The announcement represents the first FDA-approved, fixed-combination of tropicamide and phenylephrine for mydriasis, according to the company.
Eyenovia Inc. announced the FDA has approved tropicamide and phenylephrine hydrochloride ophthalmic spray 1%/2.5% (MydCombi) for inducing mydriasis for diagnostic procedures and in conditions where short-term pupil dilation is desired.
According to the company, this represents the first approved, fixed-dose combination of tropicamide and phenylephrine in the United States and also the first product using Eyenovia’s Optejet device to be approved by any regulatory authority.
MydCombi is designed to improve the efficiency of the estimated 106 million office-based comprehensive eye exams performed every year in the United States, as well as the estimated 4 million pharmacologic mydriasis applications for cataract surgery. The product is contraindicated and should not be used in patients with known hypersensitivity to any component of the formulation.
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Michael Rowe, CEO of Eyenovia, lauded the news in a prepared statement.
“The approval of MydCombi, our first FDA-approved product, represents the culmination of years of tireless effort by the entire Eyenovia team, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the associates and technical experts who helped advance this important program through this transformational milestone,” Rowe said in the statement. “We look forward to introducing MydCombi to key offices beginning this summer while we bring our internal manufacturing capabilities online for 2024.”
Moreover, Rowe noted FDA approval of MydCombi provides validation of the Optejet as it is the first product approved using the Optejet platform, which is core not only to Eyenovia’s internal development programs, including MicroLine for presbyopia, but its partnered programs as well.
“We see opportunities to unlock significant opportunities in the future treatment of other ophthalmic conditions including glaucoma and dry eye. I am confident in our ability to maintain our current momentum,” he added.
“I am proud of our team for this significant achievement – which represents many ‘firsts’ for eye care,” Sean Ianchulev, MD, MPH, founder and chairman of Eyenovia’s Board of Directors, said in a statement. “The use of eye dropper bottles has presented challenges for dosing in ophthalmologic settings in millions of patients. We can do better now using sophisticated micro-array print delivery with physiologic dosing that is similar to the natural tear film volume.”
Eyenovia management will provide additional updates on MydCombi as well as its ongoing development programs and partnerships during its regularly scheduled first quarter 2023 update conference call and webcast on May 11, 2023.
Peter J. McDonnell, MD, director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times Europe's sister publication Ophthalmology Times, noted that while he has no financial interest in Eyenovia or its competitors, he believes the technology they offer is certainly innovative.
“By delivering a much smaller volume of solution to the ocular surface, it seems to me there is the potential for fewer adverse events that might result from systemic drug absorption, such as systemic hypertension following administration of phenylephrine,” McDonnell said. “As ophthalmologists generate ‘real world’ evidence with this delivery system following FDA approval, it will be interesting to see to what degree ophthalmologists and industry adopt this as an alternative to the traditional large volume eye drops that have been the standard for two centuries.”
MydCombi was supported by two completed Phase 3 clinical trials, MIST-1 and MIST-2. The MIST-1 trial (NCT03751631) compared MydCombi with phenylephrine alone and tropicamide alone, while MIST-2 (NCT03751098) compared MydCombi with placebo. All treatments were administered using Eyenovia’s Optejet technology.
MydCombi (tropicamide 1% and phenylephrine 2.5% ophthalmic spray) is used for pharmacologic mydriasis, which is targeted to improve the efficiency of the estimated 100 million office-based comprehensive eye exams performed every year in the United States, as well as the estimated 4 million pharmacologic mydriasis applications for cataract surgery. Developed as a micro-formulation for use without anaesthetic, Eyenovia believes MydCombi will help improve the efficacy, tolerability and efficiency of pharmacologic mydriasis.
Eyenovia's Optejet microdose formulation and delivery platform for ocular therapeutics uses high-precision piezo-print technology to deliver 6-8 μL of drug, consistent with the capacity of the tear film of the eye. It is estimated that the volume of ophthalmic solution administered with the Optejet is less than 20% of that delivered using conventional eyedroppers, thus reducing overdosing and exposure to drug and preservatives, according to the company.
Eyenovia's microfluidic ejection technology is designed for fast and gentle ocular surface delivery, where solution is dispensed to the ocular surface in approximately 80 milliseconds, beating the ocular blink reflex. Successful use of the Optejet has been demonstrated more than 85% of the time after basic training in a variety of clinical settings compared with 40% to 50% historically seen with conventional eyedroppers, the company noted in a prepared statement.