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(11)EP 3 003 249 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
16.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/38

(21)Application number: 14734848.6

(22)Date of filing:  28.05.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A61K 8/40(2006.01)
A61K 8/84(2006.01)
A61K 8/19(2006.01)
A61Q 17/00(2006.01)
A61K 8/04(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/FI2014/050430
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/191631 (04.12.2014 Gazette  2014/49)

(54)

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LOW ALCOHOL CONTENT DISINFECTION FOAMS

VERFAHREN ZUR HERSTELLUNG VON DESINFEKTIONSSCHÄUMEN MIT GERINGEM ALKOHOLGEHALT

METHODE DE FABRICATION DE MOUSSES DE DÉSINFECTION À FAIBLE TENEUR EN ALCOOL


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 28.05.2013 FI 20135578

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.04.2016 Bulletin 2016/15

(73)Proprietor: Nolla Antimicrobial Limited
VLT1432 Valletta (MT)

(72)Inventors:
  • PÖYRY, Juha-Pekka
    33470 Ylöjärvi (FI)
  • NIEMINEN, Jyri
    33470 Ylöjärvi (FI)

(74)Representative: Laine IP Oy 
Porkkalankatu 24
00180 Helsinki
00180 Helsinki (FI)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-02/30204
WO-A1-2013/026961
US-A1- 2005 186 151
US-A1- 2006 281 663
WO-A1-99/40791
JP-A- H07 188 698
US-A1- 2006 057 075
US-A1- 2006 292 086
  
      
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    Description

    Field of Invention



    [0001] The invention relates to disinfection compositions. In particular, the present invention relates to novel multipurpose disinfection foams and foamable compositions. It also concerns methods of manufacturing such foams and compositions as well as to the uses thereof.

    Background Art



    [0002] Alcohol hand sanitizers are widely accepted and used in the hospital and healthcare sectors. There are disadvantages in alcohol-based sanitizers. Thus, there is a lack of user comfortability and antimicrobial performance, especially long-term antimicrobial performance, is poor. There is no residual activity. Hands will be contaminated right after alcohol has evaporated, and the thickening agent used in the sanitizers will form a residual layer on the sanitized object, such as the user's hands, and offers a good substrate for microbial growth. Also alcohol itself can cause drying and irritation of skin. Alcohol is not effective against all known pathogens.

    [0003] Patent publication WO 2012018888 describes an antiseptic liquid formulation, a method for its use, and a method for preparing the formulation. It contains a mixture of EDTA chelated silver ion and polyquaternium-69 polymer, which is said to bond chelated silver ions on the skin, and improve long term performance.

    [0004] Silver based sanitizers suffer from stability problems, causing discoloration and performance issues. Also colloidal and particle based silver sanitizers can agglomerate and cause concentration differences.

    [0005] Antimicrobial compositions are also described in JP 3406970, WO 2013/026961, WO 2012/144476 and US 2009/0246258. JP H07 188698 discloses an amphoteric surfactant for use in cosmetic products such as shampoo comprising a polyethyleneimine derivative.

    [0006] None of the earlier publications discloses foams or foamable compositions which are stable and which exhibit an extended antimicrobial effect.

    Summary of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0007] There is a need for new and improved sanitizers which are low in alcohol content while simultaneously providing long-term effect.

    [0008] There is also a need for methods of providing such compositions.

    Solution to Problem



    [0009] The present invention is based on the idea of formulating a multipurpose disinfection foam having low levels of alcohol, by mixing together water, foaming agent, and polymeric type silver ion source, optionally together with other components.

    [0010] The present disinfection foams comprise a polymeric type silver ion source of the type formed by a silver salt of polyethyleneimine polymer.

    [0011] It has been found that during formation of the polymer silver source, water molecules cause lack of stability to the final product. It is a feature of the present technology to produce polymeric silver source without any water.

    [0012] The present invention concerns a method as defined in claim 1.

