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NICE recommends IKERVIS® in England for the treatment of severe keratitis in adult patients with dry eye disease


November 4, 2015, Osaka, Japan –– Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Santen) announced today that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a positive Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending the use of Santen's IKERVIS® (ciclosporin1 mg/mL eye drops emulsion in single-dose containers) in England for the treatment of severe keratitis in adult patients with dry eye disease, which has not improved despite treatment with tear substitutes.1


IKERVIS® is the first and only topical preparation licensed for the treatment of severe keratitis in patients with dry eye disease in the UK.2 IKERVIS® has a novel cationic nano-emulsion formulation to effectively deliver the anti-inflammatory potential of ciclosporin3,4. With this recommendation from NICE, IKERVIS® provides an important new option for the treatment of patients in England who have not responded to tear substitutes. In October of this year the Scottish Medicine's Consortium (SMC) determined that IKERVIS® should be made available to patients in Scotland.5


About Santen

As a specialty company dedicated to the ophthalmic field, Santen carries out research, development, sales, and marketing of pharmaceuticals. Santen is the market leader in Japan for prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals and sells products in over 50 countries. As a leading company in the field of ophthalmology, Santen aims to contribute to society by supplying valuable products and services to satisfy unmet medical needs. For more details, please see Santen's website (


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Takashi Hibi

General Manager

Corporate Communication Group Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.


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1 NICE advice, published at  [accessed 4 November 2015]

2 Ikervis SmPC June 2015, available at

3 Lalleman F et al. J Drug Deliv 2012: 604204

4 Daull P, et al. 2013 Mar; 32 (3): 345-54

5 SMC advice, published at  [12 October 2015]