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Publication numberUS3924004 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 2, 1975
Filing dateNov 24, 1971
Priority dateNov 24, 1971
Publication numberUS 3924004 A, US 3924004A, US-A-3924004, US3924004 A, US3924004A
InventorsChang Kuang Y, Ferrell Bonnie
Original AssigneeSyntex Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fatty alcohol-propylene carbonate-glycol solvent cream vehicle
US 3924004 A
A medicament base containing from 5 to 40 percent saturated fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons, from 1 to 40 percent propylene carbonate, from 25 to 85 percent of glycol cosolvent, a stabilizing amount of a surfactant and optional amounts of compatible plasticizer, and/or other pharmaceutical adjuvants. The base is a suitable vehicle for all types of therapeutic agents for topical application and has shown particular advantages with anti-inflammatory topical corticoids.
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United States Patent [191 Chang et al.

[ Dec. 2, 1975 1 FATTY ALCOHOL-PROPYLENE CARBONATE-GLYCOL SOLVENT CREAM VEHICLE [75] Inventors: Kuang Y. Chang, Palo Alto, Calif.;

Bonnie Ferrell, Clinton, NY,

[73] Assignee: Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto,


[22] Filed: Nov. 24, 1971 21 Appl. No.: 201,997

Lerner 424/241 X 3,472,931 10/1969 Stoughton.. 424/240 X 3,574,118 4/1971 Baker 1 424/73 3,592,930 7/1971 Katz et al 424/243 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,096,753 12/1967 United Kingdom 1,448,042 6/1966 France Primary ExaminerShep K. Rose Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Joesph I. Hirsch; Thomas M. Moran; William E. Walker [57] ABSTRACT A medicament base containing from 5 to 40 percent saturated fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons, from 1 to 40 percent propylene carbonate, from 25 to 85 percent of glycol cosolvent, a stabilizing amount of a surfactant and optional amounts of compatible plasticizer, and/or other pharmaceutical adjuvants. The base is a suitable vehicle for all types of therapeutic agents for topical application and has shown particular advantages with anti-inflammatory topical corticoids.

5 Claims, No Drawings FATTY ALCOHOL-PROPYLENE CARBONATE-GLYCOL SOLVENT CREAM VEHICLE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to vehicles for topical application of medicaments and to mixtures of the vehicle and medicaments. In particular, this invention relates to new, improved medicament vehicles having advantages over previously known vehicles.

One of the oldest types of medicament vehicles is the ointment, a preparation containing active medications that can be readily applied and rubbed into the skin. It serves as a means for distributing the medication uniformly over the skin surface and maintaining it there until beneficial action can occur. The earliest ointment preparations were based on fats, waxes, greases and petrolatum. These are, by nature, greasy, or not waterwashable and having a limited ability to release medication to the skin. A non-aqueous ointment of more recent origin is a mixture of polyethylene glycols having molecular weights of 1,000 to 20,000. This vehicle, although water-washable, has a greasy texture and does not provide an occlusive dressing on a treated surface. Prior to this invention, these anhydrous ointment bases were the only vehicles available for medicaments which deteriorated in the presence of moisture.

Emulsified creams, such as cold creams, were developed to reduce greasiness, while still maintaining the unctuousness and spreadability of the older greasy-type ointments. The emulsified creams have an aqueous base, however, and are not suitable for many drugs be cause their water content destroy the medicament. The medicament, in turn may destroy the emulsions, that is,

break the emulsions and permit separation of the vehicle components. Furthermore, water is frequently not desirable in a medicament formulation because of its adverse effects on a condition being treated.

One system which is not subject to the above disadvantages is the non-aqueousfatty alcohol propylene glycol vehicles described in US. Pat. No. 3,592,930 granted to Katz et al. The subject of this invention is an improved non-aqueous vehicle with a propylene carbonate solvent system.

It is accordingly the purpose of this invention to provide an essentially anhydrous, water-washable base which is more effective than standard anhydrous ointment bases of the grease type because it can preserve the activity of medicaments which deteriorate in the presence of moisture; provide an occlusive film for longer and better therapeutic activity; release the medicaments more quickly and effectively; bring dissolved therapeutic agents in known dilution in contact with the skin; spread evenly and adhere well even if the skin is moist; be readily removed from the skin or fabrics with water; provide media to readily absorb discharges from wounds; serve as an excellent levigating material for many prescribed ingredients that usually require separate treatment before being incorporated into one of the bases; provide a base for medicament formulations in which water is not desired; and because it does not hydrolyze, deteriorate, become rancid, support mold growth or require preservatives.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a vehicle using a unique solvent, new for topical preparations. Propylene carbonate has exceptional solubilizing properties, particularly for corticosteroids. By combining a glycol cosolvent and surfactant with the fatty alcohol and propylene carbonate, a stable cream can be prepared. Further, by varying the ratio of propylene carbonate and glycol cosolvent one can obtain a wide range of saturation concentrations for a medicament. Thus the ratio can be chosen to optimize drug delivery for any particular medicament.

SUMMARY The composition of this invention is a substantially anhydrous vehicle composition consisting essentially of a. from 5 to 40 weight percent of saturated fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons;

b. from I to 40 weight percent of propylene carbonate;

c. from 25 to 85 weight percent of glycol cosolvent, the weight ratio of the glycol solvent to propylene carbonate being at least 1:2;

d. a stabilizing amount of surfactant; and

e. from 0 to 15 weight percent of compatible plasticizer. The base is an improved vehicle for all types of therapeutic agents for topical application and offers particular advantages with anti-inflammatory topical steroids.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS All concentrations are herein given as weight percents unless otherwise specified. It is also intended that the chemical compounds in each class of ingredients discussed hereinafter be limited to pharmaceutically acceptable, non-toxic compounds in the concentrations indicated.

The composition of this invention contains from 5 to 40 and preferably from 10 to 30 percent fatty alcohol. The fatty alcohol can be any fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons or mixtures thereof, and is preferably a saturated monohydric primary alcohol. Suitable fatty alcohols include cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, and the like.

The fatty alcohol component should be substantially free from any significant amount of unsaturated alcohols or fatty alcohols having fewer than 16 carbons, the term substantially free from as used herein, is defined as indicating the compositions of this invention containing less than irritating or otherwise medically undesirable amounts of the indicated substances. Since the commercially available fatty alcohols having from 16 to 24 carbons contain impurities including some proportion of fatty alcohols having fewer than 16 carbons, total avoidance of alcohols having fewer than 16 carbons from the mixture is not practicable. Careful selection of raw materials is preferable, however, to maintain the percentage of irritating alcohols to less than l0 percent of the total fatty alcohol concentration.

The composition of this invention also contains from 1 to 40 and preferably from 5 to 30 percent propylene carbonate.

The composition of this invention also contains from 25 to preferably from 30 to 80 percent of glycol cosolvent. Suitable glycol cosolvents include l,2- propanediol, l,3-propanediol, polyethylene glycol having a molecular weight of from to 800, dipropylene glycol, and the like or mixtures thereof. The weight ratio of glycol cosolvent to propylene carbonate must be at least 1:2 to provide a stable composition. It is preferably at least lzl, and the optimum ratio is at least 3:l. In the absence of the glycol cosolvent, the propylene carbonate and fatty alcohol do not form a physically stable mixture. Thus, the glycol cosolvent functions primarily as a coupling ingredient for the fatty alcohol and propylene carbonate. it also functions as an auxiliary solvent in the system.

