1 to 100 or increments therein includes ranges such as 20 to 80, 5 to 50, 0.4 to 98, and 0.04 to 98.05.
The amphetamine is bound to one or more chemical moieties, denominated X and Z. A chemical moiety can be any moiety that decreases the pharmacological activity of amphetamine while bound to the chemical moiety as compared to unbound (free) amphetamine. The attached chemical moiety can be either naturally occurring or synthetic.
Exemplary chemical moieties include, but are not limited to, peptides, including single amino acids, dipeptides, tripeptides, oligopeptides, and polypeptides; glycopeptides; carbohydrates; lipids; nucleosides; nucleic acids; and vitamins. Preferably, the chemical moiety is generally recognized as safe (“GRAS”).
“An extended release mixed amphetamine composition,” such as Adderall™ XR, is a composition that contains at least 2 amphetamine salts. The composition allows for extended release of amphetamine into the bloodstream.
“Carbohydrates” include sugars, starches, cellulose, and related compounds, e.g., (CH2O)n wherein n is an integer larger than 2, and Cn(H2O)n-1 wherein n is an integer larger than 5. The carbohydrate can be a monosaccharide, disaccharide, oligosaccharide, polysaccharide, or a derivative thereof (e.g., sulfo- or phospho-substituted). Exemplary carbohydrates include, but are not limited to, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, glyceraldehyde, dihydroxyacetone, erythrose, ribose, ribulose, xylulose, galactose, mannose, sedoheptulose, neuraminic acid, dextrin, and glycogen.
A “glycopeptide” is a carbohydrate linked to an oligopeptide. Similarly, the chemical moiety can also be a glycoprotein, glyco-amino-acid, or glycosyl-amino-acid. A “glycoprotein” is a carbohydrate (e.g., a glycan) covalently linked to a protein. A “glyco-amino-acid” is a carbohydrate (e.g., a saccharide) covalently linked to a single amino acid. A “glycosyl-amino-acid” is a carbohydrate (e.g., a saccharide) linked through a glycosyl linkage (O—, N—, or S—) to an amino acid.
A “peptide” includes a single amino acid, a dipeptide, a tripeptide, an oligopeptide, a polypeptide, or a carrier peptide. An oligopeptide includes from 2 to 70 amino acids.
The term “amino acid” includes both naturally occurring (i.e., the 20 amino acids used for protein synthesis) and nonnaturally occurring amino acids, synthetically produced amino acids.
Preferably, the chemical moiety is a peptide, more particularly a single amino acid, a dipeptide, or a tripeptide. The peptide preferably comprises fewer than 70 amino acids, fewer than 50 amino acids, fewer than 10 amino acids, or fewer than 4 amino acids. When the chemical moiety is one or more amino acids, the amphetamine is preferably bound to lysine, serine, phenylalanine, or glycine. In another embodiment, the amphetamine is preferably bound to lysine, glutamic acid, or leucine. In one embodiment, the amphetamine is bound to lysine and optional additional chemical moieties, e.g., additional amino acids. In a preferred embodiment, the amphetamine is bound to a single lysine amino acid.
In one embodiment, the chemical moiety is from 1 to 12 amino acids, preferably 1 to 8 amino acids. In another embodiment, the number of amino acids is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7. In another embodiment, the molecular weight of the chemical moiety is below about 2,500 kD, more preferably below about 1,000 kD, and most preferably below about 500 kD.
Each amino acid can be any one of the L- or D-enantiomers, preferably L-enantiomers, of the naturally occurring amino acids: alanine (Ala or A), arginine (Arg or R), asparagine (Asn or N), aspartic acid (Asp or D), cysteine (Cys or C), glycine (Gly or G), glutamic acid (Glu or E), glutamine (Gln or Q), histidine (H is or H), isoleucine (Ile or I), leucine (Leu or L), lysine (Lys or K), methionine (Met or M), proline (Pro or P), phenylalanine (Phe or F), serine (Ser or S), tryptophan (Trp or W), threonine (Thr or T), tyrosine (Tyr or Y), and valine (Val or V). In a preferred embodiment, the peptide comprises only naturally occurring amino acids and/or only L-amino acids. Each amino acid can be an unnatural, non-standard, or synthetic amino acids, such as aminohexanoic acid, biphenylalanine, cyclohexylalanine, cyclohexylglycine, diethylglycine, dipropylglycine, 2,3-diaminoproprionic acid, homophenylalanine, homoserine, homotyrosine, naphthylalanine, norleucine, ornithine, phenylalanine (4-fluoro), phenylalanine(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluoro), phenylalanine(4-nitro), phenylglycine, pipecolic acid, sarcosine, tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid, and tert-leucine. Preferably, synthetic amino acids with alkyl side chains are selected from C1-C17 alkyls, preferably C1-C6 alkyls. In one embodiment, the peptide comprises one or more amino acid alcohols, e.g., serine and threonine. In another embodiment, the peptide comprises one or more N-methyl amino acids, e.g., N-methyl aspartic acid.
In one embodiment, the peptides are utilized as base short chain amino acid sequences and additional amino acids are added to the terminus or side chain. In another embodiment, the peptide may have an one or more amino acid substitutions. Preferably, the substitute amino acid is similar in structure, charge, or polarity to the replaced amino acid. For instance, isoleucine is similar to leucine, tyrosine is similar to phenylalanine, serine is similar to threonine, cysteine is similar to methionine, alanine is similar to valine, lysine is similar to arginine, asparagine is similar to glutamine, aspartic acid is similar to glutamic acid, histidine is similar to proline, and glycine is similar to tryptophan.
The peptide can comprise a homopolymer or heteropolymer of naturally occurring or synthetic amino acids. For example, the side chain attachment of amphetamine to the peptide can be a homopolymer or heteropolymer containing glutamic acid, aspartic acid, serine, lysine, cysteine, threonine, asparagine, arginine, tyrosine, or glutamine.
Exemplary peptides include Lys, Ser, Phe, Gly-Gly-Gly, Leu-Ser, Leu-Glu, homopolymers of Glu and Leu, and heteropolymers of (Glu)n-Leu-Ser. In a preferred embodiment, the peptide is Lys, Ser, Phe, or Gly-Gly-Gly.
In one embodiment, the chemical moiety has one or more free carboxy and/or amine terminal and/or side chain group other than the point of attachment to the amphetamine. The chemical moiety can be in such a free state, or an ester or salt thereof.
The chemical moiety can be covalently attached to the amphetamine either directly or indirectly through a linker Covalent attachment may comprise an ester or carbonate bond. The site of attachment typically is determined by the functional group(s) available on the amphetamine. For example, a peptide can be attached to an amphetamine via the N-terminus, C-terminus, or side chain of an amino acid. For additional methods of attaching amphetamine to various exemplary chemical moieties, see U.S. application Ser. No. 10/156,527, PCT/US03/05524, and PCT/US03/05525, each of which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.
Synthesis of Lisdexamphetamine and Salts Thereof.
Lisdexamphetamine and salts thereof can be prepared from L-lysine or a salt thereof as follows. The amine groups on the L-lysine or a salt thereof are protected, for example, by reaction with di-tert-butyl dicarbonate. Suitable amine protecting groups include, but are not limited to, Boc (—C(O)OC(CH3)3), Boc (tert-butyloxycarbonyl, —C(O)OC(CH3)3), Cbz (benzyloxycarbonyl, —C(O)OCH2Ph), Alloc (allyloxycarbonyl, —C(O)OCH2CH═CH2), Fmoc (Fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl, —C(O)OCH2-fluorene) or Teoc (Trimethylsilylethyl-oxycarbonyl, —C(O)OCH2CH2Si(CH3)3). In addition, amine protecting groups given in J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. Vol. 1, 1998, p. 4005-4037, hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. Preferably this reaction is performed in the presence of a base, such as sodium hydroxide.
The di-amine protected L-lysine is then subjected to an acid activation followed by an amidation reaction with d-amphetamine to form a di-amine protected lisdexamphetamine. The amidation reaction can be performed either by first activating the acid group of the protected L-lysine, and then amidating the activated acid by, for example, reacting it with d-amphetamine (“two-step procedure”), or in a “one-pot procedure” in which the protected L-lysine, d-amphetamine, coupling reagent, and optional additive are all combined simultaneously. For the two-step procedure, the acid group of the protected L-lysine can be activated, for example, by reaction with DCC (dicyclohexylcarbodiimide), CDI (carbonyldiimidazole), EDCI (1-(3-Dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide), PyBOP (benzotriazol-1-yloxytris(pyrrolidino)phosphonium hexafluorophosphate), or HBTU (O-(1H-benzotriazol-1-yl)-N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate) in addition to, for example, N-hydroxysuccinimide, N-hydroxybenzotriazole, or a phenol such as p-nitrophenol, or by reaction with, for instance, iso-butylchloroformate. Preferably, the activated ester is then isolated before being allowed to react with d-amphetamine.
In the one-pot procedure, the activation of the protected L-lysine acid and subsequent amidation can be performed by mixing the protected L-lysine, d-amphetamine, coupling reagent and optional additive simultaneously. The coupling agent may be, for example, DCC (dicyclohexylcarbodiimide), CDI (carbonyldiimidazole), EDCI (1-(3-Dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide), PyBOP (benzotriazol-1-yloxytris(pyrrolidino)phosphonium hexafluorophospate), or HBTU (O-(1H-benzotriazol-1-yl)-N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate). The optional additive may be, for example, N-hydroxysuccinimide, N-hydroxybenzotriazole, or a phenol such as p-nitrophenol. Preferably, the acid activation step is performed in the presence of a dehydration agent, such as dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC). In either the two-step or one one-pot method, the amidating step can be performed in the presence of an organic base, such as N-methyl-morpholine (NMM).
The di-amine protected lisdexamphetamine is then deprotected and optionally converted to a salt. The deprotection and salt conversion can be performed in a single reaction. For example, the di-amine protected lisdexamphetamine can be reacted with methane sulfonic acid to form lisdexamphetamine dimesylate. Preferably, this reaction is performed in the presence of an alcohol, such as isopropanol.
The amphetamine prodrug compounds described above can be synthesized as described in Examples 1, 38 and 39 and
In one embodiment, the amphetamine prodrug (a compound of one of the formulas described above) may exhibit one or more of the following advantages over free amphetamines. The amphetamine prodrug may prevent overdose by exhibiting a reduced pharmacological activity when administered at higher than therapeutic doses, e.g., higher than the prescribed dose. Yet when the amphetamine prodrug is administered at therapeutic doses, the amphetamine prodrug may retain similar pharmacological activity to that achieved by administering unbound amphetamine, e.g., Adderall XR®. Also, the amphetamine prodrug may prevent abuse by exhibiting stability under conditions likely to be employed by illicit chemists attempting to release the amphetamine. The amphetamine prodrug may prevent abuse by exhibiting reduced bioavailability when it is administered via parenteral routes, particularly the intravenous (“shooting”), intranasal (“snorting”), and/or inhalation (“smoking”) routes that are often employed in illicit use. Thus, the amphetamine prodrug may reduce the euphoric effect associated with amphetamine abuse. Thus, the amphetamine prodrug may prevent and/or reduce the potential of abuse and/or overdose when the amphetamine prodrug is used in a manner inconsistent with the manufacturer's instructions, e.g., consuming the amphetamine prodrug at a higher than therapeutic dose or via a non-oral route of administration.
Use of phrases such as “decreased”, “reduced”, “diminished”, or “lowered” includes at least a 10% change in pharmacological activity with greater percentage changes being preferred for reduction in abuse potential and overdose potential. For instance, the change may also be greater than 25%, 35%, 45%, 55%, 65%, 75%, 85%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, 99%, or other increments greater than 10%.
The term “bioavailability” refers to the rate and extent to which a drug is absorbed. One measurement of bioavailability is defined by the fraction (F) of the dose that reaches systemic circulation. Thus, in extreme cases, F=0 in drugs which are not absorbed at all in the GI tract while for drugs that are completely absorbed (and not metabolized by a first pass effect) F=1. The bioavailability can also be calculated from the area under the curve (AUC) of the serum level vs. time plot.
The coefficient of variation (CV) is typically used to express the variability in bioavailability. This value is obtained by expressing the standard deviation as a percentage of the arithmetic mean.
Use of the phrase “similar pharmacological activity” means that two compounds exhibit curves that have substantially the same AUC, Cmax, Tmax, Cmin, and/or t1/2 parameters, preferably within about 30% of each other, more preferably within about 25%, 20%, 10%, 5%, 2%, 1%, or other increments less than 30%.
Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug exhibits an unbound amphetamine oral bioavailability of at least about 60% AUC (area under the curve), more preferably at least about 70%, 80%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, 99%, or other increments greater than 60%. Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug exhibits an unbound amphetamine parenteral, e.g., intranasal, bioavailability of less than about 70% AUC, more preferably less than about 50%, 30%, 20%, 15%, 10%, 5%, 4%, 3%, 2%, 1%, or other increments less than 70%. For certain treatments, it is desirable that the amphetamine prodrug exhibits both the oral and parenteral bioavailability characteristics described above. See, e.g., Table 61.
Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug remains inactive until oral administration releases the amphetamine. Without being bound by theory, it is believed that the amphetamine prodrug is inactive because the attachment of the chemical moiety reduces binding between the amphetamine and its biological target sites (e.g., human dopamine (“DAT”) and norepinephrine (“NET”) transporter sites). (See Hoebel, B. G., L. Hernandez, et al., “Microdialysis studies of brain norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine release during ingestive behavior, Theoretical and clinical implications.” Ann NY Acad Sci 575: 171-91 (1989)). The chemical moiety attachment may reduce binding between amphetamine and DAT and/or NET in part because the amphetamine prodrug cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. The amphetamine prodrug is activated by oral administration, that is, the amphetamine is released from the chemical moiety by hydrolysis, e.g., by enzymes in the stomach, intestinal tract, or blood serum. Because oral administration facilitates activation, activation is reduced when the amphetamine prodrug is administered via parenteral routes often employed by illegal users.
Further, it is believed that the amphetamine prodrug is resistant to abuse and/or overdose due to a natural gating mechanism at the site of hydrolysis, namely the gastrointestinal tract. This gating mechanism is thought to allow the release of therapeutic amounts of amphetamine from the amphetamine prodrug, but limit the release of higher amounts of amphetamine.
