aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals)

Dr. Mali's top 5 predictions in ophthalmology for 2018
Dr. Mali's top 5 predictions in ophthalmology for 2018Josh Mali, MD, shares his predictions for the 2018 ophthalmic year.
Ultra-widefield angiography: New window for retinovascular featuresQuantitative assessment of retinovascular features on ultra-widefield angiography images showed significant improvements in leakage and ischemia following treatment with aflibercept in patients with diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusion.
Aflibercept helps in ME patients with DR after cataract surgeryPatients with diabetic retinopathy have a high risk of developing macular edema after cataract surgery. Intravitreal injections of aflibercept might result in fewer patients developing macular edema in this patient population.
Anti-angiogenic agent, platform planned for human trialFindings from preclinical studies show that a novel intravitreal depot of an anti-angiogenic drug releases the medication over a period of at least 6 months, is well-tolerated, and prevents VEGF-induced retinal vascular leakage.
Real-world outcomes with aflibercept better in treatment-naïve patientsAfter 12 months of treatment with intravitreal aflibercept injections, both treatment-naïve and pre-treated patients demonstrated visual acuity gains. Visual acuity improvement was higher in treatment-naïve patients.
Data clearly demonstrates bevacizumab’s inferiority for DMEAll three anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents that are commercially available have demonstrated efficacy for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). However, it is clear from the results of clinical trials that outcomes with bevacizumab are not as good as those obtained using ranibizumab or aflibercept, according to Jean-François Korobelnik, MD.
Aflibercept rivals laser for diabetic retinopathyIntravitreal aflibercept worked better than panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) for proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) in a new head-to-head trial, according to researchers.
Insights from anti-VEGF pivotal DME trialsAnalyses of data collected in the RISE/RIDE and VIVID/VISTA clinical trials provide important messages about the efficacy and safety of ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) and aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron) for treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME).
Data support adding suprachoroidal injection to anti-VEGF for RVOResults from the phase II TANZANITE clinical trial support further investigation of adding suprachoroidal triamcinolone acetonide to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy for treatment-naïve retinal vein occlusion.
Study: Fluocinolone acetonide 0.2 µg/day reduced DR progressionTreatment with fluocinolone acetonide 0.2 µg/day significantly reduced progression to proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) in patients who were part of the FAME trials1,2 and had visual acuity loss due to diabetic macular edema (DME), according to Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD.