FDA approval of Vevye 0.1%, for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease
Novaliq GmbH, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on first- and best-in-class ocular therapeutics, announced that the FDA has approved Vevye (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) 0.1% for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease
Vevye (development name CyclASol) is the first and only cyclosporine solution indicated for the treatment of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease with efficacy demonstrated after 4 weeks of treatment.
Vevye is cyclosporine, solubilized in a novel, water-free excipient and was designed to address unmet needs, providing patients with a fast acting and well tolerable dry eye drug therapy. The solution does not contain water or anti-microbial preservatives, oils or surfactants. As a water-free product, there is no associated pH and no osmolarity.
“Vevye addresses the well documented underlying inflammatory root cause of dry eye disease, repeatedly demonstrating early and clinically meaningful efficacy upon both signs and symptoms,” said John D. Sheppard, MD, MMSc, FACS, professor of ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Mid-Atlantic Medical Director for Eye Care Partners and investigator in the development program. “The clinical trials consistently showed significant therapeutic improvements in ocular surface damage and associated symptoms, while pioneering visual function improvement analysis. Vevye is an exceptionally well tolerated formulation, combining a novel, first-in-class vehicular delivery system with by far the most established and safe topical active pharmaceutical ingredient, cyclosporine, providing a major advancement for our patients.”
“I am thrilled that a novel water-free, non-preserved pharmaceutical option for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye was approved by the FDA,” commented Jade Coats OD, optometric physician at McDonald Eye Associates, Rogers, Arkansas and member of the Intrepid Eye Society. “With the most potent commercially available cyclosporine 0.1%, Vevye brings to the table excellent comfort and tolerability, fast onset of symptom relief, and a strategically effective drop size, providing patients and practitioners an additional anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating option for the treatment of dry eye disease.”
“The US FDA approval of Vevye marks a milestone for patients and care takers by addressing a significant unmet need for millions of people suffering with this disease,” said Christian Roesky, PhD, CEO Novaliq. “With now two EyeSol based and water-free dry eye drug therapies approved by FDA Novaliq has established a novel category of non-aqueous, non-preserved ophthalmic drugs with the opportunity to become a standard of care in ophthalmology in the future. We will continue to execute on our mission to transform ocular therapies by developing breakthrough novel EyeSol therapies way beyond dry eye disease.”
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