The Avastin vs Visudyne for Neovascular AMD Study

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Lucentis, a treatment superior to PDT, has become available i Sweden.)
Information provided by:
St. Erik Eye Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 17, 2006
Last updated: May 24, 2007
Last verified: May 2007
The object of the study is to compare the treatment effect of bevacizumab (Avastin), an antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor, with verteporfin photodynamic therapy (PDT) for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision severe loss in the Western world.

Condition Intervention Phase
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Drug: Bevacizumab (Avastin)
Drug: Verteporfin photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Masked, Controlled Study on Intravitreal Bevacizumab (Avastin) Versus Verteporfin (Visudyne) Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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Further study details as provided by St. Erik Eye Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients losing less than 15 letters on the ETDRS visual acuity chart.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of patients gaining more than 15 letters on the ETDRS visual acuity chart.
  • Proportion of patients losing more than 30 letters on the ETDRS visual acuity chart.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2006
Detailed Description:
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is caused by an ingrowth of pathological vessels under the macula. Experimental studies have demonstrated that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is centrally involved in this process. Current treatment options have up until now been limited to photodynamic therapy (PDT) where a photosensitizing agent in combination with laser is used to occlude the pathologic vessels. Anti-VEGF agents have recently become available making them a potentially attractive treatment alternative for neovascular AMD. We will compare the effect intravitreally administered bevacizumab with conventional PDT in a prospective, randomized and controlled trial including 100 patients (50 patients receiving either treatment regimen). Non-treated patients will receive either sham-injection or sham-PDT. The primary endpoint of the study is the amount of patients losing less than 15 letters on the ETDRS visual acuity chart. The study will go on for 2 years with an interim report after 1 year.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with subfoveal neovascular AMD with either classic/predominantly classic or small occult lesions
  • visual acuity >=0.1

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with subfoveal neovascular AMD with minimally classic lesions or large occult lesions
  • subfoveal hemorrhage (>1DA) or fibrosis
  • patients previously treated for neovascular AMD in the study eye
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00390026

S:t Eriks Eye Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden, SE-11282
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Erik Eye Hospital
Principal Investigator: Anders Kvanta, MD, PhD S:t Erik's Eye Hospital
Study Director: Stefan Seregard, MD, PhD S:t Eriks Eye Hospital
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00390026     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AVA001  EU2006-001200-36 
Study First Received: October 17, 2006
Last Updated: May 24, 2007
Health Authority: Sweden: Medical Products Agency

Keywords provided by St. Erik Eye Hospital:
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration
Photodynamic therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Macular Degeneration
Wet Macular Degeneration
Eye Diseases
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Growth Inhibitors
Growth Substances
Photosensitizing Agents
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