Leading Retinal Specialists To Highlight pSivida’s Durasert For Treatment Of Posterior Segment Uveitis At Prestigious Ophthalmology Conferences
Published: Jul 18, 2017
WATERTOWN, Mass., July 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ:PSDV) (ASX:PVA), a leader in the development of sustained release drug products and technologies, today announced that three abstracts supporting the Company’s Durasert™ three-year treatment for posterior segment uveitis have been accepted at leading Ophthalmology conferences.
- American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS) annual meeting being held in Boston, MA from August 11-15, 2017. The abstract accepted for paper presentation is titled, “An Injectable Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal Insert is Effective in Patients With Noninfectious Posterior Segment Uveitis.” The data will be presented by Dr. David Callanan, MD., a leading ophthalmologist with Texas Retina Associates, Sunday, August 13th, at 5:30-6:30pm ET.
- 17th EURETINA Congress being held in Barcelona, Spain from September 7-10, 2017. The abstract accepted for paper presentation is titled, “An injectable fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal insert in patients with chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye: Effects on macular oedema at 6 months.” The data will be presented by Dr. Carlos Pavesio, MD, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, on September 8th at 12:18pm local time (6:18am ET).
- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting being held in New Orleans, LA from November 11-14, 2017. The abstract accepted for paper presentation is titled, “Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal Insert in Noninfectious, Posterior Segment Uveitis: Twelve-Month Safety Results.” The data will be presented by Dr. Careen Yen Lowder MD PhD, currently works in Cleveland Clinic, Cole Eye Institute.
“These acceptances clearly demonstrate the depth of our science and high level of interest from the ophthalmic community,” commented Nancy Lurker, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Having our data presented at these conferences, by three leading authorities on uveitis is impressive and important as we prepare to submit and launch Durasert in the US and with our partner Alimera in the EU, Middle East and Africa.”
In each of pSivida's two Phase 3 trials for its Durasert three-year uveitis treatment, the primary efficacy endpoint was successfully achieved at six months with a p value < 0.001. In addition, the safety profile of patients treated with Durasert three-year uveitis treatment was consistent to the safety profile of existing steroid uveitis treatments, which are considered standard of care for this disease. The Company recently announced it granted Alimera Sciences rights to Durasert three-year treatment for posterior segment uveitis in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) where it will market Durasert under the ILUVIEN trademark The Company anticipates filing a New Drug Application (NDA) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) later this year and it plans to commercialize Durasert in the US market.
About Posterior Segment Uveitis
Posterior segment uveitis is a chronic, non-infectious inflammatory disease affecting the posterior segment of the eye, often involving the retina, which is believed to be a leading cause of blindness in the developed and developing countries. It affects people of all ages, producing swelling and destroying eye tissues, which can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. In the U.S. and EU, posterior uveitis affects approximately 200,000 people, annually. Today, patients with posterior uveitis are typically treated with systemic steroids, but over time frequently develop serious side effects that can limit effective dosing. Patients then often progress to steroid-sparing therapy with systemic immune suppressants or biologics, which themselves can have severe side effects including an increased risk of cancer.
About pSivida Corp.
pSivida Corp. (www.psivida.com), headquartered in Watertown, MA, is a leader in the development of sustained-release drug products for treating eye diseases. pSivida has developed three of only four FDA-approved sustained-release treatments for back-of-the-eye diseases. The most recent, ILUVIEN®, a micro-insert for diabetic macular edema, licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc. is currently sold directly in the U.S. and three EU countries. Retisert®, an implant for posterior uveitis, is licensed to and sold by Bausch & Lomb Inc. pSivida's lead product candidate, Durasert™ micro-insert for posterior segment uveitis is being independently developed. Two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials achieved their primary efficacy endpoint at six months of follow-up with statistical significance. pSivida's pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core platform technology, Durasert, to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, osteoarthritis and other diseases. To learn more about pSivida please visit www.psivida.com and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
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