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Updated NICE guidelines announced for VEGF treatment of "wet" age related macular degeneration.-Bayer + Regeneron

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Last updated:24th Jan 2018
Published:24th Jan 2018
Source: Pharmawand

Updated guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) state that intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment should be offered for late AMD (wet active) for eyes with visual acuity within a specified range. Lucentis (ranibizumab) or Eylea (aflibercept) can be considered a treatment option if: the best-corrected visual acuity is between 6/12 and 6/96; there is no permanent structural damage to the central fovea; the lesion size is less than or equal to 12 disc areas in greatest linear dimension; and there is evidence of recent presumed disease progression. Also, in both cases NICE�s endorsement is contingent on the continued provision of a patient access scheme, which reduced the cost to these drugs to the NHS.

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