Bausch + Lomb Completes Acquisition of XIIDRA
Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a leading global eye health company dedicated to helping people see better to live better, today announced it has completed its acquisition of XIIDRA (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5%, a non-steroid eye drop specifically approved to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED) focusing on inflammation associated with dry eye, and certain other ophthalmology assets.
In addition to XIIDRA, Bausch + Lomb’s dry eye offering includes eye and contact lens drops from the company’s consumer brand franchises and its pharmaceutical business, including MIEBO™ (perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution), which launched in the United States earlier this month as the first and only FDA-approved prescription eye drop for DED that directly targets tear evaporation.
“We expect to quickly take a leading position in the growing prescription dry eye category with the XIIDRA acquisition and MIEBO launch and, importantly, help the millions of patients not currently receiving adequate treatment for dry eye disease,” said Brent Saunders, chairman and CEO, Bausch + Lomb.
DED affects approximately 739 million people worldwide, including approximately 38 million people in the United States.1 The prescription U.S. DED field is expected to grow at a double-digit compounded annual growth rate over the next five years.2
As part of the transaction, Bausch + Lomb also acquired libvatrep (also known as SAF312), an investigational compound being studied for the treatment of chronic ocular surface pain, and AcuStream™ technology, an investigational device that may have the potential to facilitate precise dosing and accurate delivery of certain topical ophthalmic medications to the eye.3,4 Libvatrep is currently in Phase 2b development with study results anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2023.