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Preservative-free tafluprost in the treatment of naive patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension

Authors Lanzl I, Hamacher T, Rosbach K, Ramez MO, Rothe R, Růžičková E, Karhanová M, Kimmich F

Received 14 December 2012

Accepted for publication 5 February 2013

Published 16 May 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 901—910


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Ines Lanzl,1 Thomas Hamacher,2 Klaus Rosbach,3 Mohammed Osman Ramez,4 Robert Rothe,5 Eva Ružicková,6 Marta Karhanová,7 Friedemann Kimmich8

1Private practice, Prien, Germany; 2Private practice, Starnberg, Germany; 3Private practice, Mainz, Germany; 4Private practice, Buxtehude, Germany; 5Private practice, Minden, Germany; 6General Faculty Hospital, Praha Czech Republic; 7Faculty Hospital Olomouc, Czech Republic; 8eyecons, Pfinztal, Germany

Purpose: The study reported here investigated the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of the preservative-free prostaglandin analog tafluprost 0.0015% in treatment-naive patients.
Patients and methods: Data were collected in two non-interventional, prospective, multicenter, observational, open-label studies of identical design that were conducted in Germany and the Czech Republic. All subjects received preservative-free tafluprost 0.0015% once daily. Intraocular pressure (IOP) levels were recorded for each eye at untreated baseline and 3 months after initiation of medical treatment. The primary outcome was change in mean IOP from baseline to month 3. In the primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and ocular hypertension (OH) patient subgroups, analyses were stratified by the level of baseline IOP: ≥20 to 23 mmHg versus ≥24 mmHg. In addition, responder rates and the achievement of pre-specified IOP levels at month 3 were evaluated. Local tolerance of preservative-free tafluprost was evaluated by the patients at final visit. Overall satisfaction with the medical treatment was evaluated by both patients and physicians. All adverse events were recorded.
Results: A total of 579 treatment-naive patients with POAG (n = 349), OH (n = 105), normal tension glaucoma (n = 71), exfoliative glaucoma (n = 27), or other glaucomas (n = 27) were included in this observational study. Mean IOP level at baseline for all patients was 23.6 ± 4.0 mmHg. Mean IOP at month 3 was 16.8 ± 2.9 mmHg (—28.8% vs baseline). At month 3, significant reductions in mean IOP (P < 0.001) were seen in all patients and all subgroups. Preservative-free tafluprost lowered mean IOP significantly in patients with POAG and OH with IOP levels ≥ 20 to 23 mmHg from 21.9 ± 1.1 mmHg at baseline to 16.5 ± 2.2 mmHg, and in the subgroup with IOP levels ≥ 24 mmHg from 26.2 ± 2.4 mmHg to 17.9 ± 2.4 mmHg. In the subgroups of patients with POAG and OH, an IOP response ≥20%, ≥30%, and ≥40% was achieved by 83.4%, 44.1%, and 12.8%, respectively. Overall, patients with higher baseline IOP values showed a better response than patients with lower baseline IOP levels. Preservative-free tafluprost was well tolerated and safe. After 3 months, 97.9% of all patients remained on therapy.
Conclusion: In this real-world observational study, treatment with once-daily preservative-free tafluprost proved efficacious, well tolerated, and safe in treatment-naive patients.

Keywords: intraocular pressure, prostaglandin analogs, responders, first-line treatment, preservatives, local tolerability

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