Purpose: To evaluate efficacy, durability, and safety of faricimab in Japanese patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). Study design: Subgroup analysis of 2 global, multicenter, randomized, double-masked, active-comparator–controlled, phase 3 trials (YOSEMITE, NCT03622580; RHINE, NCT03622593). Methods: Patients with DME were randomized 1:1:1 to intravitreal faricimab 6.0 mg every 8 weeks (Q8W), faricimab 6.0 mg per personalized treatment interval (PTI), or aflibercept 2.0 mg Q8W through week 100. Primary endpoint was best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) change from baseline at 1 year, averaged over weeks 48, 52, and 56. This is the first time 1-year outcomes between Japanese patients (only enrolled into YOSEMITE) and the pooled YOSEMITE/RHINE cohort (N = 1891) have been compared. Results: The YOSEMITE Japan subgroup included 60 patients randomized to faricimab Q8W (n = 21), faricimab PTI (n = 19), or aflibercept Q8W (n = 20). Consistent with global results, the adjusted mean (95.04% confidence interval) BCVA change at 1 year in the Japan subgroup was comparable with faricimab Q8W (+11.1 [7.6–14.6] letters), faricimab PTI (+8.1 [4.4–11.7] letters), and aflibercept Q8W (+6.9 [3.3–10.5] letters). At week 52, 13 (72%) patients in the faricimab PTI arm achieved ≥ Q12W dosing, including 7 (39%) patients receiving Q16W dosing. Anatomic improvements with faricimab were generally consistent between the Japan subgroup and pooled YOSEMITE/RHINE cohort. Faricimab was well tolerated; no new or unexpected safety signals were identified. Conclusion: Consistent with global results, faricimab up to Q16W offered durable vision gains and improved anatomic and disease-specific outcomes among Japanese patients with DME.
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