A Comparison of Three Different Formulations of Prednisolone Acetate 1%

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 27, 2006
Results First Posted : April 21, 2014
Last Update Posted : June 3, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Indiana University ( Indiana University School of Medicine )

Brief Summary:
Generic prednisolone acetate 1% is less effective than Pred Forte 1% or Econopred Plus 1%.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Glaucoma Cataract Drug: Pred Forte Drug: EconoPred Plus Drug: Prednisolone Acetate Phase 4

Detailed Description:

Overall Study Design:


This is a randomized, double-masked prospective study. The study medications will be masked and randomized by the outpatient pharmacy at Indiana University Hospital.


Treatment duration: The duration of each subject's participation will be for up to 2 months after surgery. One hundred and two subjects will be enrolled over a twelve-month time span.


Examiner, staff, and subjects are masked. Parallel group comparison.

Dosage/Dose Regimen/Instructions:

Subjects scheduled for glaucoma and/or cataract surgery will be recruited. Subjects may not be currently on any steroid or ophthalmic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) therapy for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to surgery. Subjects will be randomized to receive a dose of Pred Forte 1% (Allergan), Econopred Plus 1% (Alcon) or prednisolone acetate 1% (Falcon) four times a day starting immediately after finishing the surgery for two weeks, then twice a day for two more weeks. After 1 month of therapy subjects will stop or continue steroid treatment based on clinical findings. No other subconjunctival steroid or ointment will be used intra-operatively or post-operatively. The eye drop will be instilled per labeling instructions.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Comparison of Three Different Formulations of Topical Prednisolone Acetate 1% for Control of Post Glaucoma and/or Cataract Surgery Inflammation.
Study Start Date : September 2002
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Pred Forte 1%
Pred Forte 1% dosed four times daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Drug: Pred Forte
Four drops daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Other Name: Econopred Plus
Active Comparator: EconoPred Plus 1%
EconoPred Plus 1% dosed four times daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Drug: EconoPred Plus
Prednisolone Acetate four times daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Other Name: Pred Forte
Active Comparator: Prednisolone Acetate 1%
Prednisolone Acetate 1% dosed four times daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Drug: Prednisolone Acetate
Dosed four times daily decreasing to once daily over four weeks.
Other Names:
  • Pred Forte
  • EconoPred Plus

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Percent Change in Flare at Resolution [ Time Frame: 2 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be willing and able to provide written informed consent.
  • Be able and willing to follow instructions on the use of the study medication and likely to complete the entire course of the study.
  • Be male or female of any race at least 18 years of age.
  • Have visually significant cataract or medically uncontrolled glaucoma for which they have elected to undergo surgery.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindication to use of corticosteroids.
  • Ocular disease other than glaucoma or ocular hypertension that would interfere with study parameters (such as: uveitis, ocular infection, or severe dry eye). Subjects with mild chronic blepharitis, age-related macular degeneration and background diabetic retinopathy may be enrolled at the discretion of the investigator.
  • Laser or any other intraocular surgery within the past three months.
  • Require use of ocular NSAID or systemic steroids.
  • Have known allergy or sensitivity to the study medications or their components
  • Have corneal abnormalities that would interfere with the ability to obtain an adequate laser flare measurement.
  • Be concurrently enrolled in an investigational drug or device study or participation within the last 30 days in any investigational drug or device study.
  • Be pregnant, nursing, planning a pregnancy, or be of childbearing potential and not using a reliable form of contraception (a woman is considered of childbearing potential unless she is postmenopausal, has had a uterus and/or both ovaries removed, or has had a bilateral tubal ligation).
  • Have a situation or condition that in the investigator's opinion may put the subject at significant risk, may confound the study results, or may interfere significantly with participation in the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00345046

United States, Indiana
IU Eye at Carmel
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46290
Sponsors and Collaborators
Indiana University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Louis B Cantor, MD IUPUI/Clarian

Additional Information:
Fiscella RG, Gutta R, Goldstein DB, Viana MAG. Comparison of PredForte Brand to generic Prednisolone acette and loteprednol etabonate (lotemax) in a Rabbit Model of Inflammation. American Academy of Ophthalmology 2001 Annual Meeting, Poster 73 Session 2001.

Responsible Party: Indiana University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT00345046     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0201-28
First Posted: June 27, 2006    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: April 21, 2014
Last Update Posted: June 3, 2015
Last Verified: March 2014

Keywords provided by Indiana University ( Indiana University School of Medicine ):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ocular Hypertension
Eye Diseases
Lens Diseases
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents