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Ghose A.K.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | Ott G.R.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | Hudkins R.L.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc.
ACS Chemical Neuroscience | Year: 2017

At the discovery stage, it is important to understand the drug design concepts for a CNS drug compared to those for a non-CNS drug. Previously, we published on ideal CNS drug property space and defined in detail the physicochemical property distribution of CNS versus non-CNS oral drugs, the application of radar charting (a graphical representation of multiple physicochemical properties used during CNS lead optimization), and a recursive partition classification tree to differentiate between CNS- and non-CNS drugs. The objective of the present study was to further understand the differentiation of physicochemical properties between CNS and non-CNS oral drugs by the development and application of a new CNS scoring scheme: Technically Extended MultiParameter Optimization (TEMPO). In this multiparameter method, we identified eight key physicochemical properties critical for accurately assessing CNS druggability: (1) number of basic amines, (2) carbon-heteroatom (non-carbon, non-hydrogen) ratio, (3) number of aromatic rings, (4) number of chains, (5) number of rotatable bonds, (6) number of H-acceptors, (7) computed octanol/water partition coefficient (AlogP), and (8) number of nonconjugated C atoms in nonaromatic rings. Significant features of the CNS-TEMPO penalty score are the extension of the multiparameter approach to generate an accurate weight factor for each physicochemical property, the use of limits on both sides of the computed property space range during the penalty calculation, and the classification of CNS and non-CNS drug scores. CNS-TEMPO significantly outperformed CNS-MPO and the Schrödinger QikProp CNS parameter (QP_CNS) in evaluating CNS drugs and has been extensively applied in support of CNS lead optimization programs. © 2016 American Chemical Society.


Vandewalker M.,Clinical Research of the Ozarks | Hickey L.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | Small C.J.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc.
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings | Year: 2017

Background: Breath-actuated inhalers (BAI) eliminate the need for hand-breath coordination and, therefore, simplify the delivery of inhaled medication. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of beclomethasone dipropionate BAI and metered-dose inhaler (MDI) versus placebo in pediatric patients ages 4-11 years with persistent asthma. Methods: In this double-blind, double-dummy, phase III study, 628 children with persistent asthma were randomly assigned (1:1:1:1:1) to twice-daily beclomethasone dipropionate (BAI 80 μg/day, BAI 160 μg/day, MDI 80 μg/day, or MDI 160 μg/day) or to placebo. Efficacy over 12 weeks was assessed by spirometry, peak expiratory flow (PEF) measurements and other clinical end points. The primary efficacy end point was the baseline-adjusted trough morning percent predicted forced expiratory volume in 1 second (PPFEV1) area under the effect curve from 0 to 12 weeks (AUEC[0-12 weeks]). Results: PPFEV1 AUEC(0-12 weeks) showed numerical improvements from baseline in the BAI 80 μg/day and BAI 160 μg/day groups and MDI 80 μg/day and MDI 160 μg/day groups; however, these improvements were not significant versus placebo for any group after hierarchical testing was applied. Consistent improvements were noted in the active treatment groups versus placebo for the weekly average trough morning and evening PEFs, and with BAI 80 μg/day versus placebo for rescue albuterol/salbutamol use and the total daily asthma symptom score. Most patients indicated that the BAI device was easy or very easy to use. Adverse events were comparable across the groups; the incidence of oral candidiasis ranged from 0.8 to 3.2%. Conclusions: Although the primary efficacy end point was not demonstrated, consistent improvements in PEF and other clinical end points were observed with beclomethasone dipropionate BAI, particularly at the 80 μg/day dose. These clinical benefits, combined with the need for better symptom control in children with asthma, supported the development of beclomethasone dipropionate BAI. Copyright © 2017, OceanSide Publications, Inc., U.S.A.


Li A.C.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Yu E.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Ring S.C.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Chovan J.P.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc.
Chemical Research in Toxicology | Year: 2013

