The FDA approved Iluvien to treat diabetic macular edema (DME), a swelling on the back of the retina that can cause blindness should the condition become severe enough. Iluvien is an injectable implant, and its use involves placing a small cylindrical tube filled with a drug on the back of the eye where DME usually forms.
pSivida announced the FDA approval entitles it to receive a milestone payment of $25 million from Alimera Sciences (ALIM) - Get Alimera Sciences, Inc. Report , to which pSivida licensed Iluvien in February 2005. pSivida is also entitled to 20% of net profits from U.S. sales of Iluvien, which the company said should debut in early 2015.
Iluvien is already approved in 10 European countries, including the U.K., France and Germany.
Alimera also surged 18.78% to $5.85 in after-hours trading.