Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (“OCLI”), Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut (“OCC”), Spectrum Vision Partners (“SVP”) managed practices, often sought for his expertise and innovation in the field of Ophthalmology, has successfully performed the first Cataract Surgery in the United States, utilizing FDA approved DEXYCU™ (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9%, at Island Eye Surgicenter in Westbury, NY. EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, announced yesterday that it has commercially launched DEXYCU™ (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9% in the United States. DEXYCU is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved intraocular steroid for the treatment of postoperative inflammation and is administered as a single dose at the end of cataract surgery. DEXYCU is intended to replace the use of steroid eye drops which have a dosing regimen that, depending on the brand, can require self-administration for up to four times a day and titrating down over four weeks. This complicated dosing regimen can often lead to poor patient compliance.
Dr. Donnenfeld expresses his support of innovation to enhance patient outcome, “Today was an important day for Ophthalmology. The FDA approval of DEXYCU allows patients having cataract surgery to have their medication placed inside their eye. This improves patient compliance, quality of life and is the first step in eliminating eye drops in cataract surgery.”
The launch of DEXYCU will be phased, with the initial phase being to leading cataract surgery experts such as Dr. Donnenfeld, to ensure proper training on DEXYCU’s administration ahead of its wider availability in the ophthalmology community. EyePoint Assist, the Company-sponsored program designed to ensure access to DEXYCU, is available for eligible patients in need of financial assistance.
Tom Burke, CEO of Spectrum Vision Partners commented on today’s news, “Spectrum Vision Partners is proud to continue its collaboration with national leaders who bring the latest innovations in advanced cataract surgery to their patients. Dr. Donnenfeld, the OCLI vision experts and the Island Eye Surgicenter team have delivered another advancement to improve visual outcomes and their patients’ lives. Performing the first FDA approved DEXYCU drug delivery in the United States is another example of their leadership in the ophthalmic field. We applaud the success of Eye Point Pharmaceuticals with this application of their delivery system and look forward to continuing SVP’s collaboration with our doctors as they continue to improve patient care.”
“EyePoint is proud to announce the U.S. commercial launch of our second innovative ophthalmic product, DEXYCU, which is now available to cataract surgery patients to treat inflammation that occurs after this common surgical procedure. There are approximately 4.8 million cataract surgeries a year in the US,” said Nancy Lurker, President and Chief Executive Officer of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. “DEXYCU offers a single-dose, sustained release treatment option conveniently administered at the end of cataract surgery which can eliminate the complicated and burdensome steroid eyedrop regimen following surgery.”
DEXYCU is the first long-acting intraocular steroid approved by the FDA for the treatment of postoperative inflammation. Cataract surgery is the most frequent surgical procedure in the U.S., with approximately 4.8 million performed annually. DEXYCU employs the Company’s Verisome sustained-release drug delivery technology to deliver a biodegradable extended-release formulation of the steroid dexamethasone into the posterior chamber of the eye via a single injection at the end of surgery, eliminating the burden of self-administering steroid eye drops up to four times a day for several weeks on a titrated schedule, in a primarily elderly patient population.
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