FDA to Review Lifitegrast for Dry Eye Disease
The NDA submission is supported by data from four clinical trials with more than 1,800 patients. These included one Phase 2 study, two Phase 3 efficacy and safety studies, and one long-term Phase 3 safety study.
Lifitegrast is a novel small-molecule integrin inhibitor. It binds to the integrin LFA-1 (lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1), a cell surface protein found on leukocytes, and blocks the interaction of LFA-1 with its cognate ligand ICAM-1 (intercellular adhesion molecule-1). ICAM-1 is over-expressed in corneal and conjunctival tissues in dry eye disease. LFA-1/ICAM-1 interaction contributes to the formation of immunological synapses resulting in T-cell activation and migration to target tissues.
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