Wize Pharma Pursuing LO2A In Same and Related Indications in Additional Geographies. LO2A Receives Third Therapeutic Indication in EU Country
HOD HASHARON, Israel, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Wize Pharma, Inc. (“Wize Pharma” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: WIZP) a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, today announced that it was informed by Resdevco, LO2A licensor, that its Hungarian distributor has received an updated market authorization from the Hungarian regulatory authority, The National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) for the treatment of ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome. As a result, LO2A, marketed under the trade name Conheal® in Hungary, is now available for the treatment of dry eye syndrome, Conjunctivochalasis and ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome.
LO2A is already approved in The Netherlands for the treatment of dry eye syndrome and protection from dry eye as result of Sjögren’s Syndrome. Both countries are member states of the European Union.
“There are limited therapeutics options for the treatment of the eye problems resulting from Sjogren’s syndrome, all of them used off label and without specific regulatory authorization. Consequently, this approval is an important event in the development plan for LO2A, being the first eyedrops specifically approved for treatment of the ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome. Most patients use products intended to treat dry eye to manage this much more severe condition,” said Wize’s Chairman, Noam Danenberg. “Wize Pharma’s clinical program focuses on pursuing LO2A approval for treatment of ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome and treatment of Conjunctivochalasis in the United States. The European regulatory approvals will provide further supportive data for clinical and regulatory development in the USA.”
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. This causes a dry mouth, dry eyes and potentially dryness in other places such as the nose, throat and skin.
Sjogren’s syndrome predominately affects women after the age of 40, and is sometimes linked to other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
About Wize Pharma, Inc.
Wize Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company currently focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, including dry eye syndrome (“DES”). Wize Pharma has in-licensed certain rights to purchase, market, sell and distribute a formula known as LO2A, a drug developed for the treatment of DES, and other ophthalmological illnesses, including conjunctivochalasis (“CCH”) and ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome. Wize Pharma has finished a Phase II trial of LO2A for patients with CCH and is currently conducting a Phase IV study for LO2A for DES in patients with Sjögren’s Syndrome. LO2A is currently registered and marketed by its inventor in Germany and Switzerland for the treatment of DES, in Hungary for the treatment of DES, CCH and ophthalmological symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome and in the Netherlands for the treatment of DES and protection from dry eye as result of Sjögren’s Syndrome. Wize Pharma’s strategy involves engaging local or multinational distributors to handle the distribution of LO2A.
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