Ophthalmology

Given the availability of biosimilars of infliximab, etanercept, and adalimumab in multiple markets worldwide, and given the cost savings associated with the biosimilars, there is growing interest in switching patients receiving maintenance treatment for uveitis to these biosimilar options, but data in switching patients with uveitis have been limited.
The field of biosimilar contenders for anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapies is taking shape, with biosimilar developer Coherus seeking to launch its ranibizumab biosimilar in 2021 and Samsung Bioepis having reached a commercialization agreement for 2 biosimilar anti-VEGFs of its own. Last week, a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology supported the use of anti-VEGF agents in wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), saying that, though these drugs are costly, they may provide substantial economic value to both patients and society.
 
Researchers report that there were no differences in visual acuity letter score (VALS) and central subfield thickness (CST) outcomes at month 24 between patients treated with bevacizumab and those treated with aflibercept in the SCORE2 study.
Samsung Bioepis announced Wednesday that it has entered into a new commercialization agreement with partner Biogen for 2 ophthalmology biosimilars that are currently in development.
Even as biosimilars of anti–vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents are coming to market and advancing through the pipeline, a new agent that may have substantial benefits for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been approved by the FDA: brolucizumab, which sponsor Novartis will sell as Beovu.
Vial sharing for bevacizumab that would otherwise have been discarded yielded a 97.88% reduction in the total cost of a single year of intravitreal injections, as well as a 96.54% increase in the number of injections performed.
Treating macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) with aflibercept was noninferior to ranibizumab treatment at 100 weeks, while the results for bevacizumab versus ranibizumab were inconclusive.
Regeneron’s aflibercept (Eylea) has been approved by the FDA for a prefilled syringe (PFS) presentation. The 2-mg, single-dose, PFS will offer the greater ease of use less preparation than the vial presentation of the drug used to treat a range of eye disorders.
Novartis, developer of the brand-name Lucentis, announced on Friday that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has granted the drug a positive opinion for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity in infants.
A secondary post hoc analysis of patients who had neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and were treated with intravitreal aflibercept or ranibizumab—2 widely used anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapies—found that those with certain characteristics had a substantial risk of conversion to AMD in the untreated eye.

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