    Advantageous Effects of Invention



    [0013] Considerable advantages are obtained by the present technical solution. Thus, a foaming low alcohol content hand sanitizer is provided which has excellent long lasting antimicrobial activity, enhanced stability and skin-feel properties over alcohol-based sanitizers. Foam sanitizer leaves smooth moisturized surface on skin without sticky residue, even after multiple applications. Silver ions eliminate effectively virus, bacteria, yeast and mold.

    [0014] Enhanced stability of the composition is a considerable advantage. As will be discussed in more detail, during formation of the polymer silver source, by operating under in non-aqueous conditions, a stable product is obtained. Should the polymer, e.g. polyethylene imine, contain water, such water can also be removed before the addition of the silver salt to reach proper stability.

    [0015] The foams and foamable compositions are suitable for sanitizing and cleansing or even disinfection of humans, animals and other living objects, as well as for treating, for example for the same purposes as mentioned above, inanimate objects, such as surfaces (e.g. door handles) which, when contaminated, become vehicles for communicable diseases.

    [0016] Next, preferred embodiments will be examined more closely.

    Detailed Description of Embodiments



    [0017] As discussed above, the present disinfection foams or foamable compositions contain only small amounts of alcohol, and they basically comprise water, at least one foaming agent, and a polymeric type silver ion source. In particular, the polymeric type silver ion source is obtained by forming it without water. The latter feature includes the alternative of removing water from a water-containing polymer.

    [0018] The polymer type silver ion source is a surprisingly beneficial antimicrobial additive for an antimicrobial foam or foamable composition according invention. Very low concentrations of silver ions are needed. Typically the concentration of the silver ions ranges from 10 to 2000 parts per million, especially from 20 to 200 parts per million of silver, calculated from the total weight of the composition.

    [0019] Specific silver salts can be dispersed with polyethyleneimine to form stabile ionic dispersions, where silver ions are associated with amine groups of polyethyleneimine with ionic bonds.

    [0020] Suitable silver salts to form polymeric silver ion source are preferably inorganic salts, such as silver chloride or silver sulfate, or organic salts, such as silver lactate. A polymeric silver ion source, of the present kind, is capable of forming molecular layers of silver polymer on skin.

    [0021] Unexpectedly it was found that during polymer silver source formation any water molecules cause lack of stability to the final product. It is preferred to produce polymeric silver sources without any water. In case the polymer, e.g. polyethyleneimine, contains water, such water shall be removed before the addition of the silver salt. The problems relating to the presence of water has not been recognized earlier in the art.

    [0022] Generally, the present compositions comprise at least the following components: water, foaming agent, and a polymeric type silver ion source. In addition, for use with humans, there can be agents which improve compatibility with skin contact and for adjusting pH. Examples include betaine for moisturizing effect and improved and skin feel, and lactic acid for adjustment of pH.

    [0023] The alcohol content of the novel foams is low, less than 3.0 % by weight of the total composition, in particular the total amount of lower alkanols (in particular ethanol) is less than 2.5 %, preferably less than 1.0 % by weight of the total composition. In one preferred embodiment, foams are produced which are free or essentially free (content less than 0.5 % by weight) of alkanol.

    [0024] The polymeric type silver ion source of the foam comprises a silver salt of polyethyleneimine polymer, in particular a silver salt of a polyethyleneimine polymer having a molecular weight of about 1,000 to 150,000 g/mol, for example about 20,000 to 120,000 g/mol, in particular about 35,000 to 100,000 g/mol.

    [0025] In the foam or foamable composition according to the present invention, it is particularly preferred that the polymeric silver ion source is formed without water. Water is removed as discussed in the below example, before the polymeric components is contacted with a silver salt.

    [0026] The water content of the polymeric component (before it is being contacted with the silver salt) is less than 1.0 %, suitably less than 0.5 %, for example less than 0.1 by weight of the polymer.

    [0027] The non-aqueous polymer is then dispersed in a suitable medium, such as an alkanol, and contacted with a silver salt. The weight ratio of polymer to silver salt depends on the polymer and the silver salt used. Typically the weight ratio is about 5000:1 to 1:1, in particular 500:1 to 3:1, preferably about 250:1 to 4:1, for example about 50:1 to 5:1.

    [0028] Contacting is preferably carried out under conditions conducive to achieving a reaction, in particular a chemical reaction, between the polymeric component and the silver component.

    [0029] In one embodiment, the contacting step is continued until a clear solution of the polymeric component and the silver component is obtained. Typically, there is formed a soluble silver salt of the polymer and silver ions.

    [0030] Although the composition is remarkably stable when prepared as explained herein, for further stabilizing the obtained solution, a stabilizing component can be added. Examples of such components are substances and compounds carrying sulfonamide functional group(s).

    [0031] Thus, the stabilizer can for example be selected from the group comprising saccharin, cyclamic acid, sulfadiazine and acesulfame, saccharin being particularly preferred.

    [0032] The stabilizers can also comprise organic acids, such as carboxylic acids, sulfonic acids and amino acids, phosphates, esters, aldehydes, ketones, zwitterionic compounds, titanates and their organic derivatives, silanes and their organic derivatives and organosulphur compounds.

    [0033] The content of the stabilizer is typically 0.001 to 2.5 parts by weight, in particular 0.005 to 1 part by weight.

    [0034] In the foamable composition, one or more foaming agents are further used. Such foaming agents can be selected from surface active compounds (i.e. surfactants). Typical foaming agents are sodium, magnesium and aluminium laureth sulfate and various amino oxide surfactants - in the compositions presented below lauramine oxide has been used. The content of the foaming agents is dependent on the chemical identity thereof; typically 0.01 to 10 parts by weight are added for 100 parts of water.

    [0035] By mixing with water a composition formed by the polymeric silver salt, residues of alkanol, foaming agent(s), optionally together with stabilizer and adjuvants as explained above, a stable foam in obtained. Water makes up a majority of the foamable composition, typically 80 to 100 % by weight of the total composition is water.

    [0036] The term "stable" when used in present context, generally stands for foams which do not settle significantly and which do not exhibit significant discoloration and loss of antimicrobial efficiency.

    [0037] The present compositions have long shelf life. In one embodiment, there is essentially no agglomeration or discernible discoloration of the foams over at least 30 minutes, preferably at least 2 hours, in particular at least 12 hours, advantageously at least 24 hours, suitably at least 96 hours from foaming. When kept in containers protected from natural light, there is essentially no agglomeration or discoloration of the foamable composition over at least 24 hours, in particular at least 7 days.

    [0038] A foam produced as explained herein has a low level of alcohol, in particular the alcohol content, in terms of the total weight of ethanol and isopropyl alcohol, is less than 2.0 parts by weight, preferably less than 1.0 part by weight. Typically, the alcohol content is a residue of the alkanol used for the step of contacting the polymer with the silver salt. Thus, in one embodiment, the alkanol concentration is so small that the alkanol is of essentially no antimicrobial effect, at least not when compared with the silver component.

    [0039] The pH of the foamable aqueous composition is typically in the range of 5.0 to 8.3, although these end points are not limiting. In one embodiment, the pH is preferably about 6.0 to 7.8, for example 6.5 to 7.5.

    [0040] Based on the above, the present compositions can, in particular, contain the following components:
    • water 50 to 100 parts by weight, in particular 90 to 100 parts by weight;
    • a neutral chemical compound with a positively charged cationic functional group such as a quaternary ammonium or phosphonium, such as betaine, 0 to 5 parts by weight, in particular 0.1 to 3 parts by weight;
    • a foaming agent, such as lauramine oxide, 0.05 to 5 parts by weight, in particular 0.1 to 3 parts by weight;
    • a lower alcohol, such as isopropyl alcohol, 0 to 5 parts by weight, in particular 0.1 to 3 parts by weight;
    • a polymer, in particular polyethylene imine, e.g. PEI-1750, 0.01 to 10 parts by weight, in particular 0.05 to 5 parts by weight;
    • hydroxy acid, such as lactic acid, 0 to 10 parts by weight, in particular 0.01 to 2 parts by weight;
    • silver salt, such as silver chloride, 0.001 to 2.5 parts by weight, in particular 0.005 to 1 part by weight; and
    • stabilizing compound(s), such as saccharin, 0.001 to 2.5 parts by weight, in particular 0.005 to 1 part by weight.


