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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Files For Regulatory Approval In Japan For Mucosta® Ophthalmic Suspension For Dry Eye
Medical News Today - November 12, 2010

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced it has applied for regulatory approval in Japan to manufacture and market Mucosta® (rebamipide) ophthalmic suspension for treatment of dry eye. Dry eye is a chronic condition of the corneal and conjunctival epithelia resulting from a range of factors, and involves subjective symptoms including ocular discomfort and visual disturbance.

By its novel mechanism of action to promote the production of mucin in the ocular surface (both the cornea and the conjunctiva), Mucosta ophthalmic suspension stabilizes the tear film and has demonstrated effectiveness in dry eye treatment. In a clinical trial conducted in Japan, it was confirmed that in addition to the improvement in corneal-conjunctival damage in patients with dry eye, Mucosta ophthalmic suspension also showed improvements in subjective symptoms.