Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc (CVE:AQS) (OTCQB:AQSZF) (FRA:AEQ) announced Thursday that it and partner Medicom Healthcare Ltd have been issued a new Medical Device License for the second of three product submissions made for the Evolve preservative-free, dry eye product line.
In a statement, Aequus said that the license was issued for Evolve Daily Intensive – an advanced formulation of 0.2% Hyaluronate, free of preservatives and phosphates, and made available in a multi-dose bottle for ease of use for all patients. The formulation contains 350 drops that can be dispensed with gentle squeezing – an important feature for chronic users and many dry eye patients.
“Evolve Daily Intensive is the second lubricating eye drop being offered by Aequus as part of a full line of products made exclusive to Eye Care Professionals,” said Grant Larsen, chief commercial officer at Aequus.
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Aequus CEO Doug Janzen noted that “these Hyaluronate drops, in particular, are seen as the workhorse of the entire line, and are currently the fastest-growing Hyaluronate drops in the UK. The full range is expected to generate $10M a year in Canadian sales at maturity.”
Aequus said it is advancing launch activities for the newly approved Evolve products, while a third drop in the Evolve range is currently under review with Health Canada.
Dry eye disease (DED) is a common disorder of the tear film that leads to ocular surface damage over time. Previous research has shown DED reduces health and vision-related quality of life and that it carries a considerable economic burden of disease. DED affects about 6.3 million Canadians.
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