    [0041] Antimicrobial foam of invention is especially suitable for hand sanitizer foams, shaving foams, dry cleansing foams for full body, leave on shampoos, face cleansing foams and multipurpose dry cleaning.

    Examples



    [0042] The inventive formulation achieves an unexpectedly large amount of quality, stable foam achieves enhanced and prolonged antimicrobial efficacy through the combination of silver ion activity and smooth distribution of silver ions.

    [0043] The following non-limiting examples are provided for illustrative purposes only.

    Example 1. Foam with a silver concentration of 90 ppm



    [0044] A foamable antimicrobial composition of the invention was provided by first preparing silver polymer. Commercially available polyethyleneimine (PEI) grade (Epomin P-1050, Nippon Shokubai, molecular weight 70 000 g/mol) with high molecular weight was chosen for its low toxicity values. 51.14 g of Epomin P-1050 grade contains 25.57 g of water which was removed before the silver polymer was prepared. The water phase disturbs the reaction with the silver salt and can lead to unstable silver polymer, for which reason water was removed at elevated temperature of 100 °C under high vacuum. 25.57 g of PEI was then dissolved in 118.83 g of isopropyl alcohol to obtain easily mixable polymer solution. The solution was reacted together with 3.57 g of fine grain grade of silver chloride (Silver (I) chloride, Colonial Metals, MESH 325) by mixing at room temperature until a clear colorless solution was formed.

    [0045] The obtained solution was further reacted with 2.03 g of acid saccharin (E-954, Productos Aditivos) to stabilize the silver polymer. Said solution was diluted with 295.83 litres of deionized water under vigorous mixing to obtain a solution with a silver content of 90 ppm. 120.0 g of lauramine oxide (Ammonyx LO, Stepan Company) was added to the solution to obtain foamable solution. For moisturizing effect and improved and skin feel 240.0 g of natural betaine (Betafin BP-20, DuPont) was added under stirring. Finally, the pH of the solution was adjusted to neutral 7 with an addition of 6.0 g of lactic acid. A clear stabile liquid was obtained having the following composition (the percentages are based on the weight of the total composition):

    Aqua (98.28 %)

    Betaine (0.80 %)

    Lauramine oxide (0.40 %)

    Isopropyl alcohol (0.39 %)

    PEI-1750 (0.08 %)

    Lactic acid (0.03 %)

    Silver chloride (0.01 %)

    Saccharin (0.01 %)



    [0046] According to Hjelt Institute evaluation, the above formulation gives a log6 result in EN1500 standard test by reducing microbial activity up to 99.9999 %. The result is excellent compared to alcohol based sanitizers.

    Example 2



    [0047] Similarly, an antimicrobial foaming composition of the invention was prepared by first dissolving 2.29 g of polyethyleneimine (Epomin SP-018, Nippon Shokubai, molecular weight 1 800) with 7.09 g of isopropyl alcohol under vigorous mixing. Said solution was reacted with 0.34 g of silver chloride (Silver (I) chloride, Colonial Metals, MESH 325) and a clear colorless solution was formed. Obtained solution was further reacted with 0.18 g of acid saccharin (E-954, Productos Aditivos) to stabilize the silver polymer. Said solution was diluted with 2.96 litres of deionized water under vigorous mixing to obtain a solution with a silver content of 84 ppm. 4.50 g of PEG-12 dimethicone (SM3350P, KCC Silicones) and 12.00 g of decyl glucoside (Oramix NS10, Seppic) was added to the solution to obtain foamable solution. For moisturizing effect and improved and skin feel 15.00 g of natural betaine (Betafin BP-20, DuPont) was added under stirring.

