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Alimera NEW DAY - Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

A Randomized, Masked, Controlled Study of Intravitreal ILUVIEN® Implant as Baseline Therapy in Patients With Early Diabetic Macular Edema (NEW DAY)

Study Description:

Condition or Disease

Intervention / Treatment




Diabetic Macular Edema

Iluvien /

Phase 4



Brief Summary:

This is a randomized, masked, active-controlled, parallel-group, multi-center study that will assess the efficacy of ILUVIEN as a baseline therapy in the treatment of Center Involving DME (CI-DME). The study will enroll patients who are either treatment naïve or have not received any DME treatments for the preceding 12 months as documented in medical records. Patients who received DME treatment >12 months before screening, must not have received >4 intravitreal injections. The study will compare 2 treatment regimens: ILUVIEN intravitreal implant (0.19 mg) followed by supplemental aflibercept as needed per protocol criteria (2 mg/0.05 mL), compared to intravitreal aflibercept loading dose (2 mg administered by intravitreal injection every 4 weeks for 5 consecutive doses) followed by supplemental aflibercept as needed per protocol criteria (2 mg/0.05 mL).


Major Inclusion Criteria: 

  • Male or female subjects ≥18 years of age at the time of consent.
  • Must have CI-DME confirmed by Spectral Domain Ocular Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) and Center Subfield Thickness (CST) of: ≥ 350µm in the study eye.
  • Best Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA) of ≤ 80 ETDRS Letters and ≥ 35 ETDRS letters in the study eye at Screening Visit.

Major Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR); high risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy in the study eye and related complications.
  • History or current diagnosis of glaucoma or ocular hypertension (OHT) or a cup to disc ratio >0.8; History of uncontrolled intraocular pressure (defined as IOP ≥25 mmHg with maximum topical and systemic medical hypotensive treatment) or previous filtration surgery in the study eye at Screening Visit.
  • Other conditions that can cause macular edema.
  • Patients who received prior LASER photocoagulation therapy including macular grid or pan retina photocoagulation (PRP) at any time in the study eye. Prior focal LASER photocoagulation therapy outside the macula is allowed.
  • Patients who received the following therapies in the last 12 months prior to screening:
    • Intravitreal or periocular steroids in the study eye;
    • Any intravitreal anti-VEGF [vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)] (including but not limited to bevacizumab, ranibizumab, or aflibercept);
    • Patients who received intravitreal anti-VEGF or corticosteroids >12 months prior to the Screening Visit will be allowed in the study, provided that they have not received a total of >4 injections.
  • Patients who have lens opacities due to cataract or other etiologies that would make it difficult to examine the fundus or that affect the patients Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
  • Steroid Challenge Exclusion Criterion- At the Baseline Visit, patients who are determined to have an IOP ≥25 mmHg or an increase ≥8 mmHg from Screening will be excluded from the study.

Beachwood Office:  Janine Davis   216-831-5700    •   jdavis@retina-assoc.com.  
Middleburg Heights Office:  Susan Rath  440-663-0022
   •   srath@retina-assoc.com.
Youngstown Office:   John Lacombe  330-759-8777   •   jlacombe@retina-assoc.com

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