Ophthalmology

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.
Anti–vascular endothelial growth factor therapy is the standard of care for the first-line treatment of macular edema associated with central retinal vein occlusion or hemiretinal vein occlusion, and a number of therapeutic options are available, including aflibercept, ranibizumab, and off-label bevacizumab.
The FDA this week approved Regeneron’s aflibercept (Eylea) to treat all stages of diabetic retinopathy. The regulatory decision makes aflibercept the only anti–vascular endothelial growth factor therapy approved for 2 dosing regimens in this indication: every 8 weeks or every 4 weeks.
During this week’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2019 Annual Meeting, researchers presented new findings on the utility—and the delivery—of bevacizumab in eye disorders.
Xbrane Biopharma, a Swedish biotechnology company, says it is starting its phase 3 trial of its ranibizumab biosimilar, referencing Lucentis, and also set sales targets for the treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration.
 
Republic of Korea-based biosimilar developer Alteogen has reported that it has been granted a process patent for its method of producing an aflibercept biosimilar, ALT-L9, referencing Regeneron’s innovator drug Eylea.
Swedish biotechnology company Xbrane Biopharma recently announced that it has submitted its first national Clinical Trial Application to the FDA seeking permission to begin the Xplore trial.
This month, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Italy’s national health system can reimburse for the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, despite the fact that bevacizumab does not have a marketing authorization for this indication.

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