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Repeated Eye Injections of Aflibercept for Treatment of Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (ATLAS)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01773954
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 23, 2013
Results First Posted : May 2, 2018
Last Update Posted : May 2, 2018
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
MidAtlantic Retina, Wills Eye

Brief Summary:
To evaluate the visual outcome and number of injections required during an optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided treat and extend regimen with intravitreal aflibercept for treatment of subfoveal neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Macular Degeneration Drug: Intravitreal Aflibercept Injection Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this study is to see how using "treat and extend," a method of determining how often a patient with NVAMD should visit the retina clinic and receive treatments, affects vision in patients with this condition after treatment. The treatment the investigators are using in this study is an eye injection of a drug called aflibercept (also called EYLEA). Eylea is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved for treatment of wet age related macular degeneration.

The investigators hope that "treat and extend" strikes the right balance between making sure patients get all of the treatments needed, but not giving patients too many treatments (so that the side effects of treatments are minimized and so that patients don't have to make more visits than they need to maintain maximum visual gain). The experimental part of this study is determining this "right balance" of eye injections.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Treat and Extend Therapy for Neovascular Age Related Macular Degeneration Using Aflibercept (the ATLAS Study)
Actual Study Start Date : February 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2016

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intravitreal Aflibercept Injection More
Patient receives treatment at baseline and week 4 visit. The first time extension criteria are met the follow-up interval will be increased by 4 weeks. Each time the extension criteria is met the interval will be extended by 2 weeks to a maximum of 16 weeks. If a patient is being followed at an 8 week interval but fails to meet extension criteria at a particular visit, treatment will be administered as usual and the follow up interval will be reduced to 4 weeks. If patient is being followed at 10-16 week interval but fails to meet extension criteria at a particular visit, treatment will be administered but the follow-up interval will be reduced by 2 week increments.
Drug: Intravitreal Aflibercept Injection
Increased or decreased time between visits

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mean Change in Best-corrected Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) Letter Score [ Time Frame: Baseline to Week 52 ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in Total Thickness at the Foveal Center Point on OCT [ Time Frame: Baseline to Week 52 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients older than 55 years with treatment naïve, active subfoveal NVAMD demonstrating macular fluid on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and leakage on fluorescein angiography (FA).
  • Only one eye for each patient demonstrating a pre-treatment acuity of 20/25 - 20/320 is eligible
  • Patients cannot have concurrent progressive retinal disease in the study eye.
  • Willing and able to comply with clinic visits and study-related procedures
  • Provide signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior treatment for NVAMD in the study eye,
  • Prior experimental treatment of NVAMD in either eye
  • Prior treatment with systemic anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) agents
  • Prior treatment with verteporfin, plaque brachytherapy, or external-beam radiation therapy, or transpupillary thermotherapy in the study eye
  • Previous subfoveal focal laser photocoagulation involving the foveal center in the study eye
  • History of vitreo surgical intervention in the study eye. Cataract surgery is permitted.
  • Concurrent eye disease in the study eye that could compromise visual acuity (e.g. diabetic retinopathy, advanced glaucoma)
  • Any concurrent intraocular condition in the study eye (e.g. diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma) that, in the opinion of the investigator, could either
  • require medical or surgical intervention during the 52 weeks study period to prevent or treat visual loss that might result from that condition, or
  • allowed to progress untreated, could likely contribute to loss of at least 2 Snellen equivalent lines of best corrected visual acuity over the 52 weeks study period
  • Active intraocular inflammation (grade trace or above) in the study eye, or history of idiopathic or autoimmune-associated uveitis in either eye
  • Current vitreous hemorrhage in the study eye
  • History of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment or macular hole (Stage 3 or 4) in the study eye
  • Active infectious conjunctivitis, keratitis, scleritis, or endophthalmitis in either eye
  • Aphakia, Anterior Chamber Intraocular Lens (ACIOL), or unstable Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens (PCIOL).
  • Uncontrolled glaucoma in the study eye (defined as intraocular pressure ≥30 mmHg despite treatment with anti-glaucoma medication)
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women
  • Sexually active men* or women of childbearing potential** who are unwilling to practice adequate contraception during the study (adequate contraceptive measures include stable use of oral contraceptives or other prescription pharmaceutical contraceptives for 2 or more menstrual cycles prior to screening; intrauterine device [IUD]; bilateral tubal ligation; vasectomy; condom plus contraceptive sponge, foam, or jelly, or diaphragm plus contraceptive sponge, foam, or jelly)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01773954

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United States, New Jersey
Mid Atlantic Retina- Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States, 08002
United States, Pennsylvania
Mid Atlantic Retina- Huntingdon Valley
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, United States, 19006
Mid Atlantic Retina- Wills Eye Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
MidAtlantic Retina
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Carl Regillo, MD Wills Eye Institute
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Responsible Party: MidAtlantic Retina, Investigator, Wills Eye Identifier: NCT01773954    
Other Study ID Numbers: ATLAS
20122054 ( Other Identifier: Western Institutional Review Board )
First Posted: January 23, 2013    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 2, 2018
Last Update Posted: May 2, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018
Keywords provided by MidAtlantic Retina, Wills Eye:
age related macular degeneration
macular degeneration
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Macular Degeneration
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents