Bimatoprost Implant: First Approval
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Bimatoprost implant (Durysta™), developed by Allergan, is a sustained-release drug delivery system containing bimatoprost, a prostaglandin analogue with ocular hypotensive activity. The implant, administered intracamerally, involves the use of a biodegradable, solid polymer drug delivery system for slow, sustained drug release, designed to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) over a 4- to 6-month period. In March 2020, bimatoprost implant received its first approval, in the USA, for use to reduce IOP in patients with open angle glaucoma (OAG) or ocular hypertension (OHT). Allergan’s clinical development programme for bimatoprost implant is ongoing. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of bimatoprost implant leading to this first approval for use in the reduction of IOP in patients with OAG or OHT.
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