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    Shire's FDA-approved drug ends dry eye treatment drought

     

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    "As Shire's first FDA-approved medicine in ophthalmics, this significant milestone advances our goal of becoming the global leader in this category, where there are unmet patient needs,” said Flemming Ornskov, MD, MPH, chief executive officer of Shire. “We have a robust ophthalmics pipeline, and we look forward to leveraging Xiidra as our entrée into the space as we continue to develop additional innovative eye-care treatment options.”

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    Shire will target that unmet need by “reaching out to both sides of the aisle” and approaching both optometrists and ophthalmologists equally to get the therapy to the patients who need it, said Robert Dempsey, vice president and head of ophthalmics at Shire.

    “We are not going to just dip our toes in the water,” he said. “We are invested and committed.”

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    Dempsey noted the company’s investment speaks for itself: Shire has invested $800 million in acquisitions and building commercial, medical, and research/development infrastructure in the ophthalmic space.

    Part of the reason the company was successful in bringing a new dry eye drug to the market was that it viewed the problem through a different lens, he said.

    More: 3 steps to improve ocular health of dry eye patients

    “We looked at it differently—not from ophthalmic standpoint, but drug delivery standpoint,” he said.

    In coming years, Shire will explore life cycle management and alternative delivery options of the drug, he said.

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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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      It sounds like a great news for potential dry eye patients. Its great that contact lenses are now better than what they used to be . You can shop them at gkb opticals
    • Anonymous
      It sounds like a great news for potential dry eye patients. Its great that contact lenses are now better than what they used to be . You can shop them at gkb opticals

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