On February 6, 2015, the FDA approved Lucentis® (ranibizumab) for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in people with diabetic macular edema (DME).
You should not use LUCENTIS if you have an infection in or around the eye or are allergic to LUCENTIS or any of its ingredients. LUCENTIS is a prescription medication given by injection into the eye, and it has side effects. LUCENTIS is not for everyone.
Some LUCENTIS patients have serious side effects related to the injection. These include serious infections inside the eye, detached retinas, and cataracts. If your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, or painful, or if you have a change in vision, call or visit your eye doctor right away. Other uncommon serious side effects include inflammation inside the eye and increased eye pressure. These side effects can make your vision worse. Some patients have had increased eye pressure before and within 1 hour of an injection. Your eye doctor should check your eye pressure and eye health after your LUCENTIS injection.
Uncommonly, LUCENTIS patients have had serious, sometimes fatal, problems related to blood clots, such as heart attacks or strokes.
The most common eye-related side effects are increased redness in the white of the eye, eye pain, small specks in vision, and increased eye pressure. The most common non–eye-related side effects are nose and throat infections, anemia and nausea.
LUCENTIS is for prescription use only.
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
For additional safety information, please talk to your doctor and see the LUCENTIS full prescribing information.
Diabetic eye disease impacts more than your sight. It can result in more days out of work which causes a ripple effect, leading to financial and emotional stress for the whole family.
“While there are various options for treating diabetic macular edema, before today none were approved showing improvement in retinopathy. With today's approval, people with diabetic macular edema now have a FDA-approved medicine that showed meaningful improvements in retinal damage from diabetes, in addition to the established improvement in vision.”