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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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8 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 Dextenza (Ocular Therapeutix) Patients are least likely to adhere to drop regimens after eye surgery, so any product that reduces the need for drops is bound to be a welcome addition. Recently FDA- approved, Dextenza (dex- amethasone ophthalmic insert) 0.4mg is a tiny plug that's inserted into the punctum and canaliculus — "a very straightforward and efficient way of applying the steroid after surgery," says ophthalmologist I. Paul Singh, MD the Eye Centers of Racine and Kenosha (Wisc.). "What's unique about having a punctal plug is that it's not inside the eye. That makes it easi- Jim Burger | Contributing Editor Catching Up With 5 Sustained-Release Drugs New inserts, implants and injections extend therapy for days or even weeks after surgery. W elcome to the world of time-release treatments — meds that you administer before or during sur- gery, but that keep working for days, weeks, months or even years, so your patients don't have to. From analgesia to ophthalmic therapies, here's a look at 5 sustained-release drugs that ease the burden of medication adherence and compliance for your patients and your physicians.

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