Will VEGF Trap-Eye reduce the treatment burden in neovascular age-related macular degeneration?

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Abstract

Evaluation of: Brown DM, Heier JS, Ciulla T et al. Primary end point results of a Phase II study of vascular endothelial growth factor trap-eye in wet age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmology 118(6), 1089-1097 (2011); Heier JS, Boyer D, Nguyen QD et al. The 1-year results of CLEAR-IT 2, a Phase 2 study of vascular endothelial growth factor trap-eye dosed as-needed after 12-week fixed dosing. Ophthalmology 118(6), 1098-1106 (2011). Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in older adults in western countries, and is likely to become the largest cause of irreversible sight loss in the developing world. Treatments such as ranibizumab and bevacizumab that inhibit VEGF have improved visual outcomes markedly. Controlled trials and clinical experience have shown that the best outcomes are achieved when monthly treatment has been administered over 2 years. This poses a significant burden on health providers and patients. A novel inhibitor of VEGF, VEGF Trap-Eye, which allows less frequent dosing without loss of efficacy, has emerged as a potential treatment. CLEAR-IT 2 was a prospective randomized Phase II trial designed to assess the safety, tolerability and the anatomic and visual effects of repeated treatments with a range of doses of VEGF Trap-Eye. Impressive anatomic and visual improvements were noted with no safety concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalExpert Review of Ophthalmology
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2011

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