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24 March 2017

Aptar Pharma’s Dispenser Chosen for a Prescription Dry Eye Product in the US

Aptar Pharma has announced its multi-dose Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser has been selected for a dry eye prescription product in the US.

This innovative and patented preservative-free, multi-dose dispenser will be available with Allergan’s RESTASIS MULTIDOSE™ (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05%.

This approval and launch makes the Aptar Pharma Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser the very first, and only, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved multi-dose delivery system to handle prescription eye treatment formulations without any preservatives.

Aptar Pharma is working closely with eye care specialist Allergan to improve patient safety, achieve dosing accuracy, and maintain product integrity. Dry eye patients use eye drops on a regular basis and often for the rest of their lives. It is well-proven that preserved medications may cause unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects.

The increasing number of patients experiencing eye irritation, or allergic reactions with preserved formulations, appreciate that preservatives can be removed from eye care medications with Aptar Pharma’s Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser system. RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE™ are FDA-approved prescription treatments to help patients suffering from Chronic Dry Eye to make more of their own tears.

Aptar Pharma’s Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser system is the result of more than 10 years of development and experience in the delivery of preservative-free ophthalmic solutions. Patients and consumers in Europe, Latin America, and Asia have benefited from this technology since 2012 with more than 100 commercial references now available on the market.

RESTASIS® is not an artificial tear. It is a prescription medicine that helps increase the eyes’ natural ability to produce tears.

President of Aptar Pharma Salim Haffar said: "Our Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser technology has been a great success for our customers.

"The proven and unrivalled microbiological safety, combined with a precise and reproducible drop ejection, allows pharmaceutical customers worldwide to enter into discussions with regulatory agencies such as the FDA."

Mr. Haffar also points out the user-friendliness of the system, "The ergonomic and pocket-size design and the intuitiveness of a squeezable container with a low actuation force certainly contribute to the high levels of acceptance among patients and consumers around the world."

Aptar Pharma’s Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser provides a unique competitive advantage by addressing the global trend towards patient-friendly, cost-effective, and preservative-free multidose dispensers.

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