WATERTOWN, Mass., July 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic products, today announced the presentation of data supporting the Company's YUTIQ® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg three-year micro-insert for chronic, non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. The data were presented in three oral sessions at the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) in Chicago, Illinois.
“The supportive, 36-month follow-up data of YUTIQ continues to reinforce our confidence in its long-lasting potential for this difficult to treat ocular disease, as well as its favorable safety and tolerability profile,” said Nancy Lurker, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Uveitis specialists have shared our enthusiasm regarding YUTIQ’s commercial launch, which is supported by these positive data, with several of these physicians specifically highlighting the consistent dosing and one-time administration of YUTIQ compared to local corticosteroids. We look forward to further expanding the commercial reach and adoption of YUTIQ across the U.S. for patients with non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye.”
Data included in all three presentations at ASRS are from the first double-masked, randomized Phase 3 trial of YUTIQ, which enrolled 129 patients in 16 centers in the U.S. and 17 centers outside the U.S. 87 eyes were treated with YUTIQ and 42 eyes received sham injections.
Summaries of the ASRS presentations are as follows:
Title: Best Corrected Visual Acuity at 36 Months in Study of Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal (FAi) Insert for Non-Infectious Posterior Uveitis (NIPU)
Presenter: Sumit Sharma, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Uveitis Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Session Title: Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases Symposium
Results at the 36-month follow up of the Phase 3 trial of YUTIQ demonstrated that visual acuity gains of 3-lines or more were more common with YUTIQ (33.3% vs 14.7%) and losses were more common with sham (8.8% vs 1.4%). Change (ETDRS letters, mean±SD) in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) for YUTIQ at 36-months showed an increase of 9.1±13.0 letters compared to an increase of 2.5±14.2 letters in sham treated eyes. In the subset of patients with greater central subfield foveal thickness (CSFT) at baseline, the proportion of eyes gaining 3 or more lines of vision was higher for YUTIQ eyes compared to sham eyes (46.3% vs 16.7%). Similarly, 3 or more lines of vision gains were seen in the subset of patients with macular edema at baseline (50.0% for YUTIQ vs. 21.7% for sham) and patients with ≥ 1+ vitreous haze at baseline (55.9% for YUTIQ vs. 26.7% for sham). The proportion of eyes gaining 3 or more lines of vision was similar for the YUTIQ and sham eyes regardless of whether or not intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering drops were used at any time during the study.
Title: Cumulative Recurrences with the Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal (FAi) Insert for Non-Infectious Posterior Uveitis (NIPU): 36-Month Results
Presenter: David Callanan, M.D., Texas Retina Associates, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina, Uveitis, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Session Title: Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases Symposium
At the 36-month follow up, the number of eyes with at least 1 recurrence was 49 for YUTIQ and 39 for sham treated eyes. The median time to the first recurrence was 1,051 days for YUTIQ (95% CI 686, 1,125) and 95 days for sham-treated eyes (95% CI 71, 117). Through 36 months, a total of 103 recurrences were reported in YUTIQ treated eye (mean 1.2 ± 2.0/eye) compared to 166 recurrences in the sham treated eye (mean 4.0 ± 3.3/eye). Multiple (>1) recurrences were observed in 21.8% of YUTIQ treated eyes compared to 73.8% of sham treated eyes. Safety data showed 19.5% of YUTIQ treated eyes needed the assistance of adjunctive intraocular/periocular injection medication for uveitic inflammation compared to 69.0% for sham treated eyes. 34.5% of YUTIQ treated eyes needed the assistance of an adjunctive systemic steroid or immunosuppressant compared to 50.0% for sham treated eyes.
Title: 36-Month Outcomes of Injectable Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal Insert on Recurrences of Non-infectious Posterior Segment Uveitis
Presenter: Quan Nguyen, M.D., M.Sc., Professor of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University
Session Title: Late Breakers
At 36-months, the recurrence rate in YUTIQ randomized eyes was significantly lower than in sham treated eyes (56.3% vs. 92.9%, respectively; p<0.001). Macular edema was resolved in 85.0% of YUTIQ treated eyes and 69.6% of sham treated eyes that had edema recorded at baseline. IOP lowering drops were used in 42.5% of YUTIQ treated eyes and 33.3% of sham treated eyes with IOP lowering surgeries performed in 5.7% of YUTIQ treated eyes and 11.9% of sham treated eyes. Cataracts were extracted from 73.8% of patients administered YUTIQ with phakic eyes and 23.8% of patients administered sham with phakic eyes. Additional data previously provided in the other two ASRS presentations were also included.
YUTIQ® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.18 mg is indicated for the treatment of chronic, non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye, and was approved by the FDA on October 12, 2018. A link to the full product label is available on the EyePoint Pharma website at: www.eyepointpharma.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/YUTIQ-USPI-20181120.pdf.
About Chronic Non-infectious Uveitis Affecting the Posterior Segment of the Eye
Non-infectious posterior segment uveitis is a chronic, non-infectious inflammatory disease affecting the posterior segment of the eye, often involving the retina, which affects people of all ages, producing swelling and destroying eye tissues, which can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. In the U.S., posterior segment uveitis is estimated to affect between 55,000 - 120,000 people resulting in approximately 30,000 cases of blindness, making it the third leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Today, patients with posterior uveitis are typically treated with either local steroid injections, with limited duration of effect, or 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 EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (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 the 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 increased intraocular pressure, 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. (“Alimera”), is currently sold directly in the U.S. and several EU countries. Retisert® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant), for non-infectious posterior segment 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 and LinkedIn.
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