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Ocular Therapeutix Commences Pilot Phase II Travoprost Punctum Plug Study for the Treatment of Glaucoma
Date:8/20/2012

ch can lead to costly and invasive surgeries, vision impairment, and even blindness.  It has been reported that up to 60% of patients do not administer ophthalmic drops as directed, even though patients' perception is that they are compliant with 97% of their dosing.1

"Travoprost Punctum Plugs may help to overcome issues of daily self-administration of medication leading to potential patient non-compliance," stated Pierre Wassermann, Principal Investigator at the Umhlanga Hospital Medical Centre in South Africa.  "Additionally, maintaining continuous drug presence via sustained delivery may be an improvement over fluctuating drug levels resulting from daily topical therapy."

About Ocular Therapeutix's Travoprost Punctum Plugs:

Ocular Therapeutix's travoprost punctum plugs use the company's proprietary polyethylene glycol hydrogel technology to release travoprost in a sustained fashion over a specified period of time.  At the end of the treatment period, the plug begins to absorb, and exit the nasolacrimal system without need for removal by the physician. The plugs contains a visualization agent for retention monitoring throughout the treatment period. 

About Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.:

Founded in November 2006, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. is a privately held company based in Bedford, MA, focused on the development and commercialization of ophthalmic therapeutic products using its proprietary hydrogel technology. Ocular Therapeutix is using its hydrogel technology for development of a variety of ophthalmic applications including hydrogel sealants for ocular surface protection, drug-eluting punctal plugs for treatment of various anterior segment diseases, and with therapeutic agents for back-of-the-eye diseases.

1Goldberg I. Compliance with Medical Management in Glaucoma. Asian J of Ophthalmol 2000;2(4):3-6.


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