Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ocular Therapeutix Announces FDA Approval of Dextenza (dexamethasone intracanalicular insert) for the Treatment of Ocular Inflammation Following Ophthalmic Surgery

In continuation of my update on Dextenza 
Ocular Therapeutix™, Inc. ), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the formulation, development, and commercialization of innovative therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye,   announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Dextenza to include the treatment of ocular inflammation following ophthalmic surgery as an additional indication. With the approval of the sNDA, Dextenza is now approved for the treatment of both ocular inflammation and pain following ophthalmic surgery.
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Dextenza is the first FDA-approved intracanalicular insert, a novel route of administration that delivers drug to the surface of the eye without the need for eye drops. Dextenza is a preservative-free, resorbable hydrogel insert that delivers 0.4mg of dexamethasone to treat post-surgical ocular inflammation and pain for up to 30 days with a single administration. Dextenza originally received FDA approval in November 2018 for the treatment of ocular pain following ophthalmic surgery.
“We could not be more excited about both the approval and its earlier-than-expected timing,” said Antony Mattessich, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With our C-Code and pass-through payment status effective on July 1, the expanded indication gives us tremendous momentum as we approach our commercial launch.”
The approval of the sNDA is supported by three Phase 3 randomized, vehicle-controlled trials; patients received Dextenza or a vehicle immediately upon completion of cataract surgery. In all three trials, Dextenza had, at a statistically significant level, a higher proportion of patients than the vehicle group who were pain free on post-operative Day 8. On post-operative Day 14, in two of the three studies, Dextenza had a higher proportion of patients than the vehicle group, at a statistically significant level, who had an absence of anterior chamber cells.

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