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Glaucoma Survey: Half Unaware of Preservative-Free Beta-Blocker, Ophthalmologists Cite Benefits of Preservative-Free Medications on Ocular Comfort and Quality of Life
Date:4/6/2009

o preservatives at all for their glaucoma patients with ocular surface disease or dry eye syndrome, compared to glaucoma medications preserved with BAK (3%) or non-BAK preservatives (36%).

Preservative-Free Beta-blocker

Nearly half (47%) do not know a preservative-free beta-blockers is available. TIMOPTIC(R) (timolol maleate ophthalmic solution) in OCUDOSE(R) (sterile ophthalmic unit dose dispenser) is the only preservative-free medication for glaucoma available in the U.S. The TIMOPTIC product line was recently acquired by Aton Pharma, Inc., which provides the dry eye medication LACRISERT(R) (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert), a preservative-free, once-daily*, patient-administered prescription insert indicated for moderate to severe dry eye.

"A preservative-free beta blocker is a consideration for many glaucoma patients, especially for those who already have dry eye or are at increased risk for ocular surface disease, such as the elderly, those on oral medications associated with dry eye and patients with existing lid margin disease," continued Dr. Trattler. "The use of a preservative-free glaucoma medication such as TIMOPTIC in OCUDOSE can help preserve the health of the ocular surface in glaucoma patients."

Survey Methodology

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.

About TIMOPTIC(R) in OCUDOSE(R)

TIMOPTIC(R) (timolol maleate ophthalmic solution) in OCUDOSE(R) (sterile ophthalmic unit dose dispenser) is a preservative-free, non-selective beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent ind
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