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NeoVista Presents Interim Study Results of Novel Therapy for the Treatment of Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Date:10/27/2009

Data suggests that Epimacular Brachytherapy may reduce the burden of treatment and further improve Visual Acuity

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2009 -- NeoVista, Inc. made public at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting the company's interim study results from the preliminary study MERITAGE-I. The study was designed to examine the company's novel epimacular brachytherapy procedure when used in patients that require chronic therapy with anti-VEGF agents on an ongoing basis to control their neovascular AMD. The study enrolled patients that had as many as 23 injections of anti-VEGF therapy before receiving epimacular brachytherapy. All patients that entered the study were required to have received a minimum of 8 injections in the past 12 months or 6 injections in the past 6 months preceding enrollment. Preliminary study results (n=16) suggest that a single procedure of epimacular brachytherapy can further improve visual acuity in a majority of this patient population while decreasing the number of injections required based on Optical Coherence Tomography imaging after the brachytherapy procedure. Most importantly, 63% of patients enrolled in the study experienced improvement in their visual acuity while 50% of patients gained 5 or more letters of visual acuity at 6 months.

"MERITAGE-I is the first of its kind study designed to evaluate the potential role of our device in decreasing the current burden of treatment while maintaining or improving visual acuity," said John N. Hendrick, President and CEO of NeoVista. "Data from recent randomized trials suggest that most patients suffering from neovascular AMD will require treatment on an ongoing basis for an indefinite period of time. We are very excited that our device has the potential to significantly decrease the number of injections administered in this patient population and may also improve visual acuity in a
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