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FDA Approves Roche’s Vabysmo Prefilled Syringe for 3 Leading Causes of Vision Loss

Designed to simplify administration, Vabysmo PFS provides retina specialists a ready-to-use option. Vabysmo PFS will be available for people living with nAMD, DME and RVO

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Vabysmo Prefilled Syringe

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has approved the Vabysmo® (faricimab) 6.0 mg single-dose prefilled syringe (PFS) for use in the treatment of neovascular or ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration (nAMD), diabetic macular edema (DME) and macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO). Together, these three conditions affect close to 80 million people globally.1-4 The Vabysmo PFS will become available to United States (US) retina specialists and their patients in the coming months.

“We are pleased that the US FDA has approved the Vabysmo PFS for people living with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusion, which are some of the leading causes of vision loss,” said Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Roche’s Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Product Development. “While many retina specialists are already using Vabysmo as a first-line treatment, this new offering should make it even simpler to administer, thereby enhancing the treatment experience for both physicians and patients.”

Vabysmo PFS delivers the same medicine as the currently available Vabysmo vials in an alternative, ready-to-use format. Vabysmo will continue to be available in a 6.0 mg vial.5

Vabysmo is the first and only bispecific antibody approved for the eye and has demonstrated rapid and robust vision improvements and retinal drying in nAMD, DME and RVO.5-13 Retinal drying is an important clinical measure, as swelling from excess fluid in the back of the eye is associated with distorted and blurred vision.14

To date, Vabysmo is approved in more than 95 countries for nAMD and DME, and in several countries, including the US and Japan, for RVO.5,7,15-18 Review by other health authorities across the globe is ongoing. More than four million doses of Vabysmo have been distributed globally since its initial US approval in 2022.18

About Vabysmo® (faricimab)
Vabysmo is the first bispecific antibody approved for the eye.5-7 It targets and inhibits two signalling pathways linked to a number of vision-threatening retinal conditions by neutralising angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A). Ang-2 and VEGF-A contribute to vision loss by destabilising blood vessels, causing new leaky blood vessels to form and increasing inflammation. By blocking pathways involving Ang-2 and VEGF-A, Vabysmo is designed to stabilise blood vessels.6,19 Vabysmo is approved in more than 95 countries around the world, including the United States (US), Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union for people living with neovascular or ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema and in several countries, including the US and Japan, for retinal vein occlusion.5,7,15-19 Review by other regulatory authorities is ongoing.

About Roche in ophthalmology
Roche is focused on saving people’s eyesight from the leading causes of vision loss through pioneering therapies. Through our innovation in the scientific discovery of new potential drug targets, personalised healthcare, molecular engineering, biomarkers and continuous drug delivery, we strive to design the right therapies for the right patients.

We have the broadest retina pipeline in ophthalmology, which is led by science and informed by insights from people with eye diseases. Our pipeline includes gene therapies and treatments across multiple vision-threatening conditions, including diabetic eye diseases, geographic atrophy and autoimmune conditions, such as thyroid eye disease and uveitic macular edema.

Applying our extensive experience, we have already brought breakthrough ophthalmic treatments to people living with vision loss. Susvimo® (previously called Port Delivery System with ranibizumab) 100 mg/mL for intravitreal use via ocular implant was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2021.20 Vabysmo® (faricimab) is the first bispecific antibody approved for the eye, which targets and inhibits two signalling pathways linked to a number of vision-threatening retinal conditions by neutralising angiopoietin-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor-A.5-7,19 Lucentis® (ranibizumab injection)* was the first treatment approved to improve vision in people with certain retinal conditions.21

References
[1] Bright Focus Foundation. Age-related macular degeneration: facts & figures. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/age-related-macular-facts-figures.
[2] Im JHB, et al. Prevalence of diabetic macular edema (DME) based on optical coherence tomography in people with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Surv Ophthalmol. 2022 Jul-Aug;67(4):1244-1251.
[3] The Lancet. Diabetes: a defining disease of the 21st century. Lancet. 2023 Jun 24;401(10394):2087.
[4] Song P, et al. Global epidemiology of retinal vein occlusion (RVO): a systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence, incidence, and risk factors. J Glob Health. 2019 Jun;9(1):010427.
[5] United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA). Highlights of prescribing information, Vabysmo. 2022. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2022/761235s000lbl.pdf.
[6] Heier JS, et al. Efficacy, durability, and safety of intravitreal faricimab up to every 16 weeks for neovascular macular degeneration (nAMD) (TENAYA and LUCERNE): two randomised, double-masked, Phase III, non-inferiority trials. The Lancet. 2022; 399:729-40.
[7] Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approves faricimab through international work-sharing initiative. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-approves-faricimab-through-international-work-sharing-initiative.
[8] Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with nAMD (TENAYA). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03823287.
[9] Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with nAMD (LUCERNE). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03823300.
[10] Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with DME (YOSEMITE). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03622580.
[11] Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with DME (RHINE). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03622593.
[12]Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with macular edema secondary to branch RVO (BALATON). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04740905.
[13] Clinical Trials.gov. A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of faricimab in participants with macular edema secondary to central retinal or hemi RVO (COMINO). [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04740931.
[14] United States National Institutes of Health – National Eye Institute. Macular edema. 2023. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/macular-edema.
[15] Chugai obtains regulatory approval for Vabysmo, the first bispecific antibody in ophthalmology, for nAMD and DME. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.chugai-pharm.co.jp/english/news/detail/20220328160002_909.html.
[16] Chugai obtains regulatory approval for Vabysmo, the only bispecific antibody in the ophthalmology field, for additional indication of macular edema associated with RVO. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.chugai-pharm.co.jp/english/news/detail/20240326160000_1054.html.
[17] European Medicines Agency. Summary of product characteristics, Vabysmo. 2022. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/product-information/vabysmo-epar-product-information_en.pdf.
[18] Roche data on file.
[19] Wykoff C, et al. Efficacy, durability, and safety of intravitreal faricimab with extended dosing up to every 16 weeks in patients with DME (YOSEMITE and RHINE): two randomised, double-masked, Phase III trials. The Lancet. 2022; 399:741-755.
[20] U.S. FDA. Highlights of prescribing information, Susvimo. 2021. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2021/761197s000lbl.pdf.
[21] U.S. FDA. Highlights of prescribing information, Lucentis. 2014. [Internet; cited July 2024]. Available from: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/125156s0069s0076lbl.pdf.

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