- DEXYCUTM commercial launch now expected in 1Q19, earlier than prior guidance of 1H19 -
- YUTIQTM commercial launch on track for 1Q19 -
WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, today provided a 2019 commercial update.
“EyePoint has made significant progress in building its commercial infrastructure in preparation for two ophthalmic product launches in the near-term,” said Nancy Lurker, President and Chief Executive Officer of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. “As a result of the diligence with which our team has worked to execute on commercial manufacturing scale-up, communicate with payors, build our distribution network and our hub for patient and physician support, I am pleased to be able to announce that along with the launch of YUTIQTM in the first quarter of calendar 2019, we also now anticipate launching DEXYCUTM in the first quarter of calendar 2019, earlier than initially expected. We are excited to be able to commercialize both of these innovative ocular products and we look forward to making a meaningful difference in the established treatment paradigms for cataract surgery and posterior uveitis, which are both areas of high unmet medical need.”
Key Commercial Updates
- EyePoint expects to launch DEXYCU (dexamethasone intraocular suspension) 9% in the first quarter of calendar 2019. DEXYCU, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 9, 2018, is the first and only FDA-approved single dose, sustained release, intracameral steroid for the treatment of postoperative inflammation. In November 2018, the Company announced that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had assigned a specific and permanent reimbursement J-code through the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) for DEXYCU. The code, J1095, became effective on January 1, 2019, and will replace the previously issued C-code for DEXYCU (C9034) that became effective on October 1, 2018.
- The Company expects to launch YUTIQ (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg in the first quarter of calendar 2019. YUTIQ was approved by the FDA on October 12, 2018, and is the first long-lasting, FDA approved micro-insert for up to three years of continuous control in chronic, non-infectious posterior segment uveitis, the third leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The Company recently presented positive YUTIQ 24-month efficacy and safety data at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2018 Annual Meeting in October, showing a significantly increased likelihood of achieving and maintaining inflammation control for YUTIQ compared to sham, highlighting YUTIQ’s ability to decrease the rate of uveitic recurrences.
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly pSivida Corp.) (www.eyepointpharma.com), headquartered in Watertown, MA, is a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products in indications with high unmet medical need to help improve the lives of patients with serious eye disorders. With the approval by the FDA on October 12, 2018 of YUTIQ™ three-year treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye, the Company has developed five of the six FDA-approved sustained-release treatments for eye diseases. The most common adverse reactions reported for YUTIQ were cataract development and increases in intraocular pressure. DEXYCU™ was approved by the FDA on February 9, 2018. DEXYCU, administered as a single intraocular dose at the end of ocular surgery for the treatment of postoperative inflammation, is the first and only FDA-approved intraocular product with this indication. The most common adverse reactions reported by 5-15% of patients were intraocular pressure increased, corneal edema and iritis. DEXYCU employs the Verisome® extended-release drug delivery technology, which encompasses a broad number of related, but distinct drug delivery systems with the potential of incorporating an extensive range of active agents, including small molecules, proteins and monoclonal antibodies. ILUVIEN® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant), a micro-insert for diabetic macular edema, licensed to Alimera Sciences, Inc., is currently sold directly in the U.S. and several EU countries. Retisert® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant), for posterior uveitis, is licensed to and sold by Bausch & Lomb, Inc. The Company's pre-clinical development program is focused on using its core Durasert™ and the Verisome platform technologies to deliver drugs to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other diseases. To learn more about the Company, please visit www.eyepointpharma.com and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.
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