In another embodiment, the toxicity of the amphetamine prodrug is substantially lower than that of the unbound amphetamine. For example, in a preferred embodiment, the acute toxicity is 1-fold, 2-fold, 3-fold, 4-fold, 5-fold, 6-fold, 7-fold, 8-fold, 9-fold, 10-fold less, or increments therein less lethal than oral administration of unbound amphetamine.
Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug provides a serum release curve that does not increase above amphetamine's toxicity level when administered at higher than therapeutic doses. The amphetamine prodrug may exhibit a reduced rate of amphetamine absorption and/or an increased rate of clearance compared to the free amphetamine. The amphetamine prodrug may also exhibit a steady-state serum release curve. Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug provides bioavailability but prevents Cmax spiking or increased blood serum concentrations. Pharmacokinetic parameters are described in the Examples below, particularly the clinical pharmacokinetic Examples. In one embodiment, the amphetamine prodrug provides similar pharmacological activity to the clinically measured pharmacokinetic activity of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate. For example, the pharmacological parameters (AUC, Cmax, Tmax, Cmin, and/or t1/2) are preferably within 80% to 125%, 80% to 120%, 85% to 125%, 90% to 110%, or increments therein, of the given values. It should be recognized that the ranges can, but need not be symmetrical, e.g., 85% to 105%. For the pediatric study, the pharmacokinetic parameters of d-amphetamine released from L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate are listed in Table 72.
The amphetamine prodrug may exhibit delayed and/or sustained release characteristics. Delayed release prevents rapid onset of pharmacological effects, and sustained release is a desirable feature for particular dosing regimens, e.g., once a day regimens. The amphetamine prodrug may achieve the release profile independently. Alternatively, the amphetamine prodrug may be pharmaceutically formulated to enhance or achieve such a release profile. It may be desirable to reduce the amount of time until onset of pharmacological effect, e.g., by formulation with an immediate release product.
Accordingly, the invention also provides methods comprising providing, administering, prescribing, or consuming an amphetamine prodrug. The invention also provides pharmaceutical compositions comprising an amphetamine prodrug. The formulation of such a pharmaceutical composition can optionally enhance or achieve the desired release profile.
In one embodiment, the invention provides methods for treating a patient comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of an amphetamine prodrug or salt thereof, i.e., an amount sufficient to prevent, ameliorate, and/or eliminate the symptoms of a disease. These methods can be used to treat any disease that may benefit from amphetamine-type drugs including, but not limited to: attention deficit disorders, e.g., ADD and ADHD, and other learning disabilities; obesity; Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, and other memory disorders and impairments; fibromyalgia; fatigue and chronic fatigue; depression; epilepsy; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); oppositional defiant disorder (ODD); anxiety; resistant depression; stroke rehabilitation; Parkinson's disease; mood disorder; schizophrenia; Huntington's disorder; dementia, e.g., AIDS dementia and frontal lobe dementia; movement disfunction; apathy; Pick's disease; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, sleep disorders, e.g., narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, cancer related fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and hypnagogic hallucinations; conditions related to brain injury or neuronal degeneration, e.g., multiple sclerosis, Tourette's syndrome, and impotence; and nicotine dependence and withdrawal. Preferred indications include ADD, ADHD, narcolepsy, and obesity, with ADHD being most preferred.
In a further embodiment, the amphetamine prodrug to be administered comprises amphetamine covalently bound to a peptide comprising 1 to 10 amino acids. The prodrug can also be administered in a pharmaceutical composition. A preferred prodrug is L-lysine-d-amphetamine. A preferred prodrug salt is L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate.
In one embodiment, the prodrugs (or pharmaceutical salts thereof) are administered to treat cancer related fatigue. The term “cancer related fatigue” includes a patient's fatigue during the period in which the patient is undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment as well as a patient's fatigue while not undergoing any such treatment (e.g., after a patient has undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment).
An effective amount of the prodrug (or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof) is administered. For example, a daily dose of 5-100 mg of the prodrug can be administered. According to one embodiment, a daily dose of 5 or 10 mg of the prodrug is administered and is optionally titrated every 1 to 7, e.g., 3-5 days (for example, 3 or 5 days), by 5 or 10 mg increments, to the desired level of treatment. The maximum level of treatment is preferably 70 mg. Alternatively, the dose can be held constant at 5 or 10 mg as well. Preferably, the daily dose is administered once daily.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Patients Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea
In one embodiment, the prodrugs (or pharmaceutical salts thereof) are administered to treat excessive daytime sleepiness in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. An effective amount of the prodrug (or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof) is administered. For example, a daily dose of 5-100 mg of the prodrug can be administered. According to one embodiment, a daily dose of 5 or 10 mg of the prodrug is administered and is optionally titrated every 3-5 days by 5 or 10 mg increments, to the desired level of treatment. The maximum level of treatment is preferably 70 mg. Alternatively, the dose can be held constant at 5 or 10 mg as well. Preferably, the daily dose is administered once daily.
Fatigue related to cancer, excessive daytime sleepiness in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, or fatigue related to any other sleeping disorders can be measured by various instruments. A non-exhaustive list of instruments to measure fatigue include the Piper Fatigue Scale (Piper, B F, et al., Oncol. Nurs. Forum, vol 25, pp. 677-84 (1998)), Lee Fatigue Scale (Lee, K A, et al., Psychiatry Res., vol. 36, pp. 297-8 (1991)), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Anemia/Fatigue (Yellen, S B, J. Pain Symptom Manage., vol. 13, pp. 63-74 (1997)), Brief Fatigue Inventory (Mendoza, T R, Cancer, vol 85, pp. 1186-96 (1999)), Cancer Fatigue Scale (Okuyama, T, J. Pain Symptom Manage., vol. 19, pp. 5-14 (2000)), Schwartz Cancer Fatigue Scale (Schwartz, A L, Oncol. Nurs. Forum, vol 25, pp. 711-7 (1998)), Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (Smets, E M, J. Psychosom. Res., vol 39, pp. 315-25 (1995)), Fatigue Severity Scale (Krupp, L B, et al., Arch Neurol., vol. 46, pp. 1121-3), Multidimensional Characterization of Fatigue Measure (Vercoulen, J H, et al., Arch. Of Neurol., vol. 53, pp. 642-49 (1996)), and The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) (Buysse, D J, et al., Psychiatry Res., vol. 2, pp. 193-213 (1989)).
These studies employ self-reporting measures, which are compared to controls lacking fatigue, result in a score which can be compared before and after treatment to assess the improvement in fatigue symptoms following treatment with the prodrug.
For example, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) can be used to determine whether the prodrug has an effect on cancer related fatigue, or any other fatigue or sleep related disorder, including excessive daytime sleepiness in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The PSQI is a questionnaire which assesses sleep quality and disturbances over a 1-month time interval. Nineteen individual items generate seven component scores: subjective sleep quality, sleep latency, sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, use of sleeping medication, and daytime dysfunction. The sum of the scores for these seven components yields one global score (Buysse, D J, et al., Psychiatry Res., vol. 2, pp. 193-213 (1989)).
The methods of treatment include combination therapies which further comprise administering one or more therapeutic agents in addition to administering an amphetamine prodrug (or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof). In these embodiments, the therapeutic agents can be administered serially or together.
In one embodiment, the prodrugs of the present invention (or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof) are used in combination with another antidepressant for adjunctive antidepressant therapy.
The active ingredients can be formulated into a single dosage form, or they can be formulated together or separately among multiple dosage forms. The active ingredients can be administered simultaneously or sequentially in any order. Exemplary combination therapies include the administration of the drugs listed in Table 1.
The prodrug (or pharmaceutical salts thereof) can be administered in combination with an antidepressant to treat depression or a depressive disorder, such as major depressive disorder. The prodrug and antipressant can be can be administered serially (in any order) or together (simultaneously). The active ingredients can be formulated into a single dosage form, or they can be formulated together or separately among multiple dosage forms.
In the adjunctive antidepressant therapy embodiment, the prodrugs of the present invention, and specifically the preferred prodrug salt 1-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, can be paired with various antidepressants for co-therapy, including, but not limited to, serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) (e.g., venlafaxine), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and tertiary amine tricyclic norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. For example, tertiary amine tricyclic norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors such as amitripyline, clomipramine, doxepin, imipramine and (+)-trimipramine can be employed with l-lysine-d-amphetamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof (e.g., the dimesylate salt).
In another adjunctive antidepressant therapy embodiment, secondary amine tricyclics such as amoxapine, desipramine, maprotiline, nortiptyline and protriptyline are paired with an amphetamine prodrug for adjunctive antidepressant therapy. The antidepressant can also be a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, or sertraline.
In yet another adjunctive antidepressant therapy embodiment, a prodrug of the present invention is administered with an atypical antidepressant. Non-limiting examples of such compounds include atomoxetine, bupropion, duloxetine, nefazodone and trazadone.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors can also be used in combination with the prodrugs of the present invention for adjunctive antidepressant therapy. Examples include phenelzine, tranylcycpromine and selegiline.
A “composition” refers broadly to any composition containing one or more amphetamine prodrugs. The composition can comprise a dry formulation, an aqueous solution, or a sterile composition. Compositions comprising the compounds described herein may be stored in freeze-dried form and may be associated with a stabilizing agent such as a carbohydrate. In use, the composition may be deployed in an aqueous solution containing salts, e.g., NaCl, detergents such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and other components.
In one embodiment, the amphetamine prodrug itself exhibits a sustained release profile. Thus, the invention provides a pharmaceutical composition exhibiting a sustained release profile due to the amphetamine prodrug.
In another embodiment, a sustained release profile is enhanced or achieved by including a hydrophilic polymer in the pharmaceutical composition. Suitable hydrophilic polymers include, but are not limited to, natural or partially or totally synthetic hydrophilic gums such as acacia, gum tragacanth, locust bean gum, guar gum, and karaya gum; cellulose derivatives such as methyl cellulose, hydroxymethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, and carboxymethyl cellulose; proteinaceous substances such as agar, pectin, carrageen, and alginates; hydrophilic polymers such as carboxypolymethylene; gelatin; casein; zein; bentonite; magnesium aluminum silicate; polysaccharides; modified starch derivatives; and other hydrophilic polymers known in the art. Preferably, the hydrophilic polymer forms a gel that dissolves slowly in aqueous acidic media thereby allowing the amphetamine prodrug to diffuse from the gel in the stomach. Then when the gel reaches the higher pH medium of the intestines, the hydrophilic polymer dissolves in controlled quantities to allow further sustained release. Preferred hydrophilic polymers are hydroxypropyl methylcelluloses such as Methocel ethers, e.g., Methocel E10M® (Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich.). One of ordinary skill in the art would recognize a variety of structures, such as bead constructions and coatings, useful for achieving particular release profiles. See, e.g., U.S. Pat. No. 6,913,768.
In addition to the amphetamine prodrug, the pharmaceutical compositions of the invention further comprise one or more pharmaceutical additives. Pharmaceutical additives include a wide range of materials including, but not limited to diluents and bulking substances, binders and adhesives, lubricants, glidants, plasticizers, disintegrants, carrier solvents, buffers, colorants, flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives and stabilizers, and other pharmaceutical additives known in the art. For example, in a preferred embodiment, the pharmaceutical composition comprises magnesium stearate. In another preferred embodiment, the pharmaceutical composition comprises microcrystalline cellulose (e.g., Avicel® PH-102), croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate. See, e.g., Table 62.
Diluents increase the bulk of a dosage form and may make the dosage form easier to handle. Exemplary diluents include, but are not limited to, lactose, dextrose, saccharose, cellulose, starch, and calcium phosphate for solid dosage forms, e.g., tablets and capsules; olive oil and ethyl oleate for soft capsules; water and vegetable oil for liquid dosage forms, e.g., suspensions and emulsions. Additional suitable diluents include, but are not limited to, sucrose, dextrates, dextrin, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose (e.g., Avicel®), microfine cellulose, powdered cellulose, pregelatinized starch (e.g., Starch 1500®), calcium phosphate dihydrate, soy polysaccharide (e.g., Emcosoy®), gelatin, silicon dioxide, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, sorbitol, mannitol, kaolin, polymethacrylates (e.g., Eudragit®), potassium chloride, sodium chloride, and talc. A preferred diluent is microcrystalline cellulose (e.g., Avicel® PH-102). Preferred ranges for the amount of diluent by weight percent include about 40% to about 90%, about 50% to about 85%, about 55% to about 80%, about 50% to about 60%, and increments therein.
In embodiments where the pharmaceutical composition is compacted into a solid dosage form, e.g., a tablet, a binder can help the ingredients hold together. Binders include, but are not limited to, sugars such as sucrose, lactose, and glucose; corn syrup; soy polysaccharide, gelatin; povidone (e.g., Kollidon®, Plasdone®); Pullulan; cellulose derivatives such as microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (e.g., Methocel®), hydroxypropyl cellulose (e.g., Klucel®), ethylcellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, and methylcellulose; acrylic and methacrylic acid co-polymers; carbomer (e.g., Carbopol®); polyvinylpolypyrrolidine, polyethylene glycol (Carbowax®); pharmaceutical glaze; alginates such as alginic acid and sodium alginate; gums such as acacia, guar gum, and arabic gums; tragacanth; dextrin and maltodextrin; milk derivatives such as whey; starches such as pregelatinized starch and starch paste; hydrogenated vegetable oil; and magnesium aluminum silicate.
For tablet dosage forms, the pharmaceutical composition is subjected to pressure from a punch and dye. Among other purposes, a lubricant can help prevent the composition from sticking to the punch and dye surfaces. A lubricant can also be used in the coating of a coated dosage form. Lubricants include, but are not limited to, magnesium stearate, calcium stearate, zinc stearate, powdered stearic acid, glyceryl monostearate, glyceryl palmitostearate, glyceryl behenate, silica, magnesium silicate, colloidal silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium stearyl fumarate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, talc, polyethylene glycol, and mineral oil. A preferred lubricant is magnesium stearate. The amount of lubricant by weight percent is preferably less than about 5%, more preferably 4%, 3%, 2%, 1.5%, 1%, or 0.5%, or increments therein.
Glidants can improve the flowability of non-compacted solid dosage forms and can improve the accuracy of dosing. Glidants include, but are not limited to, colloidal silicon dioxide, fumed silicon dioxide, silica gel, talc, magnesium trisilicate, magnesium or calcium stearate, powdered cellulose, starch, and tribasic calcium phosphate.
