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    Study explores ranibizumab as treatment for ROP

     

    Study rationale

    In a previous study investigating infants treated with bevacizumab for ROP, Dr. Kusaka and colleagues showed that bevacizumab was measureable in serum and that the serum VEGF level was reduced for at least 2 weeks. He also mentioned a study from Taiwanese investigators that found serum VEGF was suppressed for up to 8 weeks in infants treated with intravitreal bevacizumab for ROP.

    “It was shown that in adults with age-related macular degeneration, ranibizumab caused less suppression of plasma VEGF than aflibercept (Eylea, Regeneron) or bevacizumab,” Dr. Kusaka said. “So we were interested in whether in infants with ROP, intravitreal ranibizumab would cause less systemic VEGF suppression than bevacizumab.”

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