Addressing the Complexities of Ophthalmic Drug Delivery
Anti-VEGF therapeutics for the treatment of ophthalmic conditions such as neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME) have significantly improved patient prognoses, in some cases preventing or reversing progression to blindness. Routine injections into the eye of recombinant protein drugs such as bevacizumab, ranibizumab or aflibercept have proven to be efficacious in neutralizing the binding of over-expressed vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) proteins to their corresponding cellular receptors, thus interrupting the angiogenesis signaling pathway which otherwise leads to the disease states. In short, anti-VEGF injections are preventing or restoring vision loss for millions of people world-wide.
Despite the widespread success of these drugs, when it comes to the safety of patients receiving ophthalmic injections, there is a need to improve the packaging and delivery systems. Injection of silicone oil either from traditional prefilled or disposable syringes can cause floaters in the vision or Weiss rings. Endotoxin, microbial contamination or particulate matter from packaging or delivery systems can lead to conditions such as sterile intraocular inflammation or even the very serious condition of endophthalmitis, which can cause blindness. For this reason, cleanliness requirements for ophthalmic primary packaging and delivery systems are more stringent than typical parenteral applications.
West can help to make ophthalmic injections safe with primary packaging components and assemblies that can mitigate risks of protein aggregation and offer low endotoxin levels. Daikyo Crystal Zenith® syringe assemblies contain Flurotec® coated elastomeric closures which provide exceptional barrier properties to reduce leachables. West 0.5 mL Flurotec® plungers for glass syringes and Daikyo Crystal Zenith® 0.5 mL conical vials are also commercially available to help support all lifecycle management aspects of ophthalmic drug delivery. West is dedicated to delivering safe solutions for complex drug delivery.
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