Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment has undoubtedly revolutionized how ophthalmologists manage patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
With the first ocular gene therapy approved in the United States, Szilard Kiss, MD, points out that the gene therapy era for retinal disease has arrived, “and hopefully it will arrive for age-related macular degeneration.”
Although the phase III Chroma and Spectri studies for lampalizumab (Genentech), an investigational compound for the treatment of geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), failed to meet their primary endpoints, numerous lessons can be learned from the study data.
Clinical trial data focusing on treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been a highlight at many recent ophthalmology meetings. Here are a few of the latest clinical trials that physicians need to be aware.
Although a proven treatment therapy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) requires frequent, costly anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections. Some pharmaceutical companies do have patient-assistance programs to help alleviate the financial burden.
Twelve-month results of the FILLY trial show that in patients with geographic atrophy, the administration of complement C3 inhibitor APL-2 slowed the growth rate of the disease. It also appeared to increase the risk of new onset AMD, although this did not have an adverse effect on visual outcomes.
Research on treatments and/or causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) covers a wide range of approaches and paradigms. The latest research published in the past three months are perfect examples for understanding and treating AMD.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Pattern on Age-Related Macular Degeneration “are based on the best available scientific data as interpreted by panels of knowledgeable health professionals.” These patterns offer solid clinical guidelines for treating and counseling AMD patients.
Two of the top 10 “most-talked-about” articles in JAMA Ophthalmology are about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One of the current top 5 “most-read” articles in the American Journal of Ophthalmology is also about AMD. Here are a brief synopsis of those three papers.
Since February is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness month. For healthcare providers, there are numerous resources available to help promote awareness to patients and to encourage patients to continue (or start) annual visual exams.