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Sirion Therapeutics Announces FDA Approval of Zirgan(TM) (Ganciclovir Ophthalmic Gel) 0.15% for Herpetic Keratitis
Date:9/21/2009

ecomes latent until triggers such as stress, UV radiation, and hormonal changes reactivate the virus and cause recurrent outbreaks. Those recurrences account for an additional 28,000 cases per year in the US. The risk of blindness increases with the number and severity of recurrences, making prompt treatment imperative to limit scarring and other more serious complications caused by herpetic ulcers.

About Zirgan(TM) (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) 0.15%

Zirgan is the trademark of Laboratoires Thea of France and Sirion Therapeutics, Inc., has the exclusive US rights to develop and market Zirgan. Available in Europe under the brand name Virgan(R), this topical ophthalmic antiviral gel has successfully treated herpetic viral infections for more than 10 years. In 2007 Sirion received orphan drug designation from the FDA for ganciclovir ophthalmic gel. This designation is a special status for rare diseases or conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 patients in the US.

Important Safety Information

Zirgan is indicated for topical ophthalmic use only. Patients should not wear contact lenses if they have signs or symptoms of herpetic keratitis or during the course of therapy with Zirgan. The most common adverse reactions reported in patients were blurred vision (60%), eye irritation (20%), punctate keratitis (5%), and conjunctival hyperemia (5%).

About Sirion Therapeutics, Inc.

Sirion Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately held biopharmaceutical company pursuing the discovery, development, and commercialization of products addressing unmet medical needs in the protection and preservation of eyesight. Sirion's diverse portfolio includes products that address ocular diseases and conditions including uveitis, herpetic keratitis, dry eye, glaucoma, and geographic atrophy associated with dry AMD. For more information, please visit

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