FDA Grants NeoVista’s Request to Utilize Novel Wet AMD Treatment in Compassionate Case

December 22, 2008

NeoVista, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the company’s “compassionate case” waiver to utilize its novel wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treatment on a patient with an advanced form of the disease who did not meet criteria for inclusion into current NeoVista investigational treatment protocols. The patient received NeoVista’s therapy today in Nashville, Tenn.; the procedure was performed by Dr. Carl Awh, President of Tennessee Retina, and an investigator in NeoVista’s ongoing Phase III study, CABERNET (CNV Secondary to AMD Treated with BEta RadiatioN Epiretinal Therapy).

The patient suffered from advanced wet AMD in both eyes and had not benefited from any available treatment, including antiAvascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents, the current standard of care for wet AMD. The patient’s left eye had progressively worsened despite treatment with photodynamic therapy and intravitreal steroids prior to the advent of anti-VEFG therapy, as well as later injections of anti-VEGF agents. Her right eye was following a parallel course, with advanced vision loss due to an enlarging exudative retinal detachment caused by wet AMD. Because of the similarity in the appearance of the two eyes and the failure of prior therapies to successfully treat the left eye, a decision was made to treat the patient’s right eye with NeoVista’s therapy.

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