Plasticizers include both hydrophobic and hydrophilic plasticizers such as, but not limited to, diethyl phthalate, butyl phthalate, diethyl sebacate, dibutyl sebacate, triethyl citrate, acetyltriethyl citrate, acetyltributyl citrate, cronotic acid, propylene glycol, castor oil, triacetin, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, glycerin, and sorbitol. Plasticizers are particularly useful for pharmaceutical compositions containing a polymer and in soft capsules and film-coated tablets. In one embodiment, the plasticizer facilitates the release of the amphetamine prodrug from the dosage form.
Disintegrants can increase the dissolution rate of a pharmaceutical composition. Disintegrants include, but are not limited to, alginates such as alginic acid and sodium alginate, carboxymethylcellulose calcium, carboxymethylcellulose sodium (e.g., Ac-Di-Sol®, Primellose®), colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, crospovidone (e.g., Kollidon®, Polyplasdone®), polyvinylpolypyrrolidine (Plasone-XL®), guar gum, magnesium aluminum silicate, methyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polacrilin potassium, powdered cellulose, starch, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate (e.g., Explotab®, Primogel®). Preferred disintegrants include croscarmellose sodium and microcrystalline cellulose (e.g., Avicel® PH-102). Preferred ranges for the amount of disintegrant by weight percent include about 1% to about 10%, about 1% to about 5%, about 2% to about 3%, and increments therein.
In embodiments where the pharmaceutical composition is formulated for a liquid dosage form, the pharmaceutical composition may include one or more solvents. Suitable solvents include, but are not limited to, water; alcohols such as ethanol and isopropyl alcohol; methylene chloride; vegetable oil; polyethylene glycol; propylene glycol; and glycerin.
The pharmaceutical composition can comprise a buffer. Buffers include, but are not limited to, lactic acid, citric acid, acetic acid, sodium lactate, sodium citrate, and sodium acetate.
Any pharmaceutically acceptable colorant can be used to improve appearance or to help identify the pharmaceutical composition. See 21 C.F.R., Part 74. Exemplary colorants include D&C Red No. 28, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Green #3, FD&C Yellow No. 6, and edible inks Preferred colors for gelatin capsules include white, medium orange, and light blue.
Flavorings improve palatability and may be particularly useful for chewable tablet or liquid dosage forms. Flavorings include, but are not limited to maltol, vanillin, ethyl vanillin, menthol, citric acid, fumaric acid, ethyl maltol, and tartaric acid. Sweeteners include, but are not limited to, sorbitol, saccharin, sodium saccharin, sucrose, aspartame, fructose, mannitol, and invert sugar.
The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can also include one or more preservatives and/or stabilizers to improve storagability. These include, but are not limited to, alcohol, sodium benzoate, butylated hydroxy toluene, butylated hydroxyanisole, and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid.
Other pharmaceutical additives include gelling agents such as colloidal clays; thickening agents such as gum tragacanth and sodium alginate; wetting agents such as lecithin, polysorbates, and laurylsulphates; humectants; antioxidants such as vitamin E, caronene, and BHT; adsorbents; effervescing agents; emulsifying agents, viscosity enhancing agents; surface active agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, triethanolamine, polyoxyethylene sorbitan, poloxalkol, and quaternary ammonium salts; and other miscellaneous excipients such as lactose, mannitol, glucose, fructose, xylose, galactose, sucrose, maltose, xylitol, sorbitol, chloride, sulfate and phosphate salts of potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
The pharmaceutical compositions can be manufactured according to any method known to those of skill in the art of pharmaceutical manufacture such as, for example, wet granulation, dry granulation, encapsulation, direct compression, slugging, etc. For instance, a pharmaceutical composition can be prepared by mixing the amphetamine prodrug with one or more pharmaceutical additives with an aliquot of liquid, preferably water, to form a wet granulation. The wet granulation can be dried to obtain granules. The resulting granulation can be milled, screened, and blended with various pharmaceutical additives such as water-insoluble polymers and additional hydrophilic polymers. In one embodiment, an amphetamine prodrug is mixed with a hydrophilic polymer and an aliquot of water, then dried to obtain granules of amphetamine prodrug encapsulated by hydrophilic polymer.
After granulation, the pharmaceutical composition is preferably encapsulated, e.g., in a gelatin capsule. The gelatin capsule can contain, for example, kosher gelatin, titanium dioxide, and optional colorants. Alternatively, the pharmaceutical composition can be tableted, e.g., compressed and optionally coated with a protective coating that dissolves or disperses in gastric juices.
The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can be administered by a variety of dosage forms. Any biologically-acceptable dosage form known in the art, and combinations thereof, are contemplated. Examples of preferred dosage forms include, without limitation, tablets including chewable tablets, film-coated tablets, quick dissolve tablets, effervescent tablets, multi-layer tablets, and bi-layer tablets; caplets; powders including reconstitutable powders; granules; dispersible granules; particles; microparticles; capsules including soft and hard gelatin capsules; lozenges; chewable lozenges; cachets; beads; liquids; solutions; suspensions; emulsions; elixirs; and syrups.
The pharmaceutical composition is preferably administered orally. Oral administration permits the maximum release of amphetamine, provides sustained release of amphetamine, and maintains abuse resistance. Preferably, the amphetamine prodrug releases the amphetamine over a more extended period of time as compared to administering unbound amphetamine.
Oral dosage forms can be presented as discrete units, such as capsules, caplets, or tablets. In a preferred embodiment, the invention provides a solid oral dosage form comprising an amphetamine prodrug that is smaller in size compared to a solid oral dosage form containing a therapeutically equivalent amount of unbound amphetamine. In one embodiment, the oral dosage form comprises a gelatin capsule of size 2, size 3, or smaller (e.g., size 4). The smaller size of the amphetamine prodrug dosage forms promotes ease of swallowing.
Soft gel or soft gelatin capsules may be prepared, for example, by dispersing the formulation in an appropriate vehicle (e.g., vegetable oil) to form a high viscosity mixture. This mixture then is encapsulated with a gelatin based film. The industrial units so formed are then dried to a constant weight.
Chewable tablets can be prepared by mixing the amphetamine prodrug with excipients designed to form a relatively soft, flavored tablet dosage form that is intended to be chewed. Conventional tablet machinery and procedures (e.g., direct compression, granulation, and slugging) can be utilized.
Film-coated tablets can be prepared by coating tablets using techniques such as rotating pan coating methods and air suspension methods to deposit a contiguous film layer on a tablet.
Compressed tablets can be prepared by mixing the amphetamine prodrug with excipients that add binding qualities. The mixture can be directly compressed, or it can be granulated and then compressed.
The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can alternatively be formulated into a liquid dosage form, such as a solution or suspension in an aqueous or non-aqueous liquid. The liquid dosage form can be an emulsion, such as an oil-in-water liquid emulsion or a water-in-oil liquid emulsion. The oils can be administered by adding the purified and sterilized liquids to a prepared enteral formula, which then is placed in the feeding tube of a patient who is unable to swallow.
For oral administration, fine powders or granules containing diluting, dispersing, and/or surface-active agents can be presented in a draught, in water or a syrup, in capsules or sachets in the dry state, in a non-aqueous suspension wherein suspending agents may be included, or in a suspension in water or a syrup. Liquid dispersions for oral administration can be syrups, emulsions, or suspensions. The syrups, emulsions, or suspensions can contain a carrier, for example, a natural gum, agar, sodium alginate, pectin, methylcellulose, carboxymethylcellulose, saccharose, saccharose with glycerol, mannitol, sorbitol, and polyvinyl alcohol.
The dose range of the amphetamine prodrug for humans will depend on a number of factors including the age, weight, and condition of the patient. Tablets and other dosage forms provided in discrete units can contain a daily dose, or an appropriate fraction thereof, of one or more amphetamine prodrugs. The dosage form can contain a dose of about 2.5 mg to about 500 mg, about 10 mg to about 250 mg, about 10 mg to about 100 mg, about 25 mg to about 75 mg, or increments therein of one or more of the amphetamine prodrugs. In a preferred embodiment, the dosage form contains 30 mg, 50 mg, or 70 mg of an amphetamine prodrug.
The dosage form can utilize any one or any combination of known release profiles including, but not limited to immediate release, extended release, pulse release, variable release, controlled release, timed release, sustained release, delayed release, and long acting.
The pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can be administered in a partial, i.e., fractional dose, one or more times during a 24 hour period. Fractional, single, double, or other multiple doses can be taken simultaneously or at different times during a 24 hour period. The doses can be uneven doses with regard to one another or with regard to the individual components at different administration times. Preferably, a single dose is administered once daily. The dose can be administered in a fed or fasted state.
The dosage units of the pharmaceutical composition can be packaged according to market need, for example, as unit doses, rolls, bulk bottles, blister packs, and so forth. The pharmaceutical package, e.g., blister pack, can further include or be accompanied by indicia allowing individuals to identify the identity of the pharmaceutical composition, the prescribed indication (e.g., ADHD), and/or the time periods (e.g., time of day, day of the week, etc.) for administration. The blister pack or other pharmaceutical package can also include a second pharmaceutical product for combination therapy.
It will be appreciated that the pharmacological activity of the compositions of the invention can be demonstrated using standard pharmacological models that are known in the art. Furthermore, it will be appreciated that the inventive compositions can be incorporated or encapsulated in a suitable polymer matrix or membrane for site-specific delivery, or can be functionalized with specific targeting agents capable of effecting site specific delivery. These techniques, as well as other drug delivery techniques, are well known in the art.
Any feature of the above-describe embodiments can be used in combination with any other feature of the above-described embodiments.
In order to facilitate a more complete understanding of the invention, Examples are provided below. However, the scope of the invention is not limited to specific embodiments disclosed in these Examples, which are for purposes of illustration only.
The following abbreviations are used in the Examples and throughout the specification:
Throughout the Examples, unless otherwise specified, doses are described as the amount of d-amphetamine base. Exemplary conversions are provided in Table 2.
X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) Analyses
XRPD patterns were collected using a PANalytical X'Pert Pro diffractometer. The specimens were analyzed using Cu radiation produced using an Optix long fine-focus source. An alleptically graded multilayer mirror was used to focus the Cu K α X-rays of the source through the specimen and onto the detector. Each specimen was sandwiched between 3 μm thick films, analyzed in transmission geometry, and rotated to optimize orientation statistics. A beam-stop and helium purge was used to minimize the background generated by air scattering. Soller slits were used for the incident and diffracted beams to minimize axial divergence. Diffraction patterns were collected using a scanning position-sensitive detector (X-celerator) located 240 mm from the specimen. The data-acquisition parameters of each diffraction pattern are given in the respective examples, below. Prior to the analysis a silicon specimen (NIST standard reference material 640c) was analyzed to verify the position of the silicon 111 peak.
The XRPD pattern of lisdexamphetamine dimesylate was indexed using proprietary software—PatternMatch 2.4.0, provided by SSCI (West Lafayette, Ind.). The solution was further refined via Pawley refinement using DASH version 3.0, provided by Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (Cambridge, UK). The indexed solution was verified and illustrated using CheckCell version Nov. 1, 2004 (ccp14.ac.uk/tutorial/lmgp/index.html).
DSC was performed using a TA Instruments differential scanning calorimeter 2920 and Q2000. The respective sample was placed into an aluminum DSC pan, and the weight accurately recorded. The pan was covered with a lid and lift uncrimped. The sample cell was equilibrated at 25° C. and heated under a nitrogen purge at a rate of 10° C./min, up to a final temperature of 250° C. Indium metal was used as the calibration standard. Reported temperatures are at the transition maxima and peak onsets.
FT-Raman spectra were acquired on a FT-Raman 960 spectrometer (Thermo Nicolet, Woburn, Mass.). This spectrometer uses an excitation wavelength of 1064 nm. Approximately 0.5 W of Nd:YVO4 laser power was used to irradiate the respective sample. The Raman spectra were measured with a germanium (Ge) detector. The samples were prepared for analysis by placing the material in a glass tube and positioning the tube in a gold-coated tube holder in the accessory. A total of 256 sample scans were collected from 3600-100 cm−1 at a spectral resolution of 4 cm−1, using Happ-Genzel apodization. Wavelength calibration was performed using sulfur and cyclohexane.
Particle Size Determination
The micrometer bar size was established for both the SEM and light microscope(s) in standard resolution by comparison with a NIST traceable calibration standard. The software for each instrument then determines the size of each pixel in each image, and uses this information for comparison with objects shown in the photomicrograph. The comparison takes into account the magnification of the image and calculates the true size of the object, not the magnified size.
Peptide conjugates were synthesized by the general method described in
To a solution of a protected amino acid succinimidyl ester (2.0 eq) in 1,4-dioxane (30 mL) was added d-amphetamine sulfate (1.0 eq) and NMM (4.0 eq). The resulting mixture was allowed to stir for 20 h at 20° C. Water (10 mL) was added, and the solution was stirred for 10 minutes prior to removing solvents under reduced pressure. The crude product was dissolved in EtOAc (100 mL) and washed with 2% AcOHaq (3×100 mL), saturated NaHCO3 solution (2×50 mL), and brine (1×100 mL). The organic extract was dried over MgSO4, filtered, and evaporated to dryness to afford the protected amino acid amphetamine conjugate. This intermediate was directly deprotected by adding 4 N HCl in 1,4-dioxane (20 mL). The solution was stirred for 20 h at 25° C. The solvent was evaporated, and the product dried in vacuum to afford the corresponding amino acid amphetamine hydrochloride conjugate. The syntheses of exemplary single amino acid conjugates are depicted in
To a solution of a protected dipeptide succinimidyl ester (1.0 eq) in 1,4-dioxane was added amphetamine sulfate (2.0 eq) and NMM (4.0 eq). The resulting mixture was stirred for 20 h at 25° C. Solvents were removed under reduced pressure. Saturated NaHCO3 solution (20 mL) was added, and the suspension was stirred for 30 min. IPAC (100 mL) was added, and the organic layer was washed with 2% AcOHaq (3×100 mL) and brine (2×100 mL). The organic extract was dried over Na2SO4, and the solvent was evaporated to dryness to yield the protected dipeptide amphetamine conjugate. The protected dipeptide conjugate was directly deprotected by adding 4 N HCl in 1,4-dioxane (20 mL), and the solution stirred for 20 h at 25° C. The solvent was evaporated, and the product was dried in vacuum to afford the corresponding dipeptide amphetamine hydrochloride conjugate.
