Date of Award

12-1-2003

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Robert Wordinger

Second Advisor

Richard Easom

Third Advisor

Victoria Rudick

Abstract

Hall, Magali. Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, December 2003. The use of Prostaglandin Analogues (PGAs) in the Treatment of Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma (OAG) or Ocular Hypertension (OHT). Summary: Glaucoma is an ocular condition that causes damage to the optic nerve leading to a loss of visual function, and permanent blindness if left untreated. It is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the U.S. The main risk factor for glaucomatous optic neuropathy is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which can be controlled by pharmaceutical therapy, surgical therapy or both. Topical medication is usually recommended prior to surgical intervention. Objectives: This study had two main objectives. First, to determine the IOP lower safety and efficacy of three concentrations of a new prostaglandin analogues (PGA), and secondly to determine the incidence of ocular hyperemia with once-daily dosing of study medication compared to it’s vehicle and to latanoprost, a marketed PGA. Study Design: This was a Phase II, double-masked, dose-response study with five treatment arms (the three different concentrations of study drug), vehicle, and latanoprost. Study was conducted in fourteen days, with five study visits as follows: Screening and eligibility visit followed by three on-therapy visits scheduled on Day 1, Day 7, and Day 14. The primary efficacy variable was IOP measurements taken at four different time points on study visits. Results: Final data will not available in time to include in this paper.

Comments

Hall, Magali. Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, December 2003. The use of Prostaglandin Analogues (PGAs) in the Treatment of Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma (OAG) or Ocular Hypertension (OHT). W 4.5 H178C 2003

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