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Macugen (Pegaptanib Sodium) - Summary



Macugen (pegaptanib sodium injection) is a sterile, aqueous solution containing pegaptanib sodium for intravitreous injection. Pegaptanib sodium is a covalent conjugate of an oligonucleotide of twenty-eight nucleotides in length that terminates in a pentylamino linker, to which two 20-kilodalton monomethoxy polyethylene glycol (PEG) units are covalently attached via the two amino groups on a lysine residue.

Macugen is indicated for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration.

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Published Studies Related to Macugen (Pegaptanib)

Pegaptanib sodium for macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion. [2009]
(CRVO)... CONCLUSIONS: Based on this 30-week study, intravitreous pegaptanib sodium appears

Pegaptanib 1-year systemic safety results from a safety-pharmacokinetic trial in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. [2007]
degeneration (AMD)... CONCLUSIONS: At doses up to 10-fold higher than the 0.3-mg dose approved for the

Pegaptanib: a novel approach to ocular neovascularization. [2006]
CONCLUSIONS: Pegaptanib, a new inhibitor of ocular neovascularization, provides

Year 2 efficacy results of 2 randomized controlled clinical trials of pegaptanib for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. [2006]
in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD)... CONCLUSIONS: Continuing visual benefit was observed in patients who were

Enhanced efficacy associated with early treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration with pegaptanib sodium: an exploratory analysis. [2005]
pegaptanib sodium... CONCLUSION: Early detection and treatment with pegaptanib may result in superior

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Clinical Trials Related to Macugen (Pegaptanib)

Effect of Macugen(Pegaptanib)on Surgical Outcomes and VEGF Levels in Diabetic Patients With PDR (Diabetic Retinopathy or CSDME (Macular Edema) [Completed]
Patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy or clinically significant diabetic macular edema requiring surgical intervention will receive a pre-operative injection of Macugen. An initial, pre-injection vitreous tap will be done in order to provide baseline VRGF 165 and cytokine levels. At the onset of the vitrectomy, a second vitreous sample will be taken to obtain intra-operative levels of Macugen, VEGF 165 and cytokines.

Evaluation of Macugen Treatment of Macular Edema Due to Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion [Completed]
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of intravitreal injections of Macugen every 6 weeks for the treatment of macular edema secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). We hypothesize that macular edema secondary to BRVO is mediated by VEGF 165 and that chronic suppression of VEGF 165 will successfully treat BRVO related macular edema.

Intravitreal Macugen for Ischaemic Diabetic Macular Oedema [Completed]
Diabetic macular oedema (DME) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United Kingdom's working population. It affects the macula, which lies at the centre of the retina, at the back of the eye. Damage to the macula can occur either because the blood supply is reduced (ischaemic DME), or because the blood vessels are leaking excessively (exudative DME). A chemical called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) may underlie some of the abnormalities seen in DME. Studies have shown that VEGF encourages leakage of fluid from blood vessels and increases the stickiness of white blood cells. When white blood cells are sticky they can attach to blood vessel walls. This may cause small blood vessels to block, and lead to ischaemia. Laser treatment often helps to stabilise exudative DME, but there is currently no recognised treatment for ischaemic DME. Macugen (pegaptanib), a drug that inactivates VEGF, has been tried and found to be of benefit in treating exudative DME. Since VEGF promotes ischaemia, it is possible that Macugen will also prove to be beneficial for ischaemic DME. This has not been tested before. A healthy macula is essential for good vision. The innermost area of the macula, the foveal avascular zone (FAZ), is the most important part. The FAZ is enlarged when it is ischaemic. This is a pilot study to assess whether Macugen can reduce the size of the FAZ in ischaemic DME. The investigators will also assess whether it can reduce retinal thickness and improve vision in ischaemic DME. Thirty patients will be involved in the study for thirty weeks each. They will have their eyes examined and receive an injection of Macugen into the eye every 6 weeks. The study is taking place in the Oxford Eye Hospital and is being funded by Pfizer, the company that makes Macugen.

A Study On The Efficacy Of Macugen Injections In Patients With Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration In Real Life. [Completed]
To assess effectiveness of Macugen for treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration by measuring the evolution of visual acuity. Treatment duration, frequency of administration and combination with other treatments will also be evaluated.

The Effect of Macugen in Patients With Chronic, Post-Operative Cystoid Macular Edema [Terminated]
This research is being done to look at the effects of an experimental drug called pegaptanib (also called Macugen) for the treatment of swelling in the retina (the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye) that can occur after cataract surgery. Swelling in the retina can lead to blurry vision. The only treatment available for this condition is eye drops that decrease swelling in the back of the eye, but eye drops may not decrease the swelling in everyone. We want to see if pegaptanib can decrease swelling in the retina and improve vision in patients with swelling after cataract surgery.

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Reports of Suspected Macugen (Pegaptanib) Side Effects

Visual Acuity Reduced (6)Cerebral Infarction (4)Glaucoma (3)Intraocular Pressure Increased (3)Fall (3)Retinal Haemorrhage (3)Hypertension (3)Drug Ineffective (2)Upper Limb Fracture (2)Aphasia (2)more >>

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