An amino acid conjugate was synthesized and deprotected according to the general procedure described above. To a solution of the amino acid amphetamine hydrochloride (1.0 eq) in dioxane (20 mL) was added NMM (5.0 eq) and a protected dipeptide succinate (1.05 eq). The solution was stirred for 20 h at 25° C. The solvent was removed under reduced pressure. Saturated NaHCO3 solution (20 mL) was added, and the suspension was stirred for 30 min IPAC (100 mL) was added, and the organic layer was washed with 2% AcOHaq (3×100 mL) and brine (2×100 mL). The organic extract was dried over Na2SO4, and the solvent was evaporated to dryness to yield the protected tripeptide amphetamine. Deprotection was directly carried out by adding 4 N HCl in 1,4-dioxane (20 mL). The mixture was stirred for 20 h at 25° C., the solvent was evaporated, and the product was dried in vacuum to afford the respective tripeptide amphetamine hydrochloride conjugate.
The hydrochloride conjugates required no further purification, but many of the deprotected hydrochloride salts were hygroscopic and required special handling during analysis and subsequent in vivo testing.
L-lysine-d-amphetamine was synthesized by the following methods.
a. Preparation of HCl Salt (see
To a solution of Boc-Lys(Boc)-OSu (15.58 g, 35.13 mmol) in dioxane (100 mL) under an inert atmosphere was added d-amphetamine free base (4.75 g, 35.13 mmol) and DIPEA (0.9 g, 1.22 mL, 7.03 mmol). The resulting mixture was allowed to stir at room temperature overnight. Solvent and excess base were then removed using reduced pressure evaporation. The crude product was dissolved in ethyl acetate and loaded on to a flash column (7 cm wide, filled to 24 cm with silica) and eluted with ethyl acetate. The product was isolated, the solvent reduced by rotary evaporation, and the purified protected amide was dried by high-vac to obtain a white solid. 1H NMR (DMSO-d6) δ 1.02-1.11 (m, 2H, Lys 7-CH2), δ 1.04 (d, 3H, Amp a-CH3), δ 1.22-1.43 (m, 4H, Lys-(3 and 8-CH2), δ 1.37 (18H, Boc, 6×CH3), δ 2.60-2.72 (2H, Amp CH2), δ 3.75-3.83, (m, 1H, Lys a-H) δ 3.9-4.1 (m, 1H, Amp α-H), δ 6.54-6.61 (d, 1H, amide NH), δ 6.7-6.77 (m, 1H, amide NH), δ 7.12-7.29 (m, 5H, ArH), δ 7.65-7.71 (m, 1, amide NH); mp=86-88° C.
The protected amide was dissolved in 50 mL of anhydrous dioxane and stirred while 50 mL (200 mmol) of 4M HCl/dioxane was added and stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvents were then reduced by rotary evaporation to afford a viscous oil. Addition of 100 mL MeOH followed by rotary evaporation resulted in a golden colored solid material that was further dried by storage at room temperature under high vacuum. 1H NMR (DMSO-d6) δ 0.86-1.16 (m, 2H, Lys 7-CH2), δ 1.1 (d, 3H, Amp a-CH3), δ 1.40-1.56 (m, 4H, Lys-β and δ-CH2), δ 2.54-2.78 (m, 2H, Amp CH2, 2H, Lys ε-CH2), 3.63-3.74 (m, 1H, Lys α-H), δ 4.00-4.08 (m, 1H, Amp α-H), δ 7.12-7.31 (m, 5H, Amp ArH), δ 8.13-8.33 (d, 3H, Lys amine) δ 8.70-8.78 (d, 1H, amide NH); mp=120-122° C.
b. Preparation of Mesylate Salt (and See
Similarly, the mesylate salt of the peptide conjugate can be prepared by using methanesulfonic acid in the deprotection step as described in further detail below.
A 72-L round-bottom reactor was equipped with a mechanical stirrer, digital thermocouple, and addition funnel and purged with nitrogen. The vessel was charged with Boc-Lys(Boc)-OSu (3.8 kg, 8.568 mol, 1.0 eq) and 1,4-dioxane (20.4 L), and the resulting turbid solution was stirred at 20±5° C. for 10 min To the mixture was added N-methylmorpholine (950 g, 9.39 mol, 1.09 eq) over a period of 1 min, and the mixture was stirred for 10 min. To the slightly turbid reaction mixture was then added a solution of dextro-amphetamine (1.753 kg, 12.96 mol, 1.51 eq) in 1,4-dioxane (2.9 L) over a period of 30 min, while cooling the reactor externally with an ice/water bath. The internal temperature was kept below 25° C. during the addition. At the end of the addition, a thick white precipitate appeared. The addition funnel was rinsed with 1,4-dioxane (2.9 L) into the reactor, and the reaction mixture was stirred at 22±3° C. TLC monitoring 30 min after completed addition showed no more remaining Boc-Lys(Boc)-Osu, and the reaction was quenched with DI H2O (10 L). The mixture was stirred for 1 h at ambient temperature and then concentrated under reduced pressure to afford a dense, white solid.
For the extractions, two solutions were prepared: an acetic acid/salt solution: NaCl (15 kg) and glacial acetic acid (2 kg) in DI H2O (61 L), and a bicarbonate solution: NaHCO3 (1.5 kg) in DI H2O (30 L).
The solid was re-dissolved in IPAC (38 L) and acetic acid/salt solution (39 kg) and transferred into a 150-L reactor. The layers were mixed for 10 min and then allowed to separate. The organic layer was drained and washed with another portion (39 kg) of acetic acid/salt solution, followed by a wash with bicarbonate solution (31.5 kg). All phase separations occurred within 5 min To the organic solution was then added silica-gel (3.8 kg; Silica-gel 60). The resulting slurry was stirred for 45 min and then filtered through filter paper. The filter-cake was washed with IPAC (5×7.6 L). The filtrate and washes were analyzed by TLC, and it was determined that all contained product. The filtrate and washes were combined and concentrated under reduced pressure to afford the crude product as a white solid.
A 45-L carboy was charged with di-Boc-Lys-Amp (3.63 kg, 7.829 mol) and 1,4-dioxane (30.8 L, 8.5 vol), and the mixture was stirred rapidly under nitrogen for 30 min. The resulting solution was filtered, and the filter-cake was rinsed with 1,4-dioxane (2×1.8 L).
The filtrates were then transferred into a 72-L round-bottom flask, which was equipped with a mechanical stirrer, digital thermocouple, nitrogen inlet and outlet, and 5 L addition funnel. The temperature of the reaction mixture was regulated at 21±3° C. with a water bath. To the clear, slightly yellow solution was added methanesulfonic acid (3.762 kg, 39.15 mol, 5 eq) over a period of 1 h while keeping the internal temperature at 21±3° C. Approximately 1 h after completed addition, a white precipitate started to appear. The mixture was stirred at ambient temperature for 20.5 h, after which HPLC monitoring showed the disappearance of all starting material. The mixture was filtered through filter-paper, and the reaction vessel was rinsed with 1,4-dioxane (3.6 L, 1 vol). The filter-cake was washed with dioxane (3×3.6 L) and dried with a rubber dam for 1 h. The material was then transferred to drying trays and dried in a vacuum oven at 55° C. for ˜90 h. This afforded Lys-Amp dimesylate [3.275 kg, 91.8% yield; >99% (AUC)] as a white solid.
Ser-Amp was synthesized by a similar method (see
Phe-Amp was synthesized by a similar method (see
Phe-Amp hydrochloride: hygroscopic; 1H NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6): δ 8.82 (d, J=8.0 Hz, 1H), 8.34 (bs, 3H), 7.29-7.11 (m, 10H), 3.99 (m, 2H), 2.99 (dd, J=13.6, 6.2 Hz, 1H), 2.88 (dd, J=13.6, 7.2 Hz, 1H), 2.64 (dd, J=13.2, 7.6 Hz, 1H), 2.53 (m, 1H), 1.07 (d, J=6.4 Hz, 3H); 13C NMR (100 MHz, DMSO-d6): δ 167.31, 139.27, 135.49, 130.05, 129.66, 128.78, 128.61, 127.40, 126.60, 53.83, 47.04, 42.15, 37.27, 20.54; HRMS: (ESI) for C18H23N2O (M+H)+: calcd, 283.1810: found, 283.1806.
Gly3-Amp was synthesized by a similar method (see
Gly3-Amp hydrochloride: mp 212-214° C.; 1H NMR (400 MHz, DMSO-d6) δ 7.28 (m, 5H), 3.96 (m, 1H), 3.86 (m, 2H), 3.66 (m, 4H), 2.76 (m, 1H), 2.75 (m, 1H), 1.02 (d, J=6.8 Hz, 3H); 13C NMR (100 MHz, DMSO-d6) δ 168.91, 168.14, 166.85, 139.45, 129.60, 128.60, 126.48, 46.60, 42.27, 20.30. HRMS: (ESI) for C15H22N4O3Na (M+Na)+: calcd, 329.1590: found, 329.1590.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage L-lysine-d-amphetamine diHCl or d-amphetamine sulfate. In all studies, doses contained equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine base. Plasma d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by ELISA (Amphetamine Ultra, 109319, Neogen, Corporation, Lexington, Ky.). The assay is specific for d-amphetamine with only minimal reactivity (0.6%) of the major d-amphetamine metabolite (para-hydroxy-d-amphetamine) occurring. L-lysine-d-amphetamine diHCl was also determined to be essentially unreactive in the ELISA (<1%).
Mean (n=4) plasma concentration curves of d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine diHCl are shown in
This example illustrates that when lysine is conjugated to the active agent amphetamine, the peak levels of amphetamine are decreased while bioavailability is maintained approximately equal to amphetamine. The bioavailability of amphetamine released from L-lysine-d-amphetamine is similar to that of amphetamine sulfate at the equivalent dose; thus L-lysine-d-amphetamine maintains its therapeutic value. The gradual release of amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine and decrease in peak levels reduce the possibility of overdose.
a. Doses Approximating Therapeutic Human Doses (1.5, 3, and 6 mg/kg)
Mean (n=4) plasma concentration curves of d-amphetamine vs. L-lysine-d-amphetamine are shown for rats orally administered 1.5, 3, and 6 mg/kg in
b. Increased Doses (12, 30, and 60 mg/kg)
Mean (n=4) plasma concentration curves of d-amphetamine vs. L-lysine-d-amphetamine are shown for rats orally administered 12, 30, and 60 mg/kg. At these higher doses, the bioavailability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine was markedly decreased as compared to d-amphetamine.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage with 1.5, 3, 6, 12, and 60 mg/kg of amphetamine sulfate or L-lysine-d-amphetamine containing the equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine. Concentrations of d-amphetamine were measured by ELISA.
It has been demonstrated that when lysine is conjugated to the active agent d-amphetamine, the levels of d-amphetamine at 30 minutes post-administration are decreased by approximately 50% over a dosage range of 1.5 to 12 mg/kg. However, when a suprapharmacological dose (60 mg/kg) is given, the levels of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine only reached 8% of those seen for d-amphetamine sulfate (See Table 14, Table 15, and
An additional oral PK study illustrated in
Doses of an extended release formulation of d-amphetamine sulfate (Dexedrine Spansule® capsules, GlaxoSmithKline) were orally administered to rats as intact capsules or as crushed capsules and compared to a dose of L-lysine-d-amphetamine containing an equivalent amount of d-amphetamine base (
This example illustrates the advantage of the invention over conventional controlled release formulations of d-amphetamine.
a. Intranasal (IN) Bioavailability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine hydrochloride
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed by intranasal administration with 3 mg/kg of amphetamine sulfate or L-lysine-d-amphetamine hydrochloride containing the equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine. L-lysine-d-amphetamine did not release any significant amount of d-amphetamine into circulation by IN administration. Mean (n=4) plasma amphetamine concentration curves of amphetamine vs. L-lysine-d-amphetamine are shown in
b. Intranasal Bioavailability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate
The process of part a was repeated using L-lysine-d-amphetamine mesylate salt:
This example illustrates that when lysine is conjugated to the active agent d-amphetamine, the bioavailability by the intranasal route is substantially decreased, thereby diminishing the ability to abuse the drug by this route.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed by intravenous tail vein injection with 1.5 mg/kg of d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine containing the equivalent amount of amphetamine. As observed with IN dosing, the conjugate did not release a significant amount of d-amphetamine. Mean (n=4) plasma concentration curves of amphetamine vs. L-lysine-d-amphetamine are shown in
This example illustrates that when lysine is conjugated to the active agent amphetamine, the bioavailability of amphetamine by the intravenous route is substantially decreased, thereby diminishing the ability to abuse the drug by this route.
The fraction of intact L-lysine-d-amphetamine absorbed following oral administration in rats increased non-linearly in proportion to escalating doses from 1.5 to 12 mg/kg (
The bioavailability (AUC) of d-amphetamine from each drug administered was approximately equivalent at low doses. Tmax for d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine ranged from 1.5 to 5 hours as compared to 0.5 to 1.5 following administration of d-amphetamine sulfate. The difference in Tmax was greater at higher doses. Cmax of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine was reduced by approximately half as compared to the Cmax of d-amphetamine from d-amphetamine sulfate administration at doses of 1.5 to 6 mg/kg, doses approximating therapeutic human equivalent doses (HEDs). Thus, at therapeutic doses, the pharmacokinetics of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine resembled that of a sustained release formulation.
HEDs are defined as the equivalent dose for a 60 kg person in accordance to the body surface area of the animal model. The adjustment factor for rats is 6.2. The HED for a rat dose of 1.5 mg/kg of d-amphetamine, for example, is equivalent to 1.5/6.2×60=14.52 d-amphetamine base; which is equivalent to 14.52/0.7284=19.9 mg d-amphetamine sulfate, when adjusted for the salt content.
At suprapharmacological doses (12 and 60 mg/kg), Cmax was reduced by 73 and 84 percent, respectively, as compared to d-amphetamine sulfate. For these high doses, the AUCs for d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine were substantially decreased compared to those of d-amphetamine sulfate, with the AUCinf reduced by 76% at the highest dose (60 mg/kg). At 60 mg/kg, the levels of d-amphetamine from d-amphetamine sulfate spiked rapidly; the experimental time course could not be completed due to extreme hyperactivity necessitating humane euthanasia.
