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Disclosed herein are therapeutic regimens for treating or ameliorating a visual disorder associate with an endogenous retinoid deficiency in a subject by administering a therapeutically effective amount of a synthetic retinal derivative or a pharmaceutically acceptable composition comprising a synthetic retinal derivative according to the therapeutic regimen which leads to local recovery of visual functions such as visual fields, visual acuity and retinal sensitivity, among others.


A solid drug core insert can be manufactured by injecting a liquid mixture comprising a therapeutic agent and a matrix precursor into a sheath body. The injection can be conducted at subambient temperatures. The mixture is cured to form a solid drug-matrix core. The therapeutic agent can be a liquid at about room temperature that forms a dispersion of droplets in the matrix material. A surface of the solid drug core is exposed, for example by cutting the tube, and the exposed surface of the solid drug core releases therapeutic quantities of the therapeutic agent when implanted into the patient. In some embodiments, the insert body inhibits release of the therapeutic agent, for example with a material substantially impermeable to the therapeutic agent, such that the therapeutic quantities are released through the exposed surface, thereby avoiding release of the therapeutic agent to non-target tissues.


Therapeutic regimes for improving visual function in a subject having a deficiency in endogenously produced 11-cis retinal comprising administering the synthetic retinal derivative as a divided dose over 2-7 days then providing a resting period of 7-28 days after which the second dose of the synthetic retinal derivative is administered. Preferred synthetic retinal derivatives are 9-or 11-cis-retinyl esters. Disorders associated with deficiency in endogenously produced 11-cis retinal include retinitis pigmentosa and Leber congenital amaurosis


A method of decreasing intraocular pressure (IOP) in an eye of a patient in need thereof includes implanting a first lacrimal implant through an upper punctum and into an upper lacrimal canaliculus of the eye of the patient. The method may further comprise implanting a second lacrimal implant through a lower punctum and into a lower lacrimal canaliculus of the eye of the patient, and releasing, on a sustained basis a therapeutically effective amount of an intraocular pressure-reducing therapeutic agent.


Patent
Qlt | Date: 2013-05-22

A polymer and a method for its preparation are provided. The polymer comprises poly(lactide), poly(lactide/glycolide) or poly(lactic acid/glycolic acid) segments bonded by ester linkages to both ends of an alkanediol core unit. The polymer is for use in a controlled release formulation for a medicament, preferably leuprolide acetate. The controlled release formulation is administered to a patient as a subcutaneous depot of a flowable composition comprising the polymer, a biocompatible solvent, and the medicament. Controlled release formulations comprising the polymer release leuprolide for treatment of prostate cancer patients over periods of 3-6 months.


Therapeutic regimes for improving visual function in a subject having a deficiency in endogenously produced 11-cis retinal comprising administering the synthetic retinal derivative as a divided dose over 2-7 days then providing a resting period of 7-28 days after which the second dose of the synthetic retinal derivative is administered. Preferred synthetic retinal derivatives are 9- or 11-cis-retinyl esters. Disorders associated with deficiency in endogenously produced 11-cis retinal include retinitis pigmentosa and Leber congenital amaurosis.


Pharmaceutical formulations comprising 9-cis-retinyl esters in a lipid vehicle are described as retinoid replacement therapies for treating retinal degenerations in humans.


Patent
Qlt and Tolmar Inc. | Date: 2012-10-02

The present invention relates to a rapamycin sustained release delivery system for treatment of diseases responsive to rapamycin. The sustained release delivery system of the invention includes a flowable composition containing rapamycin or a rapamycin derivative, which is capable of providing an implant containing the rapamycin or derivative thereof. The flowable composition may be injected into tissue whereupon it coagulates to become the solid or gel, monolithic implant. The flowable composition includes a biodegradable, thermoplastic polymer, an organic liquid and rapamycin or a rapamycin derivative.


Patent
Qlt | Date: 2013-11-06

The present method involves the photodynamic treatment of acne vulgaris. The method involves the topical administration of a photosensitizer composition comprising hydrophobic green porphyrins such as lemuteporfin, polyethylene glycol and skin penetration enhancers such as oleyl alcohol and TRANSCUTOL to acne-affected skin and subsequent exposure of that skin to energy of a wavelength of activating the photosensitizer.


Patent
Qlt | Date: 2012-08-29

Lacrimal implants for treating diseases or disorders are disclosed. More particularly, lacrimal implants, methods of making such implants, and methods of treating ocular, respiration, inner ear or other diseases or disorders using such implants are disclosed.

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