Efficacy and Durability of Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) in nAMD Patients 
Ranibizumab, commonly known as Lucentis®, has demonstrated remarkable efficacy and durability in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) in the RIVAL study1. This treatment has revolutionized the management of nAMD, offering hope for patients grappling with this degenerative condition.
Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) has been widely used for nAMD treatment in various countries, including Japan2. Its effectiveness is highlighted by its ability to significantly improve vision and quality of life3. The RIVAL study reported no significant difference between ranibizumab and aflibercept used for neovascular AMD4, further solidifying the standing of Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) in the field of nAMD treatment.
The durability of Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) is another factor that sets it apart. In the RIVAL study, patients treated with Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) showed consistent progress over an extended period1. Moreover, in another study, Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) demonstrated comparable significant decreases in Retinal Ganglion Cell Layer (RCGL) and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer (RNFL) thickness compared to aflibercept and bevacizumab5, demonstrating the long-term safety and durability of this treatment.

Benefits of Treat-and-Extend Regimen with Ranibizumab (Lucentis®)
With the treat-and-extend regimen, patients receive injections of Ranibizumab (Lucentis®), only extending the interval between treatments when the disease activity is under control 6,7,8. This approach has proven successful in managing nAMD, with the RIVAL study showing significant improvements in patients following this regimen1.
In conclusion, Ranibizumab (Lucentis®) offers a promising option for nAMD patients. Its efficacy, durability, and the benefits of the treat-and-extend regimen make it a valuable treatment in the management of this degenerative condition. As we continue to explore and refine these treatments, the future looks brighter for those affected by nAMD.

 

 
References : 
  • JAMA Network: Kertes PJ, Galic IJ, Greve M, et al. Efficacy of a Treat-and-Extend Regimen With Ranibizumab in Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial . JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(3):244–250. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.5540
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