In summary, oral bioavailability of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine decreased to some degree at higher doses. However, pharmacokinetics with respect to dose were nearly linear for L-lysine-d-amphetamine at doses from 1.5 to 60 mg/kg with the fraction absorbed ranging from 52 to 81 percent (extrapolated from 1.5 mg/kg dose). Pharmacokinetics of d-amphetamine sulfate was also nearly linear at lower doses of 1.5 to 6 mg/kg with the fraction absorbed ranging from 62 to 84 percent. In contrast to L-lysine-d-amphetamine, however, parameters were disproportionately increased at higher doses for d-amphetamine sulfate with the fraction absorbed calculated as 101 and 223 percent (extrapolated from 1.5 mg/kg dose), respectively, for the suprapharmacological doses of 12 and 60 mg/kg.
The results suggest that the capacity for clearance of d-amphetamine when delivered as the sulfate salt becomes saturated at the higher doses whereas the gradual hydrolysis of L-lysine-d-amphetamine precludes saturation of d-amphetamine elimination at higher doses. The difference in proportionality of dose to bioavailability (Cmax and AUC) for d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine is illustrated in
As shown in
As shown in
The following tables summarize the bioavailability data collected in the experiments discussed in Examples 13-15. Table 24, Table 25, and Table 26 summarize the pharmacokinetic parameters of d-amphetamine following oral, intranasal, and intravenous administration, respectively, of d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine.
Table 27, Table 28, and Table 29 summarize the pharmacokinetic parameters of L-lysine-d-amphetamine following oral, intravenous, and intranasal administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine.
Table 30 and Table 31 summarize the percent bioavailability of d-amphetamine following oral, intranasal, and intravenous administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine as compared to d-amphetamine sulfate.
Table 32-Table 37 summarize the time-course concentrations of d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine following oral, intranasal, and intravenous administration of d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine.
Example Experimental Design:
This was a non-randomized, two-treatment crossover study. All animals were maintained on their normal diet and were fasted overnight prior to each dose administration. L-lysine-d-amphetamine dose was based on the body weight measured on the morning of each dosing day. The actual dose delivered was based on syringe weight before and after dosing. Serial blood samples were obtained from each animal by direct venipuncture of a jugular vein using vacutainer tubes containing sodium heparin as the anticoagulant. Derived plasma samples were stored frozen until shipment to Quest Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (Newark, Del.). Pharmacokinetic analysis of the plasma assay results was conducted by Calvert. Animals were treated as follows:
Administration of the Test Article:
Oral: The test article was administered to each animal via a single oral gavage. On Day 1, animals received the oral dose by gavage using an esophageal tube attached to a syringe. Dosing tubes were flushed with approximately 20 mL tap water to ensure the required dosing solution was delivered.
Intravenous: On Day 8, animals received L-lysine-d-amphetamine as a single 30-minute intravenous infusion into a cephalic vein.
Dosing Formulations: Post-dosing, remaining dosing formulation was saved and stored frozen.
Blood: Serial blood samples (2 mL) were collected using venipuncture tubes containing sodium heparin. Blood samples were taken at 0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, and 72 hours post-oral dosing. Blood samples were collected at 0, 0.167, 0.33, 0.49 (prior to stop of infusion), 0.583, 0.667, 0.75, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, and 23 hours post-intravenous infusion start. Collected blood samples were chilled immediately.
Plasma: Plasma samples were obtained by centrifugation of blood samples. Duplicate plasma samples (about 0.2 mL each) were transferred into prelabeled plastic vials and stored frozen at approximately −70° C.
Plasma samples were analyzed for L-lysine-d-amphetamine and d-amphetamine using a validated LC-MS/MS method with an LLOQ of 1 ng/mL for both analytes.
Microsoft Excel (Version 6, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.) was used for calculation of mean plasma concentration and graphing of the plasma concentration-time data. Pharmacokinetic analysis (non-compartmental) was performed using the WinNonlin® software program (Version 4.1, Pharsight, Inc. Mountain View, Calif.). The maximum concentration (Cmax) and the time to Cmax (Tmax) were observed values. The area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) was determined using linear-log trapezoidal rules. The apparent terminal rate constant (λz) was derived using linear least-squares regression with visual inspection of the data to determine the appropriate number of points (minimum of 3 data points) for calculating λz. The AUC0-inf was calculated as the sum of AUC0-t and Cpred/λz, where Cpred was the predicted concentration at the time of the last quantifiable concentration. The plasma clearance (CL/F) was determined as the ratio of Dose/AUC0-inf. The mean residence time (MRT) was calculated as the ratio of AUMC0-inf/AUC0-inf, where AUMC0-inf was the area under the first moment curve from the time zero to infinity. The volume of distribution at steady state (Vss) was estimated as CL*MRT. Half-life was calculated as ln 2/λz. The oral bioavailability (F) was calculated as the ratio of AUC0-inf following oral dosing to AUC0-inf following intravenous dosing. Descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) of the pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated using Microsoft Excel.
The objectives of this study were to characterize the pharmacokinetics of L-lysine-d-amphetamine and d-amphetamine following administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine in male beagle dogs. As shown in
The mean L-lysine-d-amphetamine and d-amphetamine plasma concentration-time profiles following an intravenous or oral dose of L-lysine-d-amphetamine are presented in
Following a 30-minute intravenous infusion of L-lysine-d-amphetamine, the plasma concentration reached a peak at the end of the infusion. Post-infusion L-lysine-d-amphetamine concentration declined very rapidly in a biexponential manner, and fell below the quantifiable limit (1 ng/mL) by approximately 8 hours post-dose. Results of non-compartmental pharmacokinetic analysis indicate that L-lysine-d-amphetamine is a high clearance compound with a moderate volume of distribution (Vss) approximating total body water (0.7 L/kg). The mean clearance value was 2087 mL/h kg (34.8 mL/min kg) and was similar to the hepatic blood flow in the dog (40 mL/min kg).
L-lysine-d-amphetamine was rapidly absorbed after oral administration with Tmax at 0.5 hours in all three dogs. Mean absolute oral bioavailability was 33%, which suggests that L-lysine-d-amphetamine is very well absorbed in the dog. The apparent terminal half-life was 0.39 hours, indicating rapid elimination, as observed following intravenous administration.
Plasma concentration-time profiles of d-amphetamine following intravenous or oral administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine were similar. See Table 39. At a 1 mg/kg oral dose of L-lysine-d-amphetamine, the mean Cmax of d-amphetamine was 104.3 ng/mL. The half-life of d-amphetamine was 3.1 to 3.5 hours, much longer when compared to L-lysine-d-amphetamine.
In this study, L-lysine-d-amphetamine was infused over a 30 minute time period. Due to rapid clearance of L-lysine-d-amphetamine it is likely that bioavailability of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine would decrease if a similar dose were given by intravenous bolus injection. Even when given as an infusion the bioavailability of d-amphetamine from L-lysine-d-amphetamine did not exceed that of a similar dose given orally and the time to peak concentration was substantially delayed. This data further supports that L-lysine-d-amphetamine affords a decrease in the abuse liability of d-amphetamine by intravenous injection.
Systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) are increased by d-amphetamine even at therapeutic doses. Since L-lysine-d-amphetamine is expected to release d-amphetamine (albeit slowly) as a result of systemic metabolism, a preliminary study was done using equimolar doses of d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine to 4 dogs (2 male and 2 female). The results suggest that the amide prodrug is inactive and that slow release of some d-amphetamine, occurs beginning 20 minutes after the first dose. Relative to d-amphetamine, however, the effects are less robust. For example, the mean blood pressure is graphed in
By contrast, L-lysine-d-amphetamine produced very little change in mean BP until approximately 30 minutes after injection. At that time, pressure increased by about 20-50%. Continuous release of d-amphetamine is probably responsible for the slow and steady increase in blood pressure over the remaining course of the experiment. Upon subsequent injections, d-amphetamine is seen to repeat its effect in a non-dose dependent fashion. That is, increasing dose 10-fold from the first injection produced a rise to the same maximum pressure. This may reflect the state of catecholamine levels in nerve terminals upon successive stimulation of d-amphetamine bolus injections. Note that the rise in mean blood pressure seen after successive doses of L-lysine-d-amphetamine (
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage with 6 mg/kg of amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine containing the equivalent amount of d-amphetamine. Horizontal locomotor activity (HLA) was recorded during the light cycle using photocell activity chambers (San Diego Instruments). Total counts were recorded every 12 minutes for the duration of the test. Rats were monitored in three separate experiments for 5, 8, and 12 hours, respectively. Time vs. HLA counts for d-amphetamine vs. L-lysine-d-amphetamine is shown in
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed by intranasal administration with d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine (1.0 mg/kg). In a second set of similarly dosed animals, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) was added to the drug solutions at a concentration of 62.6 mg/ml (approximately 2-fold higher than the concentration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine and 5-fold higher than the d-amphetamine content). The CMC drug mixtures were suspended thoroughly before each dose was delivered. Locomotor activity was monitored using the procedure described in Example 18. As shown in
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed by intravenous administration with d-amphetamine or L-lysine-d-amphetamine (1.0 mg/kg). The activity expressed as total activity counts over a three hour period of time is shown in
Three male and three female Sprague Dawley rats per group were given a single oral administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine at 0.1, 1.0, 10, 60, 100, or 1000 mg/kg (Table 53). Each animal was observed for signs of toxicity and death on Days 1-7 (with Day 1 being the day of the dose), and one rat/sex/group was necropsied upon death (scheduled or unscheduled).
Key observations of this study include:
Animals were observed for signs of toxicity at 1, 2, and 4 h post-dose, and once daily for 7 days after dosing and cage-side observations were recorded. Animals found dead, or sacrificed moribund were necropsied and discarded.
Cage-side observations and gross necropsy findings are summarized above. The oral LD50 of d-amphetamine sulfate is 96.8 mg/kg. For L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, although the data are not sufficient to establish a lethal dose, the study indicates that the lethal oral dose of L-lysine-d-amphetamine is above 1000 mg/kg because only one death occurred out of a group of six animals. Although a second animal in this dose group was euthanatized on Day 3, it was done for humane reasons and it was felt that this animal would have fully recovered. Observations suggested drug-induced stress in Groups 4-6 that is characteristic of amphetamine toxicity (NTP, 1990; NIOSH REGISTRY NUMBER: SI1750000; Goodman et. al., 1985). All animals showed no abnormal signs on Days 4-7 suggesting full recovery at each treatment level.
The lack of data to support an established lethal dose is believed to be due to a putative protective effect of conjugating amphetamine with lysine. Intact L-lysine-d-amphetamine has been shown to be inactive, but becomes active upon metabolism into the unconjugated form (d-amphetamine). Thus, at high doses, saturation of metabolism of L-lysine-d-amphetamine into the unconjugated form may explain the lack of observed toxicity, which was expected at doses greater than 100 mg/kg, which is consistent with d-amphetamine sulfate (NTP, 1990). The formation rate of d-amphetamine and the extent of the formation of amphetamine may both attribute to the reduced toxicity. Alternatively, oral absorption of L-lysine-d-amphetamine may also be saturated at such high concentrations, which may suggest low toxicity due to limited bioavailability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine.
It was anticipated that the acylation of amphetamine, as in the amino acid conjugates discussed here, would significantly reduce the stimulant activity of the parent drug. For example, Marvola (1976) showed that N-acetylation of amphetamine completely abolished the locomotor activity increasing effects in mice. To confirm that the conjugate was not directly acting as a stimulant, we tested (NovaScreen, Hanover, Md.) the specific binding of Lys-Amp (10−9 to 10−5 M) to human recombinant dopamine and norepinephrine transport binding sites using standard radioligand binding assays. The results (Table 54) indicate that the Lys-Amp did not bind to these sites. It seems unlikely that the conjugate retains stimulant activity in light of these results. (Marvola M. (1976) “Effect of acetylated derivatives of some sympathomimetic amines on the acute toxicity, locomotor activity and barbiturate anesthesia time in mice.” Acta Pharmacol Toxicol (Copenh) 38(5): 474-89).
“Kitchen tests” were performed in anticipation of attempts by illicit chemists to release free amphetamine from the amphetamine conjugate. Preferred amphetamine conjugates are resistant to such attempts. Initial kitchen tests assessed the amphetamine conjugates' resistance to water, acid (vinegar), and base (baking powder and baking soda) where in each case, the sample was heated to boiling for 20-60 minutes. L-lysine-d-amphetamine and GGG-Amp released no detectable free amphetamine.
Amphetamine conjugate stability was assessed under concentrated conditions, including concentrated HCl and in 10 N NaOH solution at elevated temperatures. Lys-Amp stock solutions were prepared in H2O and diluted 10-fold with concentrated HCl to a final concentration of 0.4 mg/mL and a final volume of 1.5 mL. Samples were heated in a water bath to about 90° C. for 1 hour, cooled to 20° C., neutralized, and analyzed by HPLC for free d-amphetamine. The results suggest that only a minimal amount of d-amphetamine is released under these concentrated conditions.
Amphetamine conjugate stability was assessed under acidic conditions.
At ambient temperature, only a limited amount of d-amphetamine was released. At 90° C., only a limited amount of d-amphetamine was released, but the decomposition of L-lysine-d-amphetamine was more pronounced. This suggested that the amide bond is stable, and that the conjugate usually degrades before an appreciable amount is hydrolyzed. At reflux conditions, concentrated hydrochloric acid and 50% sulfuric acid released 85% and 59%, respectively, of the d-amphetamine content, but rendered the drug in undesirable acidic solution. The process for recovering d-amphetamine from the acidic solution further reduces the yield.
In a similar test, reflux in concentrated HCl resulted in some hydrolysis after 5 hours (28%) with further hydrolysis occurring after 22 hours (76%). Reflux in concentrated H2SO4 for 2 hours resulted in complete decomposition of Lys-Amp and potentially released d-amphetamine. As described above, recovery of d-amphetamine from the acidic solution would further reduce the yield.
Amphetamine conjugate stability was also assessed under basic conditions, including variable concentrations of sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, sodium carbonate, ammonium hydroxide, diethyl amine, and triethyl amine. The maximum d-amphetamine release was 25.4% obtained by 3M sodium hydroxide; all other basic conditions resulted in a release of less than 3%.
