Lucentis Utilizing Visudyne (LUV Trial) Combination Therapy in the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

This study has been terminated.
(Lack of efficacy)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David M. Brown, M.D., Greater Houston Retina Research Identifier:
First received: January 16, 2007
Last updated: October 15, 2012
Last verified: October 2012
The PDT/Lucentis trial will be a Phase IV comparative trial comparing the use of combination therapy with ITV ranibizumab and verteporfin PDT to ITV ranibizumab alone in patients with exudative AMD. Patients will be randomized to one of three groups. All patients will receive three consecutive monthly treatments with ITV ranibizumab. Patients randomized to group I will receive only ITV ranibizumab. Patients randomized to group II will also receive one treatment with reduced fluence (20% fluence) verteporfin PDT at day 0. Patients randomized to group III will also receive one treatment with reduced fluence (40% fluence) vPDT. All patients will also be evaluated for possible retreatment with ranibizumab according to established criteria. Thirty patients (ten per group) will be recruited from one U.S. sites in a 6-month period. Randomization will occur at the time of entry into the study. Follow-up will continue until month 12 (from day 0) in all subjects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Drug: Ranibizumab (Lucentis)
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Lucentis Utilizing Visudyne (LUV Trial)-- Reduced Fluence Photodynamic Therapy With Visudyne Combined With Intravitreal Ranibizumab in the Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Further study details as provided by Greater Houston Retina Research:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Best-corrected ETDRS visual acuity at 3 and 12 month time points (gain or loss of >15 letters at 12 months) [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of intravitreal injections with ranibizumab needed by patients at 12 months [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • OCT 3 macular thickness improvement (Baseline-1month, 2months, 3months, 6months &12 months) [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Choroidal perfusion as assessed by ICG angiography at 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 months [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety of combination therapy with verteporfin PDT and ITV ranibizumab [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
drug - intravitreal ranibizumab
Drug: Ranibizumab (Lucentis)
as needed, one intravitreal injection of 0.50mg ranibizumab
Active Comparator: 2
40% fluence photodynamic therapy - procedure
Drug: Ranibizumab (Lucentis)
as needed, one intravitreal injection of 0.50mg ranibizumab


Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ability to provide written informed consent and comply with study assessments for the full duration of the study
  • Age > 55 years
  • Subfoveal neovascular membrane confirmed by fluorescein angiography and or ICG
  • Visual acuity not better than 20/32 and not worse than 20/320 by ETDRS refraction

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any previous vitrectomy in study eye (posterior or anterior associated with vitreous loss in cataract surgery)
  • Intracapsular cataract extraction (posterior capsule needs to be present)
  • Previous treatment with ranibizumab
  • Previous treatment with pegaptanib
  • Previous treatment with ITV triamcinolone
  • Any previous treatment with photodynamic therapy
  • Previous history of retinal detachment in study eye
  • Any previous radiation treatments to head/ neck
  • Significant cardiovascular disease or cancer that would prevent follow-up visits or completion of the 12 month study
  • Prior enrollment in any study for AMD in the study eye
  • Participation in another simultaneous medical investigator or trial
  • Ocular disorders in the study eye that may confound interpretation of study results, including retinal detachment or macular hole.
  • Concurrent disease in the study eye that could compromise visual acuity or require medical or surgical intervention during the study period
  • Aphakia or absence of the posterior capsule in the study eye
  • Previous violation of the posterior capsule is also excluded unless it occurred as a result of YAG laser posterior capsulotomy in association with prior, posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation
  • History of idiopathic or autoimmune uveitis in either eye
  • Significant structural damage to the center of the macula in the study eye likely to preclude improvement in visual acuity following the resolution of macular edema, including atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium, subretinal fibrosis, laser scar(s)
  • Vitreomacular traction or epiretinal membrane in the study eye evident biomicroscopically or by OCT
  • Ocular inflammation (including trace or above) in the study eye
  • Uncontrolled glaucoma (defined as intraocular pressure ≥30 mm Hg despite treatment with anti- medications) or previous filtration surgery in the study eye
  • Infectious blepharitis, keratitis, scleritis, or conjunctivitis (in either eye) or current treatment for serious systemic infection
  • Spherical equivalent of the refractive error in the study eye of more than -8 diopters myopia (For patients who have had refractive or cataract surgery in the study eye, pre-operative spherical equivalent refractive error of more than -8 diopters myopia is not allowed)

Systemic Conditions

  • Uncontrolled Blood pressure exceeding diastolic pressure of 100 mm Hg (sitting) during the screening period
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Renal failure requiring dialysis or renal transplant
  • Premenopausal women not using adequate contraception
  • Previous participation in other studies of investigational drugs (excluding vitamins and minerals) within 3 months preceding Day 0
  • History of other disease, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or other findings giving reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that contraindicates the use an investigational drug, might affect interpretation of the results of the study, or render the subject at high risk from treatment complications
  • INR ≥ 3.0 (e.g. due to current treatment with warfarin). The use of aspirin is not an exclusion.


  • History of allergy to fluorescein, not amenable to treatment
  • History of allergy to shellfish
  • History of allergy to intravenous iodine
  • History of allergy to indocyanine green
  • Inability to obtain fundus photographs or angiograms of sufficient quality to be analyzed and graded by the central reading center
  • Inability to comply with study or follow up procedures
  • History of allergy to humanized antibodies or any component of the ranibizumab formulation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00423189

United States, Texas
Vitreoretinal Consultants
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
David M. Brown, M.D.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Principal Investigator: David M Brown, M.D. Vitreoretinal Consultants
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: David M. Brown, M.D., Director of Research, Greater Houston Retina Research Identifier: NCT00423189     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LUV 
Study First Received: January 16, 2007
Last Updated: October 15, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Greater Houston Retina Research:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Macular Degeneration
Eye Diseases
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases processed this record on February 04, 2016