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Vabysmo

Vabysmo (faricimab) is the only bispecific antibody registered on  the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for neovascular  age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and diabetic macular  oedema (DMO).1,2 It is listed also on the Pharmaceutical Benefits  Scheme (PBS) for nAMD and DMO.3

This intravitreal treatment works on two distinct pathways, specifically  recognising and blocking angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and vascular endothelial  growth factor (VEGF).1  After four initial four-weekly loading doses, the  frequency of ongoing injections may be extended up to every 16 weeks  based on the patient’s anatomic and/or visual outcomes.1,4,5

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Mandatories

Please review the Product Information before prescribing, available at: roche-australia.com/ productinfo/vabysmo. Vabysmo ▼ is listed on the PBS for nAMD and DMO. Refer to PBS  Schedule for full authority information and page 11 of this issue of mivision for indications.

▼ This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring in Australia. This will allow quick identification of new safety information.  Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse events at tga.gov.au/reporting-problems.

Prepared March 2024. M-AU-00002420.

References

  1. Vabysmo Approved Product Information. Available at roche-australia.com/productinfo/vabysmo.
  2. Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care. Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Available at: tga.gov.au/resources/artg [accessed 27 January 2023].
  3. Department of Health. Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Available at pbs.gov.au.
  4. Heier, J.S., Khanani, A.M., Wong, T.Y., et al.; TENAYA and LUCERNE Investigators. Efficacy, durability, and safety of intravitreal faricimab up to every 16 weeks for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (TENAYA and LUCERNE): two randomised, double-masked, phase 3, non-inferiority trials. Lancet. 2022 Feb 19;399(10326):729–740. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00010-1.
  5. Wykoff, C.C., Abreu, F., Tadayoni, R., et al., YOSEMITE and RHINE investigators. Efficacy, durability, and safety of intravitreal faricimab with extended dosing up to every 16 weeks in patients with diabetic macular oedema (YOSEMITE and RHINE): two randomised, double-masked, phase 3 trials. Lancet. 2022 Feb 19;399(10326):741–755. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00018-6.

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