The stability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate was assessed under treatment commercially available acids, bases, and enzyme cocktails. For acids and bases (Table 59), 10 mg of Lys-Amp was mixed with 2 mL of each stock solution, and the solution was shaken at 20° C. For enzyme treatment (Table 60), 10 mg Lys-Amp was mixed with 5 mL of each enzyme cocktail, and the solution was shaken at 37° C. Each aliquot (0, 1, and 24 h) was neutralized and filtered prior to analysis by HPLC. Many of the commercially available reagents also contained various solvents and/or surfactants.
Unless otherwise indicated, solutions were used directly from the container and were combined with neat Lys-Amp solid. Lewis Red Devil® Lye, Enforcer Drain Care® Septic Treatment, and Rid-X® Septic Treatment were prepared as saturated solutions in H2O. Enzymes used were purchased from Sigma and directly dissolved in water (3 mg/mL pepsin, 10 mg/mL pancreatin, 3 mg/mL pronase, 3 mg/mL esterase), while enzyme-containing nutraceuticals such as Omnigest® and VitälZym® were first either crushed or opened (1 tablet or capsule per 5 mL of H2O).
The commercial acids and bases were ineffective in hydrolyzing Lys-Amp. Only treatment with Miracle-Gro® (7% release) and Olympic® Deck Cleaner (4% release) showed any release, but even after 24 hours, the amount of d-amphetamine was negligible. Among the enzyme products, only pure esterase (19% release) or pronase (24% release) mixtures successfully cleaved lysine (after 24 hours).
Oral administration: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage with amphetamine or amino acid-amphetamine conjugates containing the equivalent amount of amphetamine.
Intranasal administration: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed by intranasal administration with amphetamine or lysine-amphetamine (1.8 mg/kg).
The relative in vivo performance of various amino acid-amphetamine compounds is shown in
Several single amino acid amphetamine conjugates had comparable oral bioavailability (80-100%) to d-amphetamine. Lys, Gly, and Phe conjugates, for example, all demonstrated similar oral bioavailability to the parent drug. Dipeptide prodrugs generally showed lower bioavailability than the respective amino acid analogs, and tripeptide compounds displayed no discernable trend. Several amino acid amphetamine conjugates had decreased parenteral bioavailability. Preferred conjugates, such as Lys-Amp, exhibit both oral bioavailability comparable to d-amphetamine and decreased parenteral bioavailability compared to d-amphetamine.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage with amphetamine conjugate or d-amphetamine sulfate. All doses contained equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine base. Plasma d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by ELISA (Amphetamine Ultra, 109319, Neogen, Corporation, Lexington, Ky.). The assay is specific for d-amphetamine with only minimal reactivity (0.6%) of the major d-amphetamine metabolite (para-hydroxy-d-amphetamine) occurring. Plasma d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by LC/MS/MS where indicated in examples.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum and doses were administered by placing 0.02 ml of water containing amphetamine conjugate or d-amphetamine sulfate into the nasal flares. All doses contained equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine base. Plasma d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by ELISA (Amphetamine Ultra, 109319, Neogen, Corporation, Lexington, Ky.). The assay is specific for d-amphetamine with only minimal reactivity (0.6%) of the major d-amphetamine metabolite (para-hydroxy-d-amphetamine) occurring. Plasma d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by LC/MS/MS where indicated in examples.
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, and doses were administered by intravenous tail vein injection of 0.1 ml of water containing amphetamine conjugate or d-amphetamine sulfate. All doses contained equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine base. Plasma d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by ELISA (Amphetamine Ultra, 109319, Neogen, Corporation, Lexington, Ky.). The assay is specific for d-amphetamine with only minimal reactivity (0.6%) of the major d-amphetamine metabolite (para-hydroxy-d-amphetamine) occurring. Plasma d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine concentrations were measured by LC/MS/MS where indicated in examples.
The above examples demonstrate the use of an amphetamine conjugated to a chemical moiety, such as an amino acid, which is useful in reducing the potential for overdose while maintaining its therapeutic value. The effectiveness of binding amphetamine to a chemical moiety was demonstrated through the attachment of amphetamine to lysine (K), however, the above examples are meant to be illustrative only. The attachment of amphetamine to any variety of chemical moieties (i.e., peptides, glycopeptides, carbohydrates, nucleosides, or vitamins) as described below through similar procedures using the following exemplary starting materials.
Synthesis of Gly2-Amp
Synthesis of Glu2-Phe-Amp
Synthesis of His-Amp
Synthesis of Lys-Gly-Amp
Synthesis of Lys-Glu-Amp
Synthesis of Glu-Amp
Synthesis of (d)-Lys-(l)-Lys-Amp
Synthesis of Gulonic acid-Amp
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were provided water ad libitum, fasted overnight, and dosed by oral gavage with L-lysine-d-amphetamine or d-amphetamine sulfate. All doses contained equivalent amounts of d-amphetamine base. As shown in
A gelatin capsule dosage form was prepared in three dosage strengths. The hard gelatin capsules were printed with NRP104 and the dosage strength. The capsule fill contains a white to off-white finely divided powder uniform in appearance.
Other diluents, disintegrants, lubricants, and colorants, etc. may be used. Also, a particular ingredient can be used to serve a different function than those listed above.
The pharmaceutical composition was prepared by milling de-lumped L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate (size 20 mesh) with microcrystalline cellulose. The mixture was sieved through a 30 mesh screen and then mixed with croscarmellose sodium. Pre-screened magnesium stearate (size 30 mesh) was added, and the composition was mixed until uniform to form the capsule fill.
In this open-label, single-arm study, healthy adults between the ages of 18 to 55 years were administered 70 mg of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate with 8 ounces of water once daily (7 am) for 7 consecutive days. Patients fasted for at least 10 hours before and 4 hours after final dosing. Venous blood samples (7 mL) were drawn into EDTA vacutainers both before medication dosing on days 0, 1, 6, and 7 (in the morning) and at 16 time points (hours 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24, 48, and 72) after final dosing on day 7. Immediately after sample collection, vacutainer tubes were centrifuged at 3000 rpm at 4° C. for 10 minutes; within 1 hour of collection, they were stored at −20° C. Plasma samples were analyzed for L-lysine-d-amphetamine and d-amphetamine using a validated LC/MS/MS method.
By dose 5, d-amphetamine reached steady state. After dose 7, mean AUC0-24 was 1113 ng·h/mL, mean AUC0-∞ was 1453 ng·h/mL, mean Cmax was 90.1 ng·h/mL, and mean Tmax was 3.68 hours. See Table 63 and
Intact L-lysine-d-amphetamine was rapidly converted to d-amphetamine. After dose 7, mean AUC0-24 was 60.66 ng·h/mL, and mean AUC0-∞ was 61.06 ng·h/mL. See Table 63 and
The results also indicate that 1-lysine-d-amphetamine administration leads to a decrease in patient to patient variability of amphetamine levels (see the lower CV values for the L-lysine-d-amphetamine conjugate as compared to d-amphetamine).
There were no gender differences in systemic exposure to d-amphetamine, though Cmax was 12% higher in men after normalization by body weight.
The multidose pharmacokinetic profile of d-amphetamine released from the prodrug L-lysine-d-amphetamine is consistent with extended-release properties. The adverse events that occurred in this setting are consistent with other stimulants and suggest that suggest that L-lysine-d-amphetamine 70 mg is well tolerated.
A clinical evaluation of the pharmacokinetics and oral bioavailability of L-lysine-d-amphetamine in humans was conducted. L-lysine-d-amphetamine was orally administered at doses approximating the lower (25 mg) and higher (75 mg) end of the therapeutic range based on d-amphetamine base content of the doses. Additionally, the higher dose was compared to doses of Adderall XR® (Shire) or Dexedrine Spansule® (GlaxoSmithKline) containing equivalent amphetamine base to that of the higher L-lysine-d-amphetamine dose. Treatment groups and doses are summarized in Table 64. All levels below limit quantifiable (blq<0.5 ng/mL) were treated as zero for purposes of pharmacokinetic analysis.
The concentrations of d-amphetamine and L-lysine-d-amphetamine intact conjugate following administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine at the low and high dose for each individual subject as well as pharmacokinetic parameters are presented in Table 65-Table 70. The concentrations of d-amphetamine following administration of Adderall XR® or Dexedrine Spansule® for each individual subject as well as pharmacokinetic parameters are presented in Table 69 and Table 70, respectively. Concentration-time curves showing L-lysine-d-amphetamine intact conjugate and d-amphetamine are presented in
In a cross-over design (identical subjects received Adderall XR® doses following a 7-day washout period), the higher L-lysine-d-amphetamine dose was compared to an equivalent dose of Adderall XR®. Adderall XR® is a once-daily extended release treatment for ADHD that contains a mixture of d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine salts (equal amounts of d-amphetamine sulfate, d-/l-amphetamine sulfate, d-amphetamine saccharate, and d-/l-amphetamine aspartate). An equivalent dose of extended release Dexedrine Spansule® (contains extended release formulation of d-amphetamine sulfate) was also included in the study. As observed in pharmacokinetic studies in rats, oral administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine resulted in d-amphetamine concentration-time curves similar to those of Adderall XR® and Dexedrine Spansule® (
In pediatric patients (6-12 yrs) with ADHD, the Tmax of d-amphetamine was approximately 3.5 hours following single-dose oral administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate either 30 mg, 50 mg, or 70 mg after a 8-hour overnight fast. See
There is no unexpected accumulation of d-amphetamine at steady state in children with ADHD and no accumulation of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate after once-daily dosing for 7 consecutive days.
Food does not affect the extent of absorption of d-amphetamine in healthy adults after single-dose oral administration of 70 mg of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate capsules but delays Tmax by approximately 1 hour (from 3.78 hrs at fasted state to 4.72 hrs after a high fat meal). After an 8-hour fast, the extent of absorption of d-amphetamine following oral administration of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate in solution and as intact capsules was equivalent.
There were no apparent differences between males and females in exposure as measured by dose-normalized Cmax and AUC although the range of values in children was higher than that in adults. This is a consequence of the significant correlation between dose-normalized Cmax and AUC and body weight and thus the differences are due to the higher doses in mg/kg administered to children. There were no apparent differences in t1/2 between male and female subjects nor were there any apparent relationships between t1/2 and either age or body weight.
Exemplary results of clinical pharmacokinetic evaluation are presented in
The efficacy of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate was established in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study conducted in children aged 6-12 (N=290) who met DSM-IV criteria for ADHD (either the combined type or the hyperactive-impulsive type). Patients were randomized to fixed dose treatment groups receiving final doses of 30, 50, or 70 mg of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate or placebo once daily in the morning for four weeks. For patients randomized to 50 and 70 mg L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, dosage was increased by forced titration. Significant improvements in the signs and symptoms of ADHD, as rated by investigators (ADHD Rating Scale; ADHD-RS) and parents (Connor's Parent Rating Scale; CPRS), were demonstrated for all L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate doses compared to placebo, for all four weeks, including the first week of treatment, when all L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate patients were receiving a dose of 30 mg/day. Additional dose-responsive improvement was demonstrated in the 50 and 70 mg groups, respectively. L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate-treated patients showed significant improvements, as measured by CPRS scores, in the morning (˜10 am), afternoon (˜2 pm), and evening (˜6 pm) compared with placebo-treated patients, demonstrating effectiveness throughout the day. The results of the primary efficacy analysis, ADHD-RS total score change from baseline to endpoint for the ITT population, are shown in
Efficacy was also measured by the SKAMP score. A total of 52 children ages 6 to 12 who met DSM-IV criteria for ADHD (either the combined type or the hyperactive-impulsive type) were enrolled in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover study. Patients were randomized to receive fixed and optimal doses of L-lysine-d-amphetamine (30, 50, 70 mg), Adderall XR® (10, 20, or 30 mg), or placebo once daily in the morning for 1 week each treatment. The primary efficacy endpoint in this study was SKAMP-Deportment score (Swanson, Kotkin, Agler, M. Flynn and Pelham rating scale). Both L-lysine-d-amphetamine and Adderall XR® were highly effective compared to placebo. The significant effects of L-lysine-d-amphetamine occurred within 2 hours post morning dose and continued throughout the last assessment time point, 12 hours post morning dose, compared to placebo, yielding a 12-hour duration of action. See
L-lysine-d-amphetamine 50 mg, d-amphetamine 20 mg, and placebo were given intravenously over 2 minutes at 48 hour intervals to 9 stimulant abusers in a double blind crossover design to assess abuse liability. Drugs were given according to 3×3 balanced latin squares. Each dosing day, vital sign measures and subjective and behavioral effects were assessed with questionnaires before dosing and at 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16 and 24 hours after dosing. At these times and at 5 minutes, a blood sample (5 ml) was taken for d-amphetamine levels.
For d-amphetamine, mean peak plasma level of 77.7 ng/ml of d-amphetamine occurred at 5 minutes and then rapidly subsided. Administration of d-amphetamine produced expected d-amphetamine-like effects with mean peak responses at 15 minutes. The mean maximum response to d-amphetamine on the primary variable of Subject Liking VAS was significantly greater than placebo (p=0.01).
For L-lysine-d-amphetamine, mean peak plasma level of 33.8 ng/ml of d-amphetamine occurred at 3 hours and remained at this level through the 4 hour observation. L-lysine-d-amphetamine produced d-amphetamine-like subjective, behavioral, and vital sign effects with mean peak responses at 1 to 3 hours. For the primary variable of Subject Liking VAS, the response was not greater than placebo (p=0.29). Changes in blood pressure following L-lysine-d-amphetamine were significant.
At the end of the study, subjects were asked which treatment they would take again. Six subjects chose d-amphetamine 20 mg, two subjects chose none of the treatments, and one subject chose L-lysine-d-amphetamine 50 mg. In summary, L-lysine-d-amphetamine 50 mg did not produce euphoria or amphetamine-like subjective effects although there were late occurring blood pressure increases. The findings suggest that L-lysine-d-amphetamine itself is inactive. After 1 to 2 hours, L-lysine-d-amphetamine is converted to d-amphetamine. Taken intravenously, L-lysine-d-amphetamine has significantly less abuse potential than immediate release d-amphetamine containing an equal amount of d-amphetamine base.