The composition of this invention also contains a stabilizing amount of a surfactant, that is, an amount sufficient to maintain homogeneity of the other ingredients. The particular concentration will vary depending upon the choice of surfactant and the selection of the other ingredients. in general, stabilizing amounts can be as low as 0.1 percent or lower. In some instances as high as percent or higher of surfactant may be desired. Generally from 2 to 5 percent is suitable. The amount of surfactant should be the minimum required for stability. The surfactant functions as a coupling agent, linking diverse phases and maintaining a dispersion of irnmisicible components. Suitable surfactants include pharmaceutically acceptable, non-toxic non-ionic, anionic and cationic surfactants. Examples of suitable non-ionic surfactants include glycerol fatty acid esters such as glycerol monostearate, glycol fatty acid esters such as propylene glycol monostearate, polyhydric alcohol fatty acid esters such as sorbitan monostearate, polyethylene glycol fatty acid esters such as polyethylene glycol (400) monooleate, polyoxyethylene fatty acid esters such as polyoxyethylene (40) stearate, polyoxyethylene fatty alcohol ethers such as polyoxyethylene (20) stearyl ether, polyoxyethylene sorbitan fatty acid esters such as polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate, fatty acid ethanolamides and their derivatives such as the diethanolamide of stearic acid, and the like. Examples of suitable anionic surfactants are soaps including alkali soaps, such as sodium, potassium and ammonium salts of aliphatic carboxylic acids, usually fatty acids, such as sodium stearate. Organic amine soaps, also included, include organic amine salts of aliphatic carboxylic acids, usually fatty acids, such as triethanolamine stearate. Another class of suitable soaps is the metallic soaps, salts ofspolyvalent metals and aliphatic carboxylic acids, usually fatty acids, such as aluminum stearate. Other classes of suitable anionic surfactants include sulfated fatty alcohols such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sulfated oils such as the sulfuric ester of ricinoleic acid disodium salt, and sulfonated compounds such as alkyl sulfonates including sodium cetane sulfonate, amide sulfonates such as sodium N- methyl-N-oleyl taurate, sulfonated dibasic acid esters such as sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate, alkyl aryl sulfonates such as sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, alkyl naphthalene sulfonates such as sodium isopropyl naphthalene sulfonate, petroleum sulfonates such as arylnaphthene with alkyl substituents. Examples of suitable cationic surfactants include amine salts such as octadecyl ammonium chloride, quaternary ammonium compounds such as benzalkonium chloride. Other examples of these and other suitable surfactants can be found in Pharmaceutical Emulsions and Emulsifying Agents by Lawrence M. Spatton, second edition, The Chemist and Druggist, London; Emulsions; Theory and Practice by Paul Becher, Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York; and Detergents and Emulsificers, 1969 Annual by John M. McCutcheon, Morriston, N.J., the disclosures thereof being incorporated herein by reference.

The composition of this invention can also contain from 0 to and preferably from 0.1 to 5 percent ofa compatible plasticizer. Suitable compatible plasticizers include carboxylic vinyl polymers (Carbopols), polyethylene glycol having a molecular weight of from above 800 to 20,000; natural gums including acacia gum, guar gum, karaya, tragacanth, and the like; seaweed products such as agar, irish moss and alginates; cellulose derivatives including cellulose ethers such as methyl cellulose, ethyl cellulose, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and the like; starch, starch derivatives and dextrins; pectin and pectates; saponins; and water soluble or water dispersible vinyl polymers such as polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinyl alcohol, vinyl pyrrolidonevinyl alcohol copolymers, and the like. The plasticizer maintains homogeneity in the mixture at ambient temperatures, that is, temperatures at which the fatty alcohol is a solid. This component also improves the plasticity, and uniformity of the medicament mixtures with the vehicle and provides to the vehicle smoothness and a more pleasing feel; hence the vehicle containing the plasticizer is more cosmetically acceptable. In general, the particular plasticizer concentration necessary to provide a desired consistency, degree of smoothness and plasticity will vary with the choice of the fatty alcohol component and cosolvent, and the ratio of these components in the vehicle. Preferably, the plasticizer concentration should be balanced so the vehicle has freeze-thaw stability, i.e., does not separate after repeated cycles of solidification (by cooling) and liquefaction (by heating). The term compatible is defined herein to indicate a component which will not cause separation (loss of homogeneity) of the other components at temperatures up to 45C.

