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Update on twice-daily bromfenac sodium sesquihydrate to treat postoperative ocular inflammation following cataract extraction

Authors Carreño E, Portero, Galarreta, Herreras J

Received 11 February 2012

Accepted for publication 12 March 2012

Published 27 April 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 637—644

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S23381

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Peer reviewer comments 5


Ester Carreño1, Alejandro Portero2, David J Galarreta1,3, José M Herreras1,3
1Ocular Immunology Unit-IOBA (Instituto Universitario de Oftalmobiología), University of Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, Spain; 2Ocular Immunology Unit, Hospital La Zarzuela, Madrid, Spain; 3Ocular Immunology Unit, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Abstract: Ophthalmic bromfenac sodium sesquihydrate is a topically applied selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitor. It is similar to amfenac, except for a bromine atom at the C4 of the benzoyl ring position, which markedly affects its in vitro and in vivo potency, extends the duration of anti-inflammatory activity, and enhances its inhibitory effect on COX-2 absorption across the cornea and penetration into ocular tissues. The United States Food and Drug Administration approved bromfenac in 2005 for the treatment of postoperative inflammation and the reduction of ocular pain in patients who have undergone cataract surgery. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and among them bromfenac, could be even more effective than steroids at reestablishing the blood–aqueous barrier, as revealed by flare on slit-lamp examination and as quantitatively measured using ocular fluorophotometry. Similar to other NSAIDs, it has a role in inhibiting intraoperative miosis during cataract surgery. However, bromfenac also seems to be useful in other situations, such as refractive surgery, allergic conjunctivitis (not useful in dry eye), choroidal neovascularization, and even ocular oncology. No reports of systemic toxicity have been published and bromfenac has good topical tolerance with a low incidence of adverse effects.

Keywords: bromfenac, ophthalmic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, inflammation, cataract surgery

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