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Date:5/4/2009

= 520) were given a general dry eye evaluation, screened by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and best corrected visual acuity, and were required to fill out a questionnaire that included the ocular surface disease index (OSDI), a validated measure of quality of life. Patients were trained on the proper insertion and use of the insert. Patients were contacted by telephone on Day 3 of the study for follow up and reinstruction. At visit 2 (Week 4), patients were given a clinical evaluation and required to complete a second evaluation. Answers provided on questionnaires (scored on Likert-type scales) were used to determine changes in patient-reported outcomes such as symptoms and quality of life.

About Lacrisert

Lacrisert has been FDA-approved for use in patients with moderate to severe dry eye and available by prescription for more than two decades. Unlike artificial tear substitutes that have a residence time measured in minutes, Lacrisert provides continual lubrication and protection to the surface of the eye for all-day relief. Lacrisert acts to stabilize and thicken the pre-corneal tear film and prolong the tear film breakup time, which is usually accelerated in patients with dry eye states. Information and educational video content are available at www.Lacrisert.com.

Most adverse reactions with Lacrisert were mild and transient and included transient blurring of vision, ocular discomfort or irritation, matting or stickiness of eyelashes, photophobia, hypersensitivity, edema of the eyelids and hyperemia. Lacrisert should not be used by patients who are hypersensitive to hydroxypropyl cellulose. If improperly placed, Lacrisert may result in corneal abrasion.

About Aton Pharma, Inc.

Aton Pharma, Inc., headquartered in Lawrenceville, NJ, is a global, diversified specialty pharmaceutical company providing essential treatments for un
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