It should be understood that the medicament vehicles of this invention can also contain other non-essential ingredients. The vehicle can contain up to l0 weight percent of conventional pharmaceutical adjuvants. These adjuvants or additives are used to improve consistency, emolliency, homogeneity, spreadability, texture and appearance of the vehicle or its residual film or the stability of the medicament. They can be used to give a residual film, varying degrees of continuity, flexibility, adhesion, occlusion, water repellancy, washability, and the like. Suitable auxiliary adjuvants include hydrocarbons ranging from liquid petrolatum to solid paraffins and waxes, beeswax, saturated fatty acids having from 16 to 24 carbons such as stearic acid, palmitic acid, behenic acid; fatty acid amides such as oleamide, palmitamide, stearamide, behenamide; and esters of fatty acids having'from 14 to 24 carbons such as isopropyl myristate sorbitan monostearate, polyethylene glycol monostearate, propylene glycol monostearate and the corresponding monoand diesters of other fatty acids such as oleic and acid and palmitic acid. It is preferable that the fatty acids be saturated and the fatty acids and amides be substantially free from irritating amounts of acids or amides having fewer than l4 carbons. Other optional adjuvants include miscellaneous natural products such as wool fat, wool alcohol, cholesterol and its derivatives, lecithin and proteins such as gelatin, casein, soyabean protein, egg albumen. Finely dispersed mineral solids useful as thickeners include colloidal clays such as bentonite and polyvalent metal hydroxides such as magnesium hydroxide. Suitable chemical stabilizers include citric acid and other agents to adjust pH, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid and its salts and other chelating or sequestering agents, propyl gallate, butylated hydroxy anisole or toluene, and other 1 6 antioxidants. I i by conventional techniques. A bulky, insoluble powder The medicament vehicle of this invention is essenshould be mixed beforehand with a small proportion of tially a non-aqueous base, that is, it is not an aqueous the base mixture, propylene carbonate, or propylene emulsion and consequently is not a cream in the glycol, and then blended with the remainder of the usual sense. It is preferably totally anhydrous, but can base. The products are usually improved by passing contain minor amounts of water such as up to 3 percent them through an ointment or roller mill. Coal tar, ichwater. The water concentration should not be sufficient th m l, b l m P ru and other that require special to cause separation of the other vehicle components or processing in greasy bases can be readily incorporated precipita e medicam nts dis l ed in h hi l 10 in the base of this invention. The medicaments can be The ehicle Of this n ent can b made thoroughly incorporated into the final base or introduced into the mixing the components at ambient or elevated p base mixture with one of its components. Heat sensitive fltllfes- Preferably the components are thoroughly medicaments (in particular some antibiotics) can be mixed while each is in a liquid state, and the mixture is di l d suspended i a small amount of propylene Cooled with good agitation to room temperature Pfefcarbonate, glycol cosolvent or other liquid, and then erably, additional mechanical agitation and/0r Shock mixed with the vehicle during or after its preparation. cooling steps are used as intermediate or final steps in Th amount f dica nt to be incorporated into the manufacturing process 110 impart more homogenethe base of course depend upon the type of mediity of improved teXture' Process equipment for these cament and its intended use; the determination of suittechniques includes heat exchangers, Propeller mixers, 2O able medicament concentrations is a routine matter Colloid mills, hom g iz r roller mills and the likefully within the conventional skill of the art. In general, The base Of this invention can be used as a Vehicle for therapeutically effective amounts of the medicament all types of medicaments or therapeutic agents for topiare incorporated i h hi l Cal application including antibiotics such as y y The vehicle of this invention is particularly suitable Cline, chloftetl'acyclinei streptomycin, bacitracin, 01110- 5 for use with anti-inflammatory topical steroids repreramphenicol, tyrothricin and the like; steroids having ented b F l I, II and III.

