Preservative-Free Tafluprost/Timolol Fixed Combo Reduces IOP in Open-Angle Glaucoma

Pavankumar Kamat


April 28, 2021


  • Preservative-free tafluprost (0.0015%)/timolol (0.5%) fixed combination (PF-Taf-T-FC) was effective in reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) or ocular hypertension (OHT), inadequately controlled on prior monotherapies with prostaglandin analogues (PGAs) or beta-blockers.

  • PF-Taf-T-FC was well-tolerated with mostly mild-to-moderate adverse events (AEs).

Why this matters

  • Findings highlight the real-world efficacy of PF-Taf-T-FC in improving IOP, the only modifiable risk factor for OAG.

Study details

  • This study reported results from UK (n=65) and Ireland cohorts (n=17) enrolled in the VISIONARY trial evaluating the effectiveness of PF-Taf-T-FC in patients with OAG or OHT inadequately managed by PGA or beta-blocker monotherapies.

  • Primary endpoint: change in IOP from baseline to 6 months.

  • Funding: Santen SA.

Key results

  • PF-Taf-T-FC treatment significantly reduced IOP (mean±standard deviation [SD]) at 6 months:

  • UK cohort: 22.0±4.5 (baseline) to 16.2±2.9 mmHg (month 6); P<.0001; and

  • Ireland cohort: 18.6±5.1 (baseline) to 14.1±3.0 mmHg (month 6); P=.003.

  • Significant IOP reduction (P<.0001) was seen from week 4 (mean±SD, 17.2±3.6 mmHg) of treatment in the UK cohort.

  • In the UK cohort, 49 AEs (mild, 63.3%; moderate, 26.5%; severe, 10.2%) were reported, of which 46.9% were treatment-related.

  • No AEs were reported in the Ireland cohort.

  • After 6 months of therapy, 90% of patients reported good or very good tolerability with PF-Taf-T-FC.


  • Small sample size.

  • Results not applicable to angle-closure and childhood glaucomas.


Ansari E, Pavicic-Astalos J, Ayan F, King AJ, Kinsella M, Ng E, Nita A; VISIONARY Group. Treatment of Open-Angle Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension with Preservative-Free Tafluprost/Timolol Fixed-Dose Combination Therapy: UK and Ireland Results from the VISIONARY Study. Adv Ther. 2021 Apr 22 [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1007/s12325-021-01725-7. PMID: 33886093. View full text

This clinical summary originally appeared on Univadis, part of the Medscape Professional Network.


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