Medicinal chemists try to avoid certain organic functional groups, summarized in an ever-growing list, in order to avoid the potential bioactivation to reactive metabolites. To add to that alert list, we report herein that boronic acid-containing compound structures, such as those found in proteasome inhibitors bortezomib and ixazomib, can become bioactivated to chemically reactive imine amide metabolites. Test compounds, ixazomib and bortezomib, were incubated in vitro using human liver fractions containing cytosol and microsomes (S9) under conventional conditions in the presence of GSH. Metabolites were then analyzed using LC-MSn with or without online hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) liquid chromatography coupled with an LTQ-Orbitrap. The exact mass measurements of both the precursor and product ions were acquired through data dependent acquisition and compared with theoretical values of proposed fragment ions. Upon deboronation catalyzed by cytochrome P450 enzymes, both test compounds formed imine amide metabolites that were identified by high resolution exact mass measurements in both normal aqueous and HDX HPLC-MS analysis. GSH conjugates were also identified and were postulated as nucleophilic addition of GSH to the imine amide metabolites. All mass spectrometric and HDX measurements of these GSH conjugates proved that the GSH unit was added to the carbon atom of the imine amide partial structure, hence demonstrating the electrophilic property of these imine amide metabolites. The awareness of the formation of electrophilic imine amide metabolites from boronic acid-containing compounds, where the boron atom is bonded to a carbon atom adjacent to an amide nitrogen, should help in drug candidate design and optimization with regard to avoiding potential bioactivation. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Mesaros E.F.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Ott G.R.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Dorsey B.D.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc.
Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents | Year: 2014

Introduction: Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), a receptor tyrosine kinase from the insulin receptor superfamily, is implicated in the oncogenesis of numerous cancers including anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, non-small-cell lung cancer, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors, glioblastoma, as well as neuroblastoma. The root cause for these specific cancers has been identified as aberrant ALK kinase activity, which has been shown to be associated with specific gene translocations, single-point mutations, gene amplification and/or overexpression. The direct inhibition of ALK with small-molecule inhibitors represents a viable therapeutic intervention that has achieved clinical proof of concept. Areas covered: Small-molecule ALK inhibitors covered in the patent literature from 2010 to September 2013 are described. Relevant peer-reviewed journal articles that describe discovery and development of the above-identified ALK inhibitors are also discussed. Keyword-based (e.g., ALK, anaplastic lymphoma kinase) literature searches were conducted in Scifinder®. Expert opinion: Novel ALK inhibitors continued to be discovered at a fast pace over the covered period, with many distinct chemotypes emerging. Crizotinib received FDA approval in 2011, and six additional ALK inhibitors have entered clinical trials. The focus of ALK research appears to have shifted toward inhibitors that display activity against resistant mutants unearthed in clinical studies with crizotinib. © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd.


Meltzer E.O.,Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center | Jacobs R.L.,Biogenics Research Institute | LaForce C.F.,North Carolina Clinical Research | Kelley C.L.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings | Year: 2012

Intranasal corticosteroids are recommended as first-line therapy for the treatment of the symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis (AR). Since the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon nasal aerosols, intranasal corticosteroids have been available only as aqueous nasal sprays. This study was designed to assess the efficacy, safety, and quality-of-life benefits of beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) hydrofluoroalkane nasal aerosol in subjects with perennial AR (PAR). After a 7- to 21-day placebo run-in period, eligible subjects aged ≥12 years with PAR were randomized to 6 weeks of once-daily treatment with BDP nasal aerosol at 320 μg or placebo. Reflective and instantaneous total nasal symptom scores (rTNSS and iTNSS, respectively), Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (RQLQ) score, and physician-assessed total nasal symptom score were evaluated. The primary end point was change from baseline in average morning (A.M.) and evening (P.M.) subject-reported rTNSS over the 6-week treatment period. Safety and tolerability were also assessed. Treatment with BDP nasal aerosol showed significantly greater improvement in average A.M. and P.M. rTNSS compared with placebo (mean treatment difference,-0.84; 95% confidence interval, -1.2, -0.5; p < 0.001). Greater improvements in rTNSS were reported as early as day 1 and were maintained throughout the 6-week treatment period with the exception of day 2. Greater improvements were seen for all four individual nasal symptoms (nasal congestion, nasal itching, rhinorrhea, and sneezing) with BDP nasal aerosol compared with placebo. Similarly, significant improvements were seen in average A.M. and P.M. iTNSS (p < 0.001) and RQLQ score (p = 0.001) with BDP nasal aerosol compared with placebo. In addition, BDP nasal aerosol treatment was well tolerated, and its safety profile was comparable to that of placebo. This clinical study indicated that treatment with BDP nasal aerosol provides statistically significant and clinically meaningful nasal symptom relief accompanied by improved quality of life in subjects with PAR. Additionally, treatment with BDP nasal aerosol was well tolerated with a safety profile comparable to that of placebo. Copyright © 2012, OceanSide Publications, Inc.


