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Aton Pharma Launches Expanded Distribution and Marketing for Preservative-Free TIMOPTIC(R) in OCUDOSE(R)
Date:8/19/2009

risk for ocular surface disease, such as the elderly, those on oral medications associated with dry eye and patients with existing lid margin disease. The use of a preservative-free medication such as TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE can help preserve the health of the ocular surface in glaucoma patients."

In a recent survey of ophthalmologists across the nation, virtually all (97%) believe preservative-free glaucoma medications can enhance the ocular comfort of glaucoma patients, while 86% believe that preservative-free glaucoma medications can enhance patient quality of life. Nine out of ten (89%) feel there are not enough preservative-free glaucoma medications available, and nearly half (47%) do not know a preservative-free beta-blocker is available.

The survey respondents acknowledged problems that can be caused by the preservatives in glaucoma medications, including ocular surface disease such as dry eye, and the impact of preservatives on medication tolerance and patient compliance. Three-quarters (73%) report the presence of preservatives impacts their decision-making process for glaucoma therapy.

The survey, sponsored by Aton Pharma, was completed between March 24 and March 26, 2009. Ophthalmologists across the nation were invited via e-mail to enter the online survey, and those who treated 20 or more glaucoma patients per month were asked to complete the survey. A total of 124 completed the survey, including 36 glaucoma specialists and 40 cataract surgery specialists.

TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE is indicated for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE is 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 hypersens
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