The FDA has approved Akten (lidocaine ophthalmic gel 3.5%, from Akorn), a topical, preservative-free anesthetic for use in ocular procedures, including intravitreal injection and cataract, refractive and Lasik surgery. This approval was based on results from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 209 patients who met the primary endpoint in all three dosing arms of the study.

Akten is expected to be available in October 2008.

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