Gross G.N.,Dallas Allergy and Asthma Center | Ford L.B.,Asthma and Allergy Center | Kelley L.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | Tantry S.K.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc.
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings | Year: 2013

Some patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) may prefer a "dry" intranasal corticosteroid aerosol to avoid certain sensory perceptions such as the "wet feeling in the nose" and the "dripping down the throat" associated with aqueous nasal sprays. A nonaqueous hydrofluoroalkane-propelled beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) nasal aerosol with an established efficacy and safety profile was approved to treat the nasal symptoms associated with AR in adult and adolescent patients. This study was designed to evaluate ease of use and patient satisfaction with the BDP nasal aerosol device in patients with perennial AR (PAR). In this phase 3, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study, eligible patients (≥12 years of age) with PAR were randomly assigned to receive BDP nasal aerosol at 320 micrograms/day or placebo for 6 weeks. At the end of the treatment period, patients assessed device ease of use and satisfaction with the device using a questionnaire with a 5-point representative scale (not at all, not very, neither nor, somewhat, very [certain/easy/satisfactory]). Nearly all patients (89.7%) reported that the BDP nasal aerosol device with integrated dose counter was "very easy" or "somewhat easy" to use. The majority of patients (87.5%) also indicated that it was "very easy" or "somewhat easy" to tell when the device was empty, compared with only 42.3% who were "very certain" or "somewhat certain" of being able to tell when previously used aqueous nasal spray devices were empty. Overall, patient satisfaction with the BDP nasal aerosol device was high: 65.7% responded that they were "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" and only 3.6% were "not satisfied at all" or "not very satisfied." These results indicate that the majority of patients considered the BDP nasal aerosol device easy to use and reported a high degree of satisfaction with the device compared with other nasal sprays they had used in the past. Copyright © 2013, OceanSide Publications, Inc.


Flinn I.W.,Sarah Cannon Research Institute Tennessee Oncology | Van Der Jagt R.,University of Ottawa | Kahl B.S.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Wood P.,Princess Alexandra Hospital | And 14 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2014

This randomized, noninferiority (NI), global, phase 3 study evaluated the efficacy and safety ofbendamustineplusrituximab(BR) vs a standard rituximab-chemotherapy regimen (rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone [R-CHOP] or rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone [R-CVP]) for treatmentnaive patients with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or mantle cell lymphoma. Investigators preassigned the standard treatment regimen they considered most appropriate for each patient; patients were randomized to receive BR (n 5 224) or standard therapy (R-CHOP/R-CVP, n 5 223) for 6 cycles; 2 additional cycles were permitted at investigator discretion. Response was assessed by a blinded independent review committee. BR was noninferior to R-CHOP/R-CVP, as assessed by the primary end point of complete response rate (31% vs 25%, respectively; P 5 .0225 for NI [0.88 margin]). The overall response rates for BR and R-CHOP/R-CVP were 97% and 91%, respectively (P 5 .0102). Incidences of vomiting and drug-hypersensitivity reactions were significantly higher in patients treated with BR (P < .05), and incidences of peripheral neuropathy/paresthesia and alopecia were significantly higher in patients treated with standard-therapy regimens (P < .05). These data indicate BR is noninferior to standard therapy with regard to clinical response with an acceptable safety profile. © 2014 by The American Society of Hematology.


Iyer R.R.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R and D Inc. | Pluciennik A.,Thomas Jefferson University | Napierala M.,University of Alabama at Birmingham | Napierala M.,Polish Academy of Sciences | Wells R.D.,Texas A&M University
Annual Review of Biochemistry | Year: 2015

DNA mismatch repair is a conserved antimutagenic pathway that maintains genomic stability through rectification of DNA replication errors and attenuation of chromosomal rearrangements. Paradoxically, mutagenic action of mismatch repair has been implicated as a cause of triplet repeat expansions that cause neurological diseases such as Huntington disease and myotonic dystrophy. This mutagenic process requires the mismatch recognition factor MutSβ and the MutLα (and/or possibly MutLγ) endonuclease, and is thought to be triggered by the transient formation of unusual DNA structures within the expanded triplet repeat element. This review summarizes the current knowledge of DNA mismatch repair involvement in triplet repeat expansion, which encompasses in vitro biochemical findings, cellular studies, and various in vivo transgenic animal model experiments. We present current mechanistic hypotheses regarding mismatch repair protein function in mediating triplet repeat expansions and discuss potential therapeutic approaches targeting the mismatch repair pathway. Copyright © 2015 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.


