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February 1977

Symposium on Ocular Therapy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(2):338. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450020139031

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This is the ninth volume emanating from the annual symposia held during the meeting of the American Academy, and sponsored by the Drug Committee of the Academy, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. It is again edited by Dr Irving H. Leopold of Irvine, Calif, and Dr Robert P. Burns of Portland, Ore. The two lead articles are concerned with new drug delivery systems. The first contribution is by Prof Y. F. Maichuk of Moscow. Professor Maichuk is from the Helmholtz Institute of Ophthalmology and he discusses the use of synthetic vehicles (polyvinyl alcohol and polyacrylamide) to prolong the effect of the drug and achieve higher concentration levels in the eye. These vehicles have been used for the administration of chemotherapeutic agents and antibiotics and are apparently most useful in the treatment of trachoma. The same vehicles used as inserts prove to be insoluble and have to

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