Anecortave acetate as monotherapy for treatment of subfoveal neovascularization in age-related macular degeneration: twelve-month clinical outcomes

Ophthalmology. 2003 Dec;110(12):2372-83; discussin 2384-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2003.08.020.


Purpose: To evaluate safety and efficacy of the angiostatic agent anecortave acetate, compared with a placebo, for treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV).

Design: Ongoing masked, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel evaluation of anecortave acetate (30 mg, 15 mg, and 3 mg) versus a placebo.

Participants: There were 128 eyes of 128 patients with subfoveal CNV secondary to age-related macular degeneration who were enrolled and treated, with 80% (102/128) of eyes presenting with predominantly classic lesions at baseline.

Methods: All eyes received a posterior juxtascleral depot application of masked study medication or a placebo, with retreatment at 6-month intervals if the masked investigator believed the patient could benefit. Patients received periodic detailed ophthalmic examinations with both fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, general physical examinations with electrocardiograms, and hematology/serum chemistry/urinalysis. All ophthalmic and systemic safety data were periodically reviewed by the Independent Safety Committee overseeing the study.

Main outcome measures: Best-corrected logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) vision and fluorescein angiographic lesion characteristics were compared over time and among treatment groups.

Results: At month 12, anecortave acetate (15 mg) administered at 6-month intervals was statistically superior to the placebo for 3 measures of clinical efficacy: mean change from baseline vision (P = 0.0131), stabilization of vision (<3 logMAR line change; P = 0.0323), and prevention of severe vision loss (decrease of > or = 6 logMAR lines from baseline; P = 0.0224). Subgroup analysis of predominantly classic lesions revealed that anecortave acetate (15 mg) was also superior to the placebo at 1 year for each of these 3 measures of visual outcome (Ps = 0.0022, 0.0100, and 0.0299, respectively). Anecortave acetate (15 mg) trended toward significance over the placebo at month 12 for inhibition of total lesion growth and for inhibition of both the total CNV component and the classic CNV component in both the overall and subgroup analyses. The Independent Safety Committee identified no clinically relevant treatment-related safety issues.

Conclusions: Anecortave acetate (15 mg) is safe and clinically efficacious at 1 year for maintaining vision, preventing severe vision loss, and inhibiting subfoveal CNV lesion growth.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / diagnosis
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / drug therapy*
  • Choroidal Neovascularization / etiology
  • Coloring Agents
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Female
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fovea Centralis
  • Humans
  • Indocyanine Green
  • Macular Degeneration / complications
  • Macular Degeneration / diagnosis
  • Macular Degeneration / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Pregnadienediols / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity


  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Coloring Agents
  • Pregnadienediols
  • Indocyanine Green
  • anecortave acetate