-- First NHS patient treated less than seven weeks following NICE published guidance
ATLANTA, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALIM) (Alimera), a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, today announced that it has begun shipping initial orders of ILUVIEN® to several United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) facilities. Additionally, on January 10, 2014, the first NHS patient received an ILUVIEN implant for the treatment of chronic diabetic macular edema (DME).
In November 2013, the U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published final guidance for ILUVIEN, clearing the path to patient availability through the NHS. NICE requires clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and local public health authorities to comply with the recommendations in the final guidance within three months of its date of publication. The January orders of ILUVIEN indicate an early implementation of the NICE guidance in certain NHS facilities.
"It is very exciting to be able to provide a patient with ILUVIEN," said Miss Sudeshna Patra, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, who treated the first NHS patient with ILUVIEN at Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, run by Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the U.K. "With ILUVIEN, patients who have chronic diabetic macular edema insufficiently responsive to other therapies may now benefit from 36 months of sustained intravitreal steroid treatment. ILUVIEN has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life of these diabetic patients, who are at risk of severe sight impairment if left untreated."
The NICE final guidance states that patients with a pseudophakic eye, meaning the eye has already undergone cataract surgery, are eligible to receive ILUVIEN for the treatment of chronic DME considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies.
"We believe that the speed at which ILUVIEN has been made available at certain NHS facilities is indicative of the unmet need in this chronic DME patient population," said Dan Myers, Alimera's president and chief executive officer. "These patients now have a new, effective treatment available to them."
ILUVIEN (190 micrograms intravitreal implant in applicator) is a sustained release intravitreal implant used to treat vision impairment associated with chronic DME considered insufficiently responsive to available therapies. Each ILUVIEN implant provides a therapeutic effect of up to 36 months by delivering sustained sub-microgram levels of fluocinolone acetonide (FAc). ILUVIEN is injected in the back of the patient's eye to a position that takes advantage of the eye's natural fluid dynamics. The applicator employs a 25-gauge needle, which allows for a self-sealing wound. In the FAME™ Study, the most frequently reported adverse drug reactions included cataract development and increased ocular pressure. ILUVIEN has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
About Alimera Sciences, Inc.
Alimera Sciences, Inc., headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, is a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Alimera's European operations are conducted from London by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alimera Sciences Limited.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding, among other things, Alimera's commercial plans for ILUVIEN in the United Kingdom. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in its forward-looking statements. Meaningful factors which could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to the speed with which other NHS facilities implement the NICE guidance, as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Alimera's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition to the risks described above and in Alimera's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the SEC, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Alimera's results. There can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Alimera will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Alimera. Therefore, no assurance can be given that the outcomes stated in such forward-looking statements and estimates will be achieved.
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