(I) (II) (III) anti-inflammatory or other beneficial activity; antihis- In the above formulas tamines such as prophenpyridamine maleate and di- R1 is hy r gen, methyl, flu0r0,or chloro and when Z phenhydramine hydrochloride; anesthetics such as is a single bond, R, can be either a or B oriented; benzocaine and lidocaine; antibacterials including io- 2 is hy g n, chloro, dine; iodochlorohydroxyquin, nitrofurazone, sulfanila- 3 is ketO mide and derivatives, and behzalkonium chloride; funa glcldes such as undecylentc acid vitamins such as Vitamin A derivatives; and other therapeutic agents including coal tar, balsam Peru, ammoniated mercury, anwherein R is hydrogen, hydroxy, chloro, or fluoro; thralin, chrysarobin, ichthammol, sulfur and the like. R is hydrogen, methyl, hydroxy, or a conventional The medicaments can be incorporated into this base hydrolyzable ester thereof;

7 R is hydrogen, hydroxy, a conventional hydrolyzable ester thereof, or when taken together with R,,',

wherein R is hydrogen or alkyl of up to eight carbons, and

R is hydrogen, or alkyl or an aryl group of up to eight carbons;

R is hydroxy, conventional hydrolyzable esters thereof, tetrahydropyranyloxy, tetrahydrofuranyloxy, 4-(lower)alkoxytetrahydropyran-4-yloxy, lower alkoxy, lower cycloalkoxy, lower cycloalkenyloxy, chloro, or fluoro;

R and R are hydrogen, methyl, phenyl, chlorophenyl, fluorophenyl, methylphenyl, or methoxyphenyl (the substituted phenyls preferably being substituted in the para position);

R and R each is hydrogen, chloro or fluoro;

Z, and Z each is a single bond, double bond, or

The terms (lower)alkyl and derivations thereof appearing in the above definitions and elsewhere in the instant specification denote alkyl groups having from one to six carbon atoms, inclusive, such as methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl, t-butyl, pentyl, amyl, hexyl, and the like.

The term conventional hydrolyzable ester as used herein denotes those hydrolyzable ester groups conventional employed in the steriod art, preferably those derived from hydrocarbon carboxylic acids or phosphoric acids and their salts. The term hydrocarbon carboxylic acid" defines both substituted and unsubstituted hydrocarbon carboxylic acids. These acids can be completely saturated or possess varying degrees of unsaturation (including aromatic), can be of straight chain, branched chain, or cyclic structure, and preferably contain from one to 12 carbon atoms. In addition, they can be substituted by functional groups, for example, hydroxy, alkoxy containing up to six carbon atoms, acyloxy containing up to 12 carbon atoms, nitro, amino, halogeno, and the like, attached to the hydrocarbon backbone chain. Typical conventional hydrolyzable esters thus included within the scope of the term and the instant invention are acetate, propionate, butyrate, valerate, caproate, enanthate, caprylate, pelargonate, acrylate, undecenoate, phenoxyacetate, benzoate, phenylacetate, diphenylacetate, diethylacetate, trimethylacetate, t-butylacetate, trimethylhexanoate, methylneopentylacetate, cyclohexylacetate, cyclopentylpropionate, adamantoate, glycolate, methoxyacetate, hemisuccinate, hemiadipate, hemi-B,B-dimethylglutarate, acetoxyacetate, 2-chloro-4-nitrobenzoate, aminoacetate, diethylaminoacetate, piperidinoacetate, B-chloropropionate, trichloroacetate, B-chlorobutyrate, dihydrogen phosphate, dibenzyl phosphate, benzyl hydrogen phosphate, sodium benzyl phosphate, cyclohexylammonium benzyl phosphate, sodium phenyl phosphate, sodium ethyl phosphate, di-p-nitrobenzyl phosphate, sodium o-methoxyphenyl phosphate, cyclohexylammonium p-cyanobenzyl phosphate, sodium phenacyl phosphate, benzyl o-carbomethoxyphenyl phosphate, and the like.

By the term aryl are included aryl, aralkyl, and alkaryl groups, such as phenyl, p-chlorophenyl, pmethoxyphenyl, benzyl, phen'ethyl, tolyl, ethylphenyl, and the like. The wavy line I designates and includes both the alpha and beta configurations.

The above anti-inflammatory steroids have been previously disclosed in US. Pat. Nos. 3,365,446, 3,067,194, 3,364,203, 3,053,838 and 3,513,162, for example.

