FDA Approves Xiidra Eye Drops to Treat Dry Eye Disease

Share this content:
FDA Approves Xiidra Eye Drops to Treat Dry Eye Disease
FDA Approves Xiidra Eye Drops to Treat Dry Eye Disease

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Xiidra (lifitegrast) eye drops have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat symptoms of dry eye disease.

Clinical studies involving more than 1,000 patients found that those treated with Xiidra saw improvement in symptoms of dry eye compared to people given a placebo.

Xiidra is the first approved medication among a new class of dry-eye drugs: lymphocyte function-associated antigen agonists. Its most common side effects include eye irritation, blurred vision, and an unusual taste sensation. The drug has not been evaluated in children under 17, since dry eye rarely affects this age group, the FDA said.

"Normal tear production is needed for clear vision and eye health," Edward Cox, M.D., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. "This approval will provide a new treatment option for patients with dry eye disease."

Xiidra is produced by Shire U.S., based in Lexington, Mass.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Illicit Marijuana Use Up in States With Legal Medical Use

Illicit Marijuana Use Up in States With Legal ...

Cannabis use disorder is also rising faster in states with legalization laws

Chromosome Instability Test Prognostic in NSCLC

Chromosome Instability Test Prognostic in NSCLC

Chromosome instability associated with higher risk of relapse, death within 2 years

CDC: Opioid-Related Mortality Rate Might Be Underestimated

CDC: Opioid-Related Mortality Rate Might Be Underestimated

Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label opioids as possible cause

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »