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Aton Pharma Acquires U.S. TIMOPTIC(R)
Date:2/25/2009

"This is particularly problematic in glaucoma patients, who must use medication frequently and for long periods of time. Preservative-free product options are important for these patients with dry eyes."**

Aton's market research indicates that more than 60% of ophthalmologists are unaware that preservative-free preparations of timolol are available. The use of preservative-containing glaucoma medications in patients with compromised ocular surface issues is of particular concern to nearly 80% of ophthalmologists.

"As we have done with LACRISERT and other Aton products, we will concentrate on enhancing distribution, sampling and reimbursement assistance while increasing patient and provider awareness for TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE(R)," added Mr. Wells.

TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE(R), along with TIMOPTIC(R) and TIMOPTIC XE(R), is indicated for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE(R) , TIMOPTIC(R), and TIMOPTIC-XE(R) are contraindicated in patients with bronchial asthma; a history of bronchial asthma; severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; sinus bradycardia; second or third degree atrioventricular block; overt cardiac failure; cardiogenic shock; or hypersensitivity to any component of this product. Because of the potential effects of beta-adrenergic blocking agents on blood pressure and pulse, these agents should be used with caution in patients with cerebrovascular insufficiency. The same adverse reactions found with systemic administration of beta-adrenergic blocking agents may occur with topical ophthalmic administration.

LACRISERT is indicated in patients with moderate to severe dry eye syndromes, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Most adverse reactions with LACRISERT were mild and transient and included transient blurring of vision, ocular discomfort or irritation, matting or stickiness of eyel
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