    [0048] According to Turku University of Applied Science ISO22196 test, the formula of Example 2 gave > log 5 microbial reduction.

    Industrial Applicability



    [0049] The present invention can be used in hospital and healthcare sectors, but it can also be used in households and for sporting and outdoor (outing) applications. In this respect the composition can be characterized as being a multipurpose disinfection foam or foamable composition, which is suitable for two or more purposes selected from the group of disinfecting, sanitizing and cleansing of humans of animals and of inanimate objects.

    [0050] The invention achieves manufacture of disinfection foam and foamable compositions which have properties of antimicrobial activity and which are suitable for hand sanitizers, shaving foams, dry cleansing foams for full body treatment, leave on shampoos, face cleansing and multipurpose dry cleaning.

    List of References


    Patent Literature



    [0051] 

    WO 2012/018888

    JP 3406970

    WO 2013/026961

    WO 2012/144476

    US 2009/0246258




    Claims

    1. A method of producing a foam composition having levels of alcohol being less than 3.0 % by weight of the total composition, comprising mixing together water, foaming agent, and a silver salt of polyethyleneimine, wherein said silver salt of polyethyleneimine is prepared so that a polyethyleneimine polymer is freed from water before being mixed with a silver salt, wherein the water content of the polyethyleneimine before it is being contacted with the silver salt is less than 1.0 % by weight of the polymer.
     
    2. The method according to claim 1, wherein the silver salt is silver chloride, silver sulfate or silver lactate.
     
    3. The method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the foaming agent is lauramine oxide.
     
    4. The method according to any of claims 1-3 comprising a further step of adding a stabilizing compound to said foam composition.
     
    5. The method according to claim 4, wherein said stabilizing compound is saccharin.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Herstellen einer Schaumzusammensetzung, die Alkoholniveaus aufweist, die kleiner sind als 3,0 Gew.-% der gesamten Zusammensetzung, das das Vermischen von Wasser, Schaummittel und eines Polyethylenimin-Silbersalzes umfasst, wobei das Polyethylenimin-Silbersalz derart zubereitet ist, dass ein Polyethylenimin-Polymer aus Wasser freigesetzt wird, bevor es mit einem Silbersalz gemischt wird, wobei der Wassergehalt des Polyethylenimins, bevor es mit dem Silbersalz kontaktiert wird, kleiner ist als 1,0 Gew.-% des Polymers.
     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Silbersalz Silberchlorid, Silbersulfat oder Silberlaktat ist.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei das Schaummittel Lauraminoxid ist.
     
    4. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, das weiter einen Schritt des Hinzufügens einer Stabilisationsverbindung zu der Schaumzusammensetzung umfasst.
     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Stabilisationsverbindung Saccharin ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de production d'une composition de mousse présentant des niveaux d'alcool inférieurs à 3,0% en poids de la composition totale, comprenant le mélange mutuel d'eau, d'un agent moussant et d'un sel d'argent de polyéthylèneimine, dans lequel ledit sel d'argent de polyéthylèneimine est préparé de telle sorte qu'un polymère de polyéthylèneimine est dégagé de l'eau avant d'être mélangé à un sel d'argent, dans lequel la teneur en eau du polyéthylèneimine avant qu'il n'entre en contact avec le sel d'argent est inférieure à 1,0 % en poids du polymère.
     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le sel d'argent est du chlorure d'argent, du sulfate d'argent ou du lactate d'argent.
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'agent moussant est de l'oxyde de lauramine.
     
    4. Procédé selon l'une des revendications 1 à 3, comprenant une étape supplémentaire d'ajout d'un composé de stabilisation à ladite composition de mousse.
     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit composé de stabilisation est de la saccharine.
     






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