Given J.,Allergy and Respiratory Center | Taveras H.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Iverson H.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Lepore M.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc.
Allergy and Asthma Proceedings | Year: 2013

Metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) allow patients who require therapy for various respiratory diseases to deliver these therapies directly to the airways via inhalation. MDIs are designed to contain more propellant than required for administration of the labeled number of actuations; therefore, the amount of active medication/actuation remaining after administration of the labeled number of actuations may result in a lower than therapeutic dose of active medication. An MDI with an integrated dose counter provides the only reliable means by which a patient can track the amount of medication remaining in the MDI. This study evaluated the functionality, reliability, accuracy, and patient satisfaction with albuterol sulfate hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) MDI with a new integrated dose counter in the clinical setting. Patients aged 4 years with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or both, participated in this phase 4, prospective, open-label study. Treatment was twice-daily dosing with albuterol HFA MDI at 90 micrograms with dose counter for either 5 or 7 weeks. Concordance/agreement between daily patient recordings of actuations and counter readings was assessed with five discrepancy types: fire not count (undercount; primary end point), count not fire (overcount), fire count up within a dose (counter reading increased, instead of decreased, after MDI was actuated), count unknown fire (counter number at the beginning of a dosing session was less than counter number at the end of the previous session), and count up unknown fire (counter number at the beginning of a dosing session was greater than counter number at the end of the previous session). Responses to twelve questions designed to evaluate confidence, ease of use, and patient satisfaction were also analyzed. Overall discrepancy rate was 1.87 per 200 actuations. Primary end point (fire not count rate) was 0.30 per 200 actuations. Overall, 95-97% of patients were 'very satisfied' or 'somewhat satisfied' with the albuterol HFA MDI with dose counter, its ease of use, and the ability to tell when it should be replaced. The albuterol HFA MDI with new integrated dose counter functioned reliably and accurately in the clinical setting. Overall patient satisfaction was high with the albuterol HFA MDI with new integrated dose counter and the device was shown to function reliably and accurately. Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT01302587. Copyright © 2013, OceanSide Publications, Inc., U.S.A.


McCabe J.C.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Koppenhagen F.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc. | Blair J.,Teva Pharmaceutical Industries | Zeng X.-M.,Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products RandD Inc.
Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery | Year: 2012

Background: Inhaler technique and spray characteristics are critical for adequate management of asthma symptoms with pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs). A lower spray force has been directly associated with a decrease in throat deposition of asthma medication, and a higher spray temperature may alleviate the "cold Freon effect" associated with pMDIs. The objective of the study was to characterize and compare the temperature, maximum spray force, and duration of the emitted plume from two pMDIs: ProAir ® hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) and Ventolin® HFA. Methods: A spray force tester model SFT1000 and thermocouple were used to test 10 units from three separate lots (total of 30 units) of each inhaler type. Three consecutive actuations were tested at a spray distance of 40mm from the edge of the mouthpiece. Room temperature, humidity, and initial weight of the pMDI were recorded. Final weight of each pMDI was recorded to determine the spray weight of individual actuations. pMDIs were primed and operated according to instructions provided in the package insert. Aerodynamic particle size distribution (APSD) was also assessed using a next-generation impactor at a flow rate of 28.3 L/min. Results: Measurements were obtained from three consecutive actuations for each of 30 units of ProAir® HFA and Ventolin® HFA (10 units from three separate lots), resulting in a total of 90 actuations tested for each pMDI. Minimum plume temperatures recorded were 7.2±0.7°C and -35.9±12.7°C, respectively, for ProAir® HFA and Ventolin® HFA. ProAir® HFA produced more than a twofold greater plume duration (385±46 ms vs. 156±58 ms; p<0.001) and a significantly lower mean maximum spray force (33.6±11.4 mN vs. 75.9±12.0 mN; p<0.0001) compared with Ventolin ® HFA. APSD analysis demonstrated that ProAir® HFA produced almost twice as much fine particle (<5μm) dose with lower geometric standard deviation, compared with Ventolin® HFA. Two inhalers produced similar mass median aerodynamic diameters, ranging from 2.3 to 2.4μm. Conclusions: The ProAir® HFA delivers a warmer, lower-impact, and longer-lasting plume compared with Ventolin® HFA, which may provide a more consistent, comfortable experience for patients using a pMDI. ProAir® HFA produces higher fine particle dose than Ventolin® HFA. © 2012 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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