The FDA has approved Vabysmo for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema, according to a press release from Genentech.
Vabysmo (faricimab-svoa) is an injectable eye medicine that works by targeting and inhibiting Ang-2 and VEGF-A pathways.
“Vabysmo represents an important step forward for ophthalmology. It is the first bispecific antibody approved for the eye and a major advance in treating retinal conditions such as wet AMD and diabetic macular edema,” Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, director of research at Retina Consultants of Texas in Houston and a Vabysmo phase 3 investigator, said in the release. “With Vabysmo, we now have the opportunity to offer patients a medicine that could improve their vision, potentially lowering treatment burden with fewer injections over time.”
The approval is based on positive results from four phase 3 studies investigating the therapy’s efficacy and safety in patients with wet AMD and DME. In the first year, patients treated with Vabysmo at intervals spanning up to 4 months experienced noninferior vision gains compared with patients treated every 2 months with aflibercept…….
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