The above anti-inflammatory topical medicaments are thoroughly mixed with the base in therapeutically effective amounts. The particular concentration of the medicament in the base will vary depending upon the particular activity of the steroid used considered in conjunction with the condition and subject to be treated. In general, therapeutically effective amounts of these compounds can be as low as 0.00001 weight percent or lower, for example. For some uses, as high as 5 weight percent steroid or higher may be desired.

The medicament base of this invention has been found to be particularly suitable for use with topical corticoids, for example, 6a-fluoro-11 B-hydroxy- 16a,17a-isopropylidenedioxy-2lacetoxypregna-l ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione, fluocinolone acetonide (6a,9a-

difluoro-l 113,2 1 -dihydroxy-1 501,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione), fluocinolide 16aacetoxy-6a,9a-difluoro-l 1,8- hydroxy- 1 601,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-1 ,4- diene-3,20-dione), 901,1 1B-dichloro-6a-f1uoro-2lhydroxy-l601,17a'isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione, 911,1 1B-dichloro-6a,2ldifluoro- 1601,17a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-1,4-diene-3,20- dione and 901,1 18,21- trichloro-6a-fluoro-l 601,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione.

This invention is further illustrated by the following specific but non-limiting examples.

EXAMPLE 1 The following ingredients are mixed at 80C and cooled to room temperature with good agitation.

Concentration, Wt. Percent Ingredients Stearyl alcohol Sorbitan monostearate Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate (Tween Propylene glycol Propylene carbonate Carboxy vinyl polymer (Carbopol) EXAMPLE 3 The following ingredients are mixed at 80C and cooled to room temperature with good agitation.

Ingredients Concentration, Wt. Percent Propylene carbonate 15.0 15.0 Dipropylene glycol 53.0 Propylene glycol 50.0 Stearyl alcohol 30.0 Cetyl alcohol 32.0 Carboxy vinyl polymer 1.0 (Carbopol) Sorbitan monostearate 1.0 3.0

EXAMPLE 4 Each of 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0 gm. quantities of the following anti-inflammatory steroids, when incorporated into 1,000 gm. the mixtures described in Example 1, are effective for topical treatment of inflammation:

901-1 1 3-dichloro-6a-fluoro-2 l -hydroxy-1 601,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

9a-fluoro-1 13,1 711,2 1 -trihydroxy- 1 63-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione,

9a-fluoro- 1 13,21 -dihydroxy-l 63-methyl-1 7avaleroxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

l701,2l-dihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,1 1,20-trione,

l7a-hydroxy-2 l -acetoxypregn-4-ene-3,l 1,20-trione, 21-hydroxypregn-4-ene-3 ,20-dione, 21-acetoxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, 21-pivaloxypregn-4-3,20-dione,

9a-fluoro-l 13,17a,21-trihydroxy-l 6a-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20 -dione,

9a-fluoro-l 13,1701,21-trihydroxy-16a-methylpregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione-2 l-sodium phosphate,

6a,9a-difluoro-l l3,2l-dihydroxy-l6a,17a-isopropylidenedioxypregna- 1 ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

60:,9a-difluoro-1 l3-hydroxy-1 601,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxy-Z 1 -acetoxypregna-1 ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

60z-methyl-9a-fluoro-1 13,17a-dihydroxypregna-l,4- diene-3,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-1 13,1 701,2 1 -trihydroxypregna-1 ,4-diene- 3,20-dione, a-fluoro-l 13,21-dihydroxy-16a,l 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-l l3,2l-dihydroxy-16a,17a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

1 13,170z-dihydroxy-21-acetoxypregn-4-ene-3,20- dione,

6a-methyl-1 13,1 711,2 l-trihydroxypregna-l ,4-diene- 3,20-dione, a-methyl-l 13,17a-dihydroxy-2l-acetoxypregna- 1 ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-l 13,17a,21-trihydroxy-16a-methylpregna-l,4-diene-3,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-l 13,170z-dihydroxy-l6a-methyl-21- acetoxypregna-l ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-l 13,17a-dihydroxy-l6a-methyl-2lvaleroxypregna- 1 ,4-diene-3 ,ZO-dione,

60z-fluoro-l l3-hydroxy-l6a,17a-isopropylidenedioxy-2 l -acetoxypregnal ,4-diene-3,20-dione,


