Long-term intraocular pressure reduction with intracameral polycaprolactone glaucoma devices that deliver a novel anti-glaucoma agent

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Abstract

Long-term treatment of glaucoma, a major leading cause of blindness, is challenging due to poor patient compliance. Therefore, a drug delivery device that can achieve drug release over several months can be highly beneficial for glaucoma management. Here, we evaluate the long-term pharmacokinetics and therapeutic efficacy of polycaprolactone intracameral drug delivery devices in rabbit eyes. Our study showed that a single drug delivery device loaded with a proprietary hypotensive agent, DE-117, reduced intraocular pressure in normotensive rabbits significantly for 23 weeks. In addition, we demonstrated that concentration of DE-117 and its hydrolyzed active form (hDE-117) was maintained in the aqueous humor and the target tissue (iris-ciliary body) up to 24 weeks. Our proof-of-concept glaucoma implant shows potential as a long-term treatment that circumvents patient compliance barriers compared to current treatment via eye drops.

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