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Difluprednate for inflammatory eye disorders.

Author(s): Mulki L, Foster CS.

Affiliation(s): Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Publication date & source: 2011, Drugs Today (Barc). , 47(5):327-33

Uveitis is the third leading cause of preventable blindness in the U.S. Topical administration of corticosteroids remains the mainstay in the management of acute autoimmune anterior uveitis. Difluprednate 0.05% ophthalmic emulsion is a potent new topical corticosteroid that exhibits enhanced penetration, better bioavailability, rapid local metabolism and strong efficacy, with a low incidence of adverse effects. In June 2008, difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% gained FDA approval in the U.S. for the treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation and pain. Recently, a multicenter, randomized clinical trial showed difluprednate to be noninferior to prednisolone acetate 1% dosed twice as often, the current standard of care for the acute management of endogenous uveitis in the U.S. Furthermore, difluprednate proved to have a comparable safety profile. Here, we review difluprednate pharmacokinetics, ocular indications, animal studies, as well as the results of the clinical trials conducted to date in the U.S.

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