Researchers look to fill need for longer duration medications, delivery systems

KOLOA, Hawaii — Because a longer duration medication that delivers therapy without creating therapeutic peaks and troughs is a desirable goal, a variety of approaches to improving drug delivery to the posterior segment are being researched, according to a speaker here. Intravitreal injections or use of sustained release solid implant intravitreal devices are the most common techniques currently employed, William F. Mieler, MD, Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago, told colleagues at Retina 2014.

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