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Bausch & Lomb Receives FDA Approval of Besivance(TM), New Topical Ophthalmic Antibacterial for the Treatment of Bacterial Conjunctivitis ('Pink Eye')
Date:5/29/2009

n clinical trials, investigators found that Besivance treatment resulted in a greater proportion of patients experiencing clinical resolution and microbial eradication, when compared to its vehicle.(4)

"Today's FDA approval of Besivance provides patients with an advanced therapy that can eradicate bacterial conjunctivitis at its source both safely and effectively," said Flemming Ornskov, M.D., M.P.H., corporate vice president and global president, Pharmaceuticals, Bausch & Lomb. "At Bausch & Lomb we are committed to developing innovative eye health products that help enhance patients' overall quality of life, and we are pleased to offer the medical community a new treatment option for this exceedingly common condition."

Besivance will be available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies in the second quarter of 2009. Besivance will be promoted by both the Bausch & Lomb and Pfizer, Inc. sales forces.

About Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye diseases seen worldwide.(2) Often referred to as "pink eye," bacterial conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva, the outer-most layer of the eye that covers the white part of the eye.(5) This contagious disease occurs in patients of all ages. Typical signs include a red eye and discharge that persists throughout the day.(6) The acute form of contagious conjunctivitis is most frequently seen in infants, schoolchildren and the elderly, generally as a result of bacterial or viral infections.(2) Acute red eyes, most frequently diagnosed as acute bacterial conjunctivitis, account for 1 to 4 percent of all physician visits in the developed world.(2)

About Besivance

Besivance (besifloxacin ophthalmic suspension) 0.6%, is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis in patients one year and older, caused by su
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