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EyePoint Pharmaceuticals' eye implant gets US FDA approval

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its Yutiq implant to treat a form of eye inflammation.

Yutiq is now indicated for chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. The implant is a micro-insert designed to release 0.18 milligrams of fluocinolone acetonide consistently over 36 months.

Uveitis is the inflammation of the uvea — the pigmented layer of the eye.

The approval was supported by late-stage trial data, in which Yutiq reduced the rate of recurrent uveitis flares better than sham treatment.

"Chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye is the third leading cause of blindness in the U.S.," EyePoint Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Nancy Lurker said in a news release. "We anticipate a product launch in the first quarter of calendar 2019," Lurker added.

Watertown, Mass.-based EyePoint Pharmaceuticals develops ophthalmic products to treat eye diseases.