NOV03 has a unique dual mode of action to address dry eye disease (DED) associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. SEECASE evaluated the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of NOV03 at 2 dosing regimens compared with a saline comparator in patients with DED.
SEECASE was a prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-masked, saline-controlled clinical study. A total of 336 DED patients [tear film breakup time ≤5 seconds, abnormal meibum secretion, total corneal fluorescein staining (tCFS) score of 4 ≤ X ≤ 11 (National Eye Institute scale), Schirmer of ≥5 mm] were randomized in a 2:2:1:1 manner to NOV03 4 times daily (QID), NOV03 twice daily (BID), saline BID, and saline QID, respectively. The primary efficacy endpoint was tCFS staining at 8 weeks for both regimens. Secondary endpoints included visual analog scales and the Ocular Surface Disease Index questionnaire for symptom assessment.
The study met its primary endpoint, change from baseline of tCFS over control, for both dosing regimens QID and BID (P < 0.001 and P = 0.009, respectively). NOV03 also showed pronounced improvement in various symptoms. For the Eye Dryness Score, changes from baseline were statistically significant compared with those of the control at week 8 [P < 0.001 (QID) and P = 0.002 (BID)]. Benefits on tCFS and symptoms started at 2 weeks after start of treatment and were maintained over the study duration. The effects were dosing schedule dependent. NOV03 was well tolerated with instillation site reactions below 3% in both treatment regimes.
The SEECASE study demonstrated that NOV03 improves signs and symptoms in patients with highly symptomatic evaporative dry eye disease.