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Difluprednate for the prevention of ocular inflammation postsurgery: an update

Authors Donnenfeld ED

Published 15 June 2011 Volume 2011:5 Pages 811—816


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Eric D Donnenfeld
Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre, NY, USA

Purpose: To review the most recent published data regarding the novel potent steroid, difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion, 0.05%.
Methods: A comprehensive search of recent published literature including difluprednate was performed. Clinical studies relevant to the characteristics and clinical efficacy of difluprednate in controlling postoperative inflammation were included, and a synopsis of each study was developed.
Results: Several recent publications were identified in which difluprednate was shown to be efficacious in the treatment of postoperative inflammation in different clinical settings, including a novel perioperative regimen. Additional literature retrieved from this search included data on the relative potency of difluprednate, potential utility in the posterior segment, as well as the advantages of the emulsion formulation.
Conclusion: Difluprednate has been studied extensively and shown in recent literature to be a safe and effective topical anti-inflammatory drug. The proven strength and unique formulation of difluprednate, along with its potent efficacy in treating and preventing inflammation, provides clinicians with a beneficial treatment option.

Keywords: corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory, dose uniformity, relative potency

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