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A new drug delivery system inhibits uveitis in an animal model after cataract surgery.
International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Publication types: Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
Cataract surgery is a common ocular surgical procedure consisting in the implantation of an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to replace the ageing, dystrophic or damaged natural one. The management of postoperative ocular inflammation is a major challenge especially in the context of pre-existing uveitis. The association of the implanted IOL with a drug delivery system (DDS) allows the prolonged intraocular release of anti-inflammatory agents after surgery. Thus IOL-DDS represents an "all in one" strategy that simultaneously addresses both cataract and inflammation issues. Polymeric DDS loaded with two model anti-inflammatory drugs (triamcinolone acetonide (TA) and cyclosporine A (CsA)) were manufactured in a novel way and tested regarding their efficiency for the management of intraocular inflammation during the 3 months following surgery. The study involved an experimentally induced uveitis in rabbits. Experimental results showed that medicated DDS efficiently reduced ocular inflammation (decrease of protein concentration in aqueous humour, inflammatory cells in aqueous humour and clinical score). Additionally, more than 60% of the loading dose remained in the DDS at the end of the experiment, suggesting that the system could potentially cover longer inflammatory episodes. Thus, IOL-DDS were demonstrated to inhibit intraocular inflammation for at least 3 months after cataract surgery, representing a potential novel approach to cataract surgery in eyes with pre-existing uveitis.
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