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1   Recommendations1

1.1 Brolucizumab is recommended as an option for treating wet age-related macular degeneration in adults, only if, in the eye to be treated:

  • the best-corrected visual acuity is between 6/12 and 6/96
  • there is no permanent structural damage to the central fovea
  • the lesion size is less than or equal to 12 disc areas in greatest linear dimension and
  • there is recent presumed disease progression (for example, blood vessel growth, as shown by fluorescein angiography, or recent visual acuity changes).

It is recommended only if the company provides brolucizumab according to the commercial arrangement.

1.2 If patients and their clinicians consider brolucizumab to be one of a range of suitable treatments, including aflibercept and ranibizumab, choose the least expensive (taking into account administration costs and commercial arrangements).

1.3 Only continue brolucizumab in people who maintain an adequate response to therapy. Criteria for stopping should include persistent deterioration in visual acuity and identification of anatomical changes in the retina that indicate inadequate response to therapy.

1.4 These recommendations are not intended to affect treatment with brolucizumab that was started in the NHS before this guidance was published. People having treatment outside these recommendations may continue without change to the funding arrangements in place for them.

References

  1. NICE. Brolucizumab for treating wet age-related macular degeneration. NICE Technology Appraisal Guidance 672. NICE, February 2021. www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta672 

Brolucizumab has been recommended through the fast track appraisal process, NHS England and commissioning groups have agreed to provide funding to implement this guidance 30 days after publication.

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MLR ID 103903
Date of preparation: February 2021