Genentech's Lucentis for treatment of macular edema following RVO receives FDA approval

Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lucentis® (ranibizumab injection) for the treatment of macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO). The FDA approved this new indication after a six-month Priority Review.

“In the Lucentis RVO clinical trials significantly more people treated with monthly Lucentis showed sustained vision improvement during the six-month study with an effect seen as early as seven days.”

"This approval provides an important new medicine for people experiencing the unexpected vision loss associated with macular edema following RVO," said Hal Barron, M.D., executive vice president, Global Development and chief medical officer. "In the Lucentis RVO clinical trials significantly more people treated with monthly Lucentis showed sustained vision improvement during the six-month study with an effect seen as early as seven days."

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