Curr Med Res Opin. 2010 Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]
Torkildsen GL, Cockrum P, Meier E, Hammonds WM, Silverstein B, Silverstein S.
Andover Eye Associates, Andover, MA, USA.
To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of tobramycin/dexamethasone (TobraDex ST * ; 'ST') ophthalmic suspension 0.3%/0.05% compared to azithromycin (Azasite † ) ophthalmic solution (1%) in the treatment of moderate to severe blepharitis/blepharoconjunctivitis.
Research design and methods:
The study was a multicenter, randomized, investigator-masked, and active-controlled, 15-day study. Enrolled in the study were 122 adult subjects (at least 18 years of age) diagnosed with moderate to severe blepharitis/blepharoconjunctivitis, defined by a minimum score of at least '1' for one of the lid signs, one of the conjunctival signs, and one of the symptoms in at least one eye and a minimum global score (total signs and symptoms score) of '5' in the same eye. One group of 61 subjects received ST with instructions to dose 1 drop four times daily (QID) for 14 days. The other group of 61 subjects received azithromycin and dosed with 1 drop twice daily (BID) for 2 days followed by once daily (QD) dosing for 12 days. Visits were conducted at Day 1 (baseline), Day 8 and Day 15. The a priori primary outcome parameter of the study was the seven-item global score defined as the total score of lid margin redness, bulbar conjunctival redness, palpebral conjunctival redness, ocular discharge (0-3 scale), and lid swelling, itchy eyelids, and gritty eyes (0-4 scale). The study utilized standardized, validated photograph control scales developed by Ora, Inc. (Andover, MA).
Clinical trial registration:
The study was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under the registry number NCT01102244.
Results: A statistically significant lower mean global score (p = 0.0002) was observed in subjects treated with ST compared to subjects treated with azithromycin at Day 8. No serious adverse events were reported during the course of the study in either group.
Conclusion: ST provides a fast and effective treatment of acute blepharitis compared to azithromycin. Initial therapy with the combination of tobramycin/dexamethasone provides faster inflammation relief than azithromycin for moderate to severe blepharitis/blepharoconjunctivitis.