Ocular Therapeutix™ Announces FDA Agreement to Amend Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for Pivotal Clinical Trial of AXPAXLI™ in Wet AMD
SPA amendment expands eligibility criteria for SOL clinical trial
Broadening of eligibility criteria anticipated to accelerate overall trial enrollment
The SPA Agreement Modification enables the trial to include treatment-naïve wet AMD subjects with visual acuity of approximately 20/80 or better at the initial screening visit. After two aflibercept injections in the screening period, eligible participants would need to gain at least 10 ETDRS letters from the initial screening visit to Day 1 or achieve a visual acuity of approximately 20/20 or better at Day 1, in addition to satisfying other criteria, to qualify for enrollment in the trial. The SPA Agreement Modification also allows the pivotal trial to move forward, evaluating AXPAXLI with a single optimized implant with a drug load of 450 µg of a more soluble form of axitinib. This optimized configuration is expected to provide for a slightly increased daily release of the drug and is designed to improve synchronization of axitinib drug depletion with hydrogel bioresorption.
“With the changes reflected in the SPA Agreement Modification agreed to by the FDA, we believe we can accelerate the enrollment process for the SOL trial,” said
AXPAXLI is an investigational bioresorbable, hydrogel implant incorporating axitinib, a small molecule, multi-target, tyrosine kinase inhibitor with anti-angiogenic properties, being evaluated for the treatment of wet AMD and other retinal diseases.
About Wet AMD
Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is a leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss affecting approximately 14 million individuals globally and 1.6 million in
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