This randomized, single-center, single-blind, dose-escalation study used pharmacokinetic parameters to obtain preliminary estimates of abuse liability for L-lysine-d-amphetamine (30-150 mg) vs. d-amphetamine sulfate (40 mg) and placebo in healthy adults meeting DSM-IV criteria for stimulant abuse. Subjects were divided into 3 cohorts of 4 patients each; all received single doses of L-lysine-d-amphetamine at a minimum interval of 48 hours, with d-amphetamine sulfate (40 mg) and placebo randomly dispersed. Cohort 1 was administered L-lysine-d-amphetamine doses of 30, 50, 70, 100 mg; cohort 2 received 50, 70, 100, 130 mg doses; and cohort 3 received 70, 100, 130, and 150 mg doses.
AUClast d-amphetamine over the first 4 hours was substantially lower with 100 mg L-lysine-d-amphetamine (165.3-213.1 ng/mL) vs. 40 mg d-amphetamine (245.5-316.8 ng/mL). Cmax and AUClast increased with dose for 30-130 mg L-lysine-d-amphetamine, attenuating between the 130 mg and 150 mg dose. Tmax ranged from 3.78-4.25 h with L-lysine-d-amphetamine vs. d-amphetamine sulfate (1.88-2.74 h). The half-life of L-lysine-d-amphetamine (range, 0.44-0.76 h) indicated rapid clearance. Adverse reactions were mild in severity with no significant changes in vital signs or ECG parameters. L-lysine-d-amphetamine had a slower release of d-amphetamine compared with d-amphetamine sulfate. At doses as high as 150 mg, there appears to be an attenuation of the maximum concentration, suggesting higher doses of L-lysine-d-amphetamine will not lead to further increases in Cmax and AUCiast. These results suggest a drug profile consistent with reduced abuse liability.
L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate was prepared according to the procedure shown in
L-Lysine monohydrochloride (1 wt=1 eq) and water (6 vol) were added to a clean vessel and then heated to ˜35° C. The pH of the mixture was adjusted to ˜11-11.5 using 50% sodium hydroxide solution. Di-tert-butyl dicarbonate and 50% sodium hydroxide solution were charged to the vessel at a rate such that the temperature was maintained at ˜30-50° C. and pH>8.
The reaction mixture was then heated to ˜50° C. and the temperature was maintained for 2 hr., or until reaction completion. The mixture was cooled to ˜20-25° C., followed by dilution with isopropyl acetate (IPAc) (6 vol.). The pH of the mixture was adjusted to ˜2.0-2.5 using concentrated hydrochloric acid. Then, the mixture was agitated for 15 min. followed by phase separation. The organic phase was washed with brine (25% wt/wt, 1.34 vol.).
The mixture containing the non-isolated intermediate Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OH was charged on top of a N-hydroxysuccinimide solution (1.1 eq.) in a clean vessel. The original vessel was then rinsed with IPAc (2.5 vol.) and the washings were combined with the mixture. The temperature of the mixture was adjusted to ˜50° C. A solution of N,N′-Dicyclohexyl carbodiimide (1.05 eq.) and IPAc (1.2 vol.) heated to ˜30° C. was then added. The temperature of the reaction mixture was maintained at ˜50° C. The mixture was then agitated for 2 hr., or until reaction completion. The mixture was cooled to ˜20-25° C. followed by filtration to remove N,N′-dicyclohexylurea.
Following filtration, the filter-cake was rinsed with IPAc (4 vol.). The filtrate (IPAc solution) was washed twice with saturated sodium bicarbonate solution (1.3 vol. per wash). The IPAc solution was washed with water (1.2 vol.) and then brine (25% wt/wt, 1.34 vol.). The reaction mixture was concentrated to 12 vol. by vacuum distillation below 50° C. to give the non-isolated intermediate Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OSu.
d-amphetamine (1.1 eq.), 4-methylmorpholine (1.1 eq) and IPAc (12 vol.) were charged into a clean vessel. The solution of Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OSu in IPAc was then charged into the same vessel at a rate such that the temperature remained below 30° C. The reaction mixture was agitated for 2 hr. at ˜20-30° C., or until reaction completion.
A quench solution was prepared by mixing sodium chloride (4.5 wt), glacial acetic acid (0.3 wt) and water (18 vol), and agitating it until dissolution was achieved. One half of the quench solution was added to the reaction mixture. The reaction mixture was agitated for 30 min., followed by phase separation. The remaining quench solution was added. The reaction mixture was washed with aqueous sodium bicarbonate solution (8% wt/wt, 11.5 vol.), followed by brine (7% wt/wt, 11.5 vol.). ˜6.25 vol. was removed from the reaction mixture by vacuum distillation at ˜55-65° C. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (21 vol.) was added. The mixture was concentrated to 6.25 vol. by vacuum distillation at ˜55-65° C. IPA (2.5 vol.) was again added, and the reaction mixture was filtered through a 1.2 mm filter. Methane sulfonic acid (2.05 eq.) and water (0.6 vol.) were added to the filtrate and the mixture was heated to ˜60-70° C. for 6 hr. at a partial vacuum (˜550 mmHg). When complete, pre-heated (60-70° C.) IPAc (7.7 vol.) was added to the mixture while the temperature was maintained at 60-70° C. The mixture was then agitated at 60-70° C. for 1-2 hrs., followed by cooling to 20-25° C. by lowering the jacket temperature ˜10° C./hour. The temperature was adjusted to 50-60° C. for 2-3 hours. The mixture was then cooled to 20-25° C. by lowering the jacket temperature ˜10° C./hour and aged at 20-25° C. for at least 16 hr.
The product was collected by filtration. The filter-cake was washed twice with a mixture of IPA and IPAc (2:1, 10.5 vol per wash), and dried at ˜50-60° C. in vacuo. The dried material was screened through a screener/magnet (20-mesh) to yield the final crystalline product.
Optical micrographs and SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images of the crystals prepared are shown in
Particle size determination provided d10, d50 and d90 values of 5 μm, 26 μm, and 57 μm, respectively.
L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate was prepared according to the procedure shown in
A. Preparation of d-amphetamine Free Base
D-amphetamine sulfate USP (1 eq.) and water (˜138 eq.) were added to a vessel and agitated to dissolve the solids. The pH of the mixture was adjusted to 10.5-11.5 using 50% sodium hydroxide solution. The mixture was diluted with IPAc (˜13.3 eq.). The mixture was agitated for 30-45 min., followed by phase separation. IPAc (˜2.7 eq.) was then added to the aqueous phase. The mixture was agitated for 30-45 min. and the phases were then again separated. The organic phase was combined with the organic phase from the previous phase separation. If the water content of the combined dehydrated organic phase was >4.0%, water (˜17.3 eq.) and sodium chloride (˜1.8 eq.) were added to the organic phase; the mixture was agitated for 30-45 min., the phases separated, and the dehydrated organic phase was then used for further processing.
B. Preparation of Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OSu
L-Lysine monohydrochloride (1 wt.=1 eq.) and water (6 vol.) were heated to ˜35° C. in a clean vessel. The pH of the mixture was adjusted to approximately 11-11.5 using 50% sodium hydroxide solution. Di-tert-butyl dicarbonate and 50% sodium hydroxide solution were then charged to the vessel at a rate allowing to maintain the mixture temperature at approximately 30-60° C. and the pH between 8.5-10. The reaction mixture was heated to approximately 50° C. and the temperature was maintained for 2 hr., or until reaction completion. The mixture was subsequently cooled to approximately 20-25° C., and diluted with IPAc (6 vol.). The pH was then adjusted to approximately 2.0-2.5 using concentrated hydrochloric acid. The mixture was agitated for 30-45 min. and phases were then separated. The organic phase was washed with brine (25% wt/wt, 1.34 vol.). N-hydroxysuccinimide (1.1 eq.) was charged into a clean vessel. The mixture containing the non-isolated intermediate Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OH was charged on top of the N-hydroxysuccinimide. The original vessel was rinsed with IPAc (2.5 vol.) and the washings were combined with the mixture. After which, the mixture temperature was adjusted to approximately 50° C.
N,N′-Dicyclohexyl carbodiimide (1.05 eq.) was charged to the mixture while maintaining the temperature at approximately 50° C. IPAc (3.7 vol.) was charged on top of the mixture at a rate allowing to maintain the mixture temperature at approximately 50° C. The mixture was agitated for at least 2 hr., or until reaction completion. The mixture was cooled to approximately 20-25° C. The mixture was filtered to remove N,N′-dicyclohexylurea. The filter-cake was rinsed with IPAc (5.9 vol.). The filtrate (IPAc solution) was washed with saturated sodium bicarbonate solution (2.6 vol.). The IPAc solution was washed with water (1.2 vol.) and then brine (25% wt/wt, 1.34 vol.).
The mixture was then concentrated to 25-65% of the starting volume via vacuum distillation below 35° C. to give the non-isolated intermediate Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-Osu. The mixture was filtered through a filter dressed with diatomaceous earth impregnated pads.
C. Preparation of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate
Freebased d-amphetamine (1.1 eq.), 4-methylmorpholine (1.085 eq.) and IPAc (12 vol.) were added to a clean vessel. The solution of Boc-L-Lys(Boc)-OSu in IPAc was added at a rate such that the temperature of the reaction mixture remained below 30° C. The mixture was agitated for 1-2 hr. at approximately 20-30° C., or until reaction completion.
A quench solution was prepared by mixing sodium chloride (2.25 wt.), glacial acetic acid (0.15 wt) and water (9 vol.), and agitating the mixture until dissolution was achieved. One half of the quench solution was added to the reaction mixture, the mixture was agitated for 30-45 min., and the phases were separated. The remaining quench solution was added followed by agitation for 30-45 min. and phase separation.
The IPAc solution was washed with aqueous sodium bicarbonate solution (8% wt/wt, 11.5 vol.) and then brine (7% wt/wt, 11.5 vol.). The mixture was concentrated to 25-40% of its starting volume by vacuum distillation at ˜25-30° C. IPA (21 vol.) was added and the mixture was again concentrated to 25-40% of its starting volume by vacuum distillation at ˜25-30° C. IPA (2.5 vol.) was added, the mixture was filtered through a 0.45 mm filter, and rinsed with IPA (2.5 vol.).
Methane sulfonic acid (2.05 eq.) and water (0.6 vol.) were added to the filtrate, and the mixture was heated to ˜60-70° C. for 8 hr. at a partial vacuum (˜550 mmHg). IPAc (˜12.1 eq.) was added to the reaction mixture while maintaining its temperature at 60-70° C. The reaction mixture was stirred for 1-2 hrs. at 60-70° C., and cooled to ˜20-25° C. at a rate of approximately 10° C./hr. The mixture was heated to 60-70° C., stirred for 2-3 hrs., and cooled to approximately 20-25° C. at a rate of approximately 10° C./hr. The slurry was stirred for 16-16.5 hrs at 20-25° C. The product was filtered, washed twice with a mixture of IPA and IPAc (2:1, 10.5 vol. per wash), and dried at ˜65±5° C. under full vacuum. The dried material was milled through a 16-20 mesh screen to yield the final crystalline product.
Optical micrographs of the crystals prepared are in
Particle sizes, in terms of d10, d50 and d90 values, were determined to be 4.1 μm, 19.5 μm and 60.8 μm, respectively.
The XRPD spectra of a sample of the crystalline L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate prepared according to example 39 is shown in
DSC thermograms were generated for thirteen different samples of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, which were prepared according to the procedure in example 38 or 39. Each sample exhibited three endothermic events at approximately 94° C., 170° C. and 194° C. A representative DSC thermogram is shown in
The FT-Raman spectra of L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate prepared according to the procedure in example 38 or 39 are shown in
Single Crystal Analysis
A single crystal analysis was performed as follows. The l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate was re-crystallized with a 1:1 acetonitrile/ethanol mixture and slurried at elevated temperature in acetonitrile overnight to obtain crystals suitable single crystal X-ray structure determination.
Single crystal data for the L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate crystals was determined with Mo Kα radiation (λ=0.71073 Å) on a Nonius KappaCCD diffractometer equipped with a graphite crystal, incident beam monochromator. Refinements were performed on an LINUX PC using SHELX97.
Cell constants and an orientation matrix for data collection were obtained from least-squares refinement using the setting angles of 13580 reflections in the range 2°<θ<24°. The space group was determined by the program XPREP. From the systematic presence of the following conditions: 0k0 k; =2n, and from subsequent least-squares refinement, the space group was determined to be P 21 (no. 4). This is a chiral space group.
The data were collected to a maximum 2θ value of 48.23°, at a temperature of 150±1 K.
Frames were integrated with DENZO-SMN. A total of 13580 reflections were collected, of which 5474 were unique. Lorentz and polarization corrections were applied to the data. The linear absorption coefficient is 0.270 mm−1 for Mo Kα radiation. An empirical absorption correction using SCALEPACK was applied. Transmission coefficients ranged from 0.884 to 0.987. Intensities of equivalent reflections were averaged. The agreement factor for the averaging was 13% based on intensity.
The structure was solved by direct methods using SIR2004. The remaining atoms were located in succeeding difference Fourier syntheses. Hydrogen atoms were included in the refinement but restrained to ride on the atom to which they are bonded. The structure was refined in full-matrix least-squares by minimizing the function:
The weight w is defined as 1/[σ2(Fo 2)+(0.1193P)2+(9.5997P)], where P=(Fo 2+2Fc 2)/3.
Scattering factors were taken from the “International Tables for Crystallography”. Of the 5474 reflections used in the refinements, only the reflections with Fo 2>2σ(Fo 2) were used in calculating R. A total of 5089 reflections were used in the calculation. The final cycle of refinement included 546 variable parameters and converged (largest parameter shift was essentially equal to its estimated standard deviation) with unweighted and weighted agreement factors of:
The standard deviation of an observation of unit weight was 1.119. The highest peak in the final difference Fourier had a height of 0.68 e/Å3. The minimum negative peak had a height of −0.47 e/Å3. The factor for the determination of the absolute structure refined to 0.2(2).
The results of this analysis are shown in table 76 below.