1 13,17a-dihydroxy-2l-acetoxypregna-l,4-diene- 3,20-dione,

l7a,2 1 -dihydroxypregna- 1 ,4-diene-3,l 1,20-trione,

l7a-hydroxy-2 l -acetoxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,l 1,20- trione,

9a-fluoro-1 13,16a,1704,2l-tetrahydroxypregna-l,4- diene-3,20-dione,

9a-fluoro-l 13,1601,17a-trihydroxy-2l-acetoxypregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione,

9a-fluoro-1 13,2 1 -dihydroxy-1 601,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-9a,l l3-dichloro-1 602,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxy-2 1 -hydroxypregna-1 ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione,

6a,9a-difluoro-l 13,21-dihydroxy-16a-methyl-170zvaleroxypregna-l ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione,

6a,9a-difluoro-l 13,1701,2l-trihydroxy-l6a-methylpregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

6a,7a-difluoromethylene-l l3,17a,21-trihydroxypregn-4-ene-3,20-dione,

6a-fluoro-l 13,2 1 -dihydroxy- 1 a-methylpregna- 1 ,4- diene-3,20 dione,

6a,9a-difluoro-l l3-hydroxy-1 604,1 7a-isopropylidenedioxy-Z 1 -chloropregnal ,4-diene-3,20-dione,

901,1 13-dichloro-6a,2l-difluoro-16a,l7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3,20-dione', and

901,1 13,21-trichloro-6a-fluoro-16a,l 7a-isopropylidenedioxypregna-l ,4-diene-3 ,20-dione.

EXAMPLE 5 Repeating the procedure of Example 1 with a. from 5 to 40 percent of a fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons, e.g. cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, etc.;

b. from 1 to 40 percent of propylene carbonate;

c. from 25 to percent glycol cosolvent such as 1,2-

propanediol, 1,3-propanediol, polyethylene glycol (M.W. to 800), dipropylene glycol, etc., the weight ratio of the glycol solvent to propylene carbonate being at least 1:2;

d. a stabilizing quantity of a surfactant such as sorbitan monooleate; and

e. from 0 to 15 percent compatible plasticizer, e.g.,

carboxy vinyl polymer (Carbopol) yields an improved medicament base according to this invention.

EXAMPLE 6 Repeating the procedure of Example 4 with the ingredients of Example 5 yields improved compositions for topical treatment of inflammation according to this invention.

We claim:

1. A substantially anhydrous vehicle composition consisting essentially of a. from 5 to 40 weight percent of saturated fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons;

b. from 1 to 40 weight percent of propylene carbonate;

c. from 25 to 85 weight percent of glycol cosolvent,

weight ratio of the glycol solvent to propylene carbonate being at least 1:2;

d. a stabilizing amount of surfactant;

e. from to 15 weight percent of compatible plasticizer; and

f. from 0 to 3 weight percent water; said vehicle composition being particularly suitable for providing an occlusive film, for releasing topically active cortico-steroids which are soluble in propylene carbonate, and for distributing medication over the skin surface and maintaining it there until beneficial action occurs.

2. The composition of claim 1 comprising a. from to 30 weight percent of saturated fatty alcohol having from 16 to 24 carbons;

b. from 5 to 30 weight percent of propylene carbonate;

c. from 30 to weight percent of glycol cosolvent,

the weight ratio of glycol solvent to propylene carbonate being at least 1:1;

d. from 0.1 to 10 weight percent surfactant;

e. from O to 15 weight percent of compatible plasticizer, and

f. from O to 3 weight percent water.

3. The composition of claim 2 wherein the compatible plasticizer concentration is from 0.1 to 5 weight percent.

4. The composition of claim 1 wherein the weight ratio of the glycol cosolvent to propylene carbonate is at least 1:1.

5. The composition of claim 1 wherein the weight ratio of the glycol cosolvent to propylene carbonate is

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U.S. Classification514/772, 514/179
International ClassificationA61K47/00, A61K9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61K9/0014
European ClassificationA61K9/00M3