Back to Journals » Clinical Ophthalmology » Volume 12

Topical ocular 0.1% cyclosporine A cationic emulsion in dry eye disease patients with severe keratitis: experience through the French early-access program

Authors Pisella P, Labetoulle M, Doan S, Cochener-Lamard B, Amrane M, Ismail D, Creuzot-Garcher C, Baudouin C

Received 6 September 2017

Accepted for publication 25 October 2017

Published 5 February 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 289—299


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Pierre-Jean Pisella,1 Marc Labetoulle,2 Serge Doan,3 Beatrice Cochener-Lamard,4 Mourad Amrane,Dahlia Ismail,5 Catherine Creuzot-Garcher,6,7 Christophe Baudouin8–10

1Department of Ophthalmology, Tours University Hospital, University François Rabelais, Bretonneau Hospital, Tours, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Bicêtre Hospital, APHP, Paris-Sud University, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Bichat Hospital and Fondation A de Rothschild, Paris, 4Brest University Medical School, Morvan Hospital, Brest, 5Santen SAS, Evry, 6Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, 7Department of Ophthalmology III, Eye and Nutrition Research Group, Burgundy, Dijon, 8Research Team S12, Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital, 9Department of Ophthalmology, Ambroise-Paré Hospital, APHP, UPMC University, Paris 6, Vision Institute, INSERM UMRS968, CNRS UMR7210, Paris, 10University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, Versailles, France

Purpose: The objective of this study was to report the evaluation of efficacy and safety of cyclosporine A cationic emulsion (CsA CE) 0.1% for the treatment of severe keratitis in adults with dry eye disease (DED) in a French early-access program.
Methods: Patients with DED and severe keratitis (corneal fluorescein staining [CFS] score of 3–5 on the Oxford scale and/or the presence of corneal lesions [filaments or ulcers]) were enrolled in a compassionate use program (Authorization for Temporary Use [ATU]) for once-daily CsA CE, which was approved by French health authorities prior to its registration. Efficacy and safety at 1, 3, 6, and 12-month follow-up visits were evaluated.
Results: The ATU cohort (n=1,212; mean age =60.5 years; 79.5% female; 98.1% with severe keratitis; 74.5% with corneal lesions) consisted of 601 CsA-naïve patients and 611 patients treated previously with other CsA formulations. The primary DED etiology was Sjögren’s syndrome (48.7%). Clinical benefit could be discerned among 548 evaluable patients from months 1 to 12: keratitis improvement, 44.8% at month 1 and 42.1% at month 12; keratitis stabilization, 47.2% and 45.7%, respectively; symptom improvement, 47.2% and 48.6%; and symptom stabilization, 44.8% and 45.0%. Corneal clearing (CFS score =0) increased from 4.8% (month 1) to 11.4% (month 12). No unexpected safety concerns were identified; instillation site pain (10.2%) and eye irritation (7.8%) were the most common adverse events.
Conclusion: The French ATU cohort provides supportive data on the clinical benefit of CsA CE in improving/stabilizing symptoms and corneal damage in DED patients with severe keratitis in real-world clinical practice.

dry eye, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, cyclosporine A, Sjögren’s syndrome, inflammation, cationic emulsion, severe keratitis, Ikervis

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]