ORTEP and Packing Diagrams
ORTEP diagrams were prepared using the ORTEP III program within the PLATON software package. These diagrams are shown in
Packing diagrams were prepared using CAMERON modeling software. These diagrams are shown in
A comparison of a calculated XRPD pattern from the single crystal parameters, and the XRPD pattern of lisdexamphetamine dimesylate prepared according to Example 38 is shown in
A randomized, double-blind, multi-center, placebo-controlled, two-way crossover, analog classroom study with an open-label optimization phase, designed to assess the time of onset, duration of efficacy, tolerability and safety of l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate (30, 50, and 70 mg) was performed. The subjects of the study were children (males and females) ages 6-12 years old (n=129) who satisfied DSM-IV-TR criteria for a primary diagnosis of ADHD, combined or hyperactive-impulse subtype. The study included four phases: (1) Screening and washout; (2) open-label dose optimization; (3) analog classroom sessions 1 and 2; and (4) 30-day safety follow-up. Subjects were required to visit the clinic up to 8 times over a 7-10 week period.
Subjects were also required to have a baseline ADHD Rating Scale IV (ADHD-RS-IV) score ≧28, age-appropriate intellectual functioning, ability to complete the Permanent Product Measure of Performance (PERMP) assessment, blood pressure measurements within the 95th percentile for age, gender, and height.
Key exclusion criteria included the presence of a comorbid psychiatric condition with severe symptoms, conduct disorder, or other medical condition that could, in the judgment of the physician investigator, confound efficacy or safety assessments, pose a risk to the subject, or prohibit study completion. Children who had an adverse reaction (allergy, hypersensitivity, intolerance) or who failed to respond to previous amphetamine therapy were not allowed to participate in the study. Other exclusion criteria were positive serum or urine pregnancy test, history of substance abuse, weight<22.7 kg (50 lb), BMI>98th percentile for age, seizure within the last 2 years, tic or Tourette disorder, use of medication with effects on CNS function or performance, and clinically significant laboratory and ECG abnormalities. Children whose current ADHD medication provided effective control of symptoms with acceptable tolerability were also excluded.
Screening and Washout
Subjects were screened for approximately 3-weeks to establish eligibility for study participation. Those subjects who met eligibility requirements underwent medication washout, if applicable. The length of the medication washout (if applicable) was no longer than 7 days depending upon the half-life of the subject's current ADHD medication.
Open-Label Dose Optimization
Following screening and washout, eligible subjects entered the open-label dose optimization phase, during which they received 1 capsule of 1-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate in an openlabel manner and were evaluated for efficacy and tolerability to that dosage approximately 7 days later. Dosage was initiated at 30 mg/d 1-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate and adjusted to the next available dose, until optimal dose was reached. Optimal dose was defined as the dose that produced a reduction in ADHD-RS-IV score ≧30% and CGI-I score of 1 or 2 and had tolerable side effects. Tolerability was determined by the investigator, based on review of AEs and clinical judgement. Once reached, the optimal dose was maintained for the remainder of the dose optimization phase and was used for the double-blind treatment sequence phase.
Dose increase was permitted if the current dose was well tolerated, produced a reduction in ADHD-RS-IV score ≧30% and CGI-I score of 1 or 2, and if the next available dose would, in the opinion of the clinician, provide additional symptom reduction. Dose reduction was permitted if tolerability to the current dose was unacceptable; only 1 dose reduction was allowed. Subjects were discontinued if they were unable to tolerate l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate or had not reached their optimal dose by visit 4/week 4. The dose dispensed at visit 3 was used at visit 4 and the during the double-blind treatment sequence period. During visit 4, a practice analog classroom session was conducted, to familiarize subjects with classroom schedules and procedures. Three to 5 practice PERMP tests were also given during the practice session.
Double Blind Crossover Treatment with Analog Classroom Sessions 1 and 2
Following completion of the open-label dose optimization period and successful titration to an optimal dose of l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, subjects entered the 2 week double blind treatment portion of the study. Subjects were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to 1 of 2 treatment sequences: daily l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate treatment (at the optimized dose) for one week followed by daily placebo treatment (administered as matched capsules identical in appearance to l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate capsules) treatment for one week, or vice versa.
For the first 6 days of each week during the double-blind treatment phase, the study drug was administered by the parent. On the last day of each week, the daily dose was administered by study staff in the analog classroom, where efficacy and safety assessments were also performed.
Each analog classroom had 10 to 18 subjects, with a maximum of 16 from the same cohort. Subjects arrived at 6 AM, were administered the SKAMP and PERMP at 0.5 hours predose (6:30 AM), and received their randomized treatment (7 AM). SKAMP and PERMP were then administered in the analog classroom at 1.5, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12 and 13 hours postdose. Subjects then departed at approximately 8:30 PM.
Efficacy was measured by the SKAMP score (teacher rating scale) to evaluate the behavioral effects of l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate compared to placebo, under controlled conditions, measured at multiple time points throughout the day. The SKAMP was designed for independent observers to rate 13 items representing two factors of classroom behavior—attention and deportment. A detailed description of SKAMP can be found elsewhere (Wigal S B, Gupta S, Guinta D, Swanson J M. Reliability and validity of the SKAMP rating scale in a laboratory school setting. Psychopharmacol Bull. 1998; 34:47-53).
In this study, a single, independent, trained observer rated each subject on 13 items, using a 7-point impairment scale (0=normal, 6=maximal impairment). Onset and duration of efficacy were determined through SKAMP deportment assessments at 0.5 hours predose and 1.5, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12 and 13 hours postdose.
The primary efficacy measure was the onset of action measured by the mean SKAMP-DS score. A mixed linear model was used to analyze the mean SKAMP-DS score as well as the SKAMP-DS scores for each time point. In this model, the fixed effects were sequence, period, and treatment, while the random effect was subject-within-sequence. Raw means and effect sizes, least-squares (LS) means and effect sizes, differences in LS means and 95% confidence interval for the difference between treatment groups, p values, and model result were calculated for each postdose timepoint and for mean scores for the intent to treat (ITT) population, i.e., the population which consisted of all randomized subjects with at least 1 postrandomization measurement of the primary efficacy variable (mean SKAMP deportment score over the course of a day) available for analysis.
Secondary efficacy measures included the SKAMP subscales of attention, quality of work, and compliance, SKAMP total score, PERMP-A and -C, ADHD-RS-IV and the Clinical Global Impressions (CGI). The PERMP is a 5-page math test consisting of 80 problems each (total of 400 problems) and was used to evaluate efficacy and to determine time of onset. Subjects were instructed to work at their desks and to complete as many problems as possible in 10 minutes. Academic performance was evaluated using two scores: PERMP-A (the number of problems attempted) and PERMP-C (the number of problems correct). The appropriate level of difficulty for each student was determined based on results of a math pre-test administered at screening. The PERMP was completed during analog classroom sessions at the same time points as the SKAMP scale. To avoid taking the same test more than once during the study, subjects were given a different version of the test at each assessment time point.
The clinician completed ADHD-RS-IV was also used as a secondary efficacy measure. The ADHD-RS-IV was administered at each visit, beginning with Screening, and at baseline and each visit, to capture the ADHD symptoms within each study week. The ADHD-RS-IV consists of 18 items designed to reflect current symptomatology of ADHD based on DSM-IV-TRT™ criteria. The 18 items are grouped into 2 subscales (hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattentiveness). Each item is scored on a scale of 0 (no symptoms) to 3 (severe symptoms), yielding a total score of 0 to 54.
In addition to the ADHD-RS-IV, the Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) Scale was used as a secondary efficacy measure. The CGI rating scale permits a global evaluation of the subject's improvement over time. At Baseline, a CGI-S assessment was performed, in which the Investigator rates the severity of a subject's condition on an 8-point scale ranging from 0 (not assessed) to 7 (among the most extremely ill).
Responses for the CGI-I were dichotomized such that “very much improved” (CGI-I score of 1) and “much improved” (CGI-I score of 2) were combined into one category (“improved”), and the remaining responses were combined into the other category (“not improved”).
The mixed linear model used to analyze scores for the SKAMP-DS onset of action was also used to analyze scores for the secondary efficacy measures.
Determination of sample size was based on analysis of SKAMP deportment scores from a previous crossover study scale 10. Assuming a standard deviation SD) of 0.9491 (the maximum SD reported in the previous crossover study), 96 subjects (48 subjects in each treatment sequence) would need to complete the study to detect a difference of 0.50 in mean SKAMP deportment scores between placebo and l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate at 95% power (P=0.05, 2-sided). However, 128 subjects were planned for enrollment, since 25% of subjects were predicted to discontinue during the study. All statistical tests were 2-sided and performed at the 0.05 significance level.
As stated above, efficacy was demonstrated at each post-dose timepoint assessed, starting at 1.5 hrs. postdose, and continuing through the last (13.0 hrs. postdose).
The primary efficacy results are given in
Secondary efficacy measurements were also demonstrated at each postdose timepoint. As with the primary measurements, L-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate had significantly lower LS mean SKAMP attention scores compared with placebo, at all timepoints (P<0.0001). These results are given in
The results from the PERMP-A tests are given in
The results from the PERMP-C tests are given in
An analysis of the change from Baseline in ADHD-RS-IV Total scores, Inattention subscale scores, and Hyperactivity/Impulsivity subscale scores for the Cross-Over phase (Visit 5/6) is presented for the ITT population in table 77 below. For all three ADHD-RS-IV measures, l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate treatment resulted in a larger reduction from Baseline scores compared to placebo treatment. For all three ADHD-RS-IV measures, change from Baseline scores associated with l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate treatment were statistically significantly different (p<0.0001) from those associated with placebo treatment.
An analysis of CGI-I scores for the Cross-Over Phase (Visits 5 and 6) is presented in graphically in
An open-label, five-period, five-treatment, dose escalating study of the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of l-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate administered as a single oral dose was conducted. The study was conducted at a single center and consisted of a Screening and five single Dosing Periods. During the Screening Period (within 28 days prior to Dosing Period 1, Day 1 dosing), the eligibility of subjects were confirmed. Eligibility was re-confirmed at check-in on Day 1. Eligible participants were confined to the Clinical Research Center (CRC) after checking in on Day 1 and remained in the CRC until approximately 96 hours post Dosing Period 5 and after the scheduled discharge assessments and procedures were completed. No washout period was given between dosing periods. The total duration of the confinement for this study was 22 days.
Subjects received a single dose of 1-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate on Day 1 of each Dosing Period and a total of five doses over the course of the study. During each Dosing Period, serial blood samples were collected up to 96 hours post dose. During this time, subjects were required to fast from approximately 10:00 pm the night before receiving study drug until four hours after taking study drug. Subjects were discharged from the CRC at least 96 hours after taking the last dose of study medication in Dosing Period 5 and once all discharge assessments and procedures were complete and unremarkable. Approximately 7 days after the last dose of study drug was administered, a follow-up was done to report any ongoing concomitant medication(s), adverse events (AEs), and/or new AEs or Serious Adverse Events (SAEs).
Descriptive statistics (number of observations [N], mean, standard deviation, coefficient of variation [CV], median, minimum, and maximum) were used to summarize plasma concentration at each planned sampling time point for each treatment. Plasma pharmacokinetic parameters calculated from the concentrations were also summarized by dose level using descriptive statistics.
Dose proportionality of the key pharmacokinetic parameter AUC0-∞ over the administered dose range for d-amphetamine was based on the following power model:
The power model fitted for the log-transformed parameter AUC0-∞ with a mixed model included a random intercept. The estimated mean slope (‘b’) and 90% Confidence Intervals (CIs) were constructed. Linearity was assessed based on a test of the null hypothesis that the slope is equal to 1 versus the alternative hypothesis that the slope is not equal to 1. The other pharmacokinetic parameters were summarized as described above.
On Day 1 of each dosing period, blood samples for pharmacokinetic analysis were drawn pre-dose and, after a single oral dose of 1-lysine-d-amphetamine dimesylate, at 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, 36, 48, 72 and 96 hours post-dose. On Day 5, after collecting the 96-hour post dose sample, subjects progressed to the next dosing period. The 96-hour sample served as the pre-dose sample for the next period. All pharmacokinetic data are presented by dose (50, 100, 150, 200, 250 mg).
The mean d-amphetamine plasma concentration profiles for all five lisdexamfetamine dimesylate dosing periods (50, 100, 150, 200, 250 mg) are shown in
Systemic exposure (AUC0-∞) to d-amphetamine increased in a dose proportional manner over the range of 50-250 mg. Analysis of the linearity (table 79) of the AUC0-∞ vs. dose curve yielded regression parameters that confirm dose proportionality. The slope deviated slightly from linearity due to the presence of outliers at the two higher doses.
The maximum observed plasma d-amphetamine concentration (Cmax) was also dose proportional over the dose range of 50-250 mg. Analysis of the linearity of the Cmax vs. dose curve (Table 80) yielded regression parameters that confirmed a linear relationship of Cmax with dose.
Intra- and Inter-Subject Variability
Within-subject (intra-subject) and between-subject (inter-subject, or patient to patient) variability in d-amphetamine AUC0-∞ and Cmax are presented for all doses (Table 81); and for only the 50, 100 and 150 mg dose groups (Table 82) are presented in tables 81 and 82, below.
For AUC0-∞ when data from all dosing periods was considered, total variability was about 28%. Within-subject and between subject variability were similar (about 20%). When data from the three lowest (50, 100, 150 mg) dosing periods was considered (Table 82), total variability in AUC0-∞ was reduced (22%) and the majority of the variability was between-subject. The within-subject variability was about half that of the between-subject variability (10% vs. 20%). For Cmax, when data from all dosing periods was considered, total variability was about 27%. Between-subject was less than within-subject variability (16% vs. 22%). When data from the three lowest (50, 100, 150 mg) dosing periods was considered, total variability in Cmax was reduced (20%) and the majority of the variability was between-subject. The within-subject variability was about half that of the between-subject variability (9% vs. 18%).
Plasma d-amphetamine vs. time curves for doses from 50-250 mg were similar in shape and demonstrated well-behaved, consistent, dose-proportional behavior. Pharmacokinetic parameters for d-amphetamine were also dose-proportional (AUC0-∞, Cmax) consistent (tmax, t½), and well-behaved over the whole dose range of 50 mg-250 mg. In this study, systemic exposure, maximum plasma concentration, time to maximum concentration and the elimination half life were reliably predictable even at supratherapeutic doses (more than 3.5 times the current maximum daily dose).
Intra-subject variability in d-amphetamine AUC0-∞ and Cmax was low, particularly when the three lowest doses (50-150 mg) were evaluated. For AUC0-∞, in the 50-150 mg dose group, the majority of the total variability (22%) arose from between-subject variation (20%). Intra-subject variability (10%) was approximately half the inter-subject variability.
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