Ranibizumab gains NICE approval for secondary macular oedema

Ranibizumab (Lucentis) can now be prescribed in the NHS for macular oedema secondary to central or branch retinal vein occlusion.

Ranibizumab is administered by specialists via intravitreal injection (pictured) | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Ranibizumab is administered by specialists via intravitreal injection (pictured) | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Ranibizumab can be used for macular oedema both as first-line therapy following central retinal vein occlusion and as a second-line treatment for branch retinal vein occlusion when laser photocoagulation has not been beneficial or cannot be used owing to the extent of macular haemorrhage. However, it must be provided by the manufacturer at a discount as agreed in the patient access scheme.

This recommendation follows recent positive decisions by NICE on the use of ranibizumab in wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular oedema, after the implementation of a patient access sceme in 2012 reducing the cost of the drug to the NHS.

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NICE guidance on ranibuzumab in macular oedema secondary to retinal vein occlusion 

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