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Efficacy of nepafenac ophthalmic suspension 0.1% in improving clinical outcomes following cataract surgery in patients with diabetes: an analysis of two randomized studies

Authors Singh RP, Staurenghi G, Pollack A, Adewale A, Walker TM, Sager D, Lehmann R

Received 9 January 2017

Accepted for publication 11 April 2017

Published 29 May 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1021—1029


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Rishi P Singh,1 Giovanni Staurenghi,2 Ayala Pollack,3 Adeniyi Adewale,4 Thomas M Walker,4 Dana Sager,4 Robert Lehmann5

1Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA; 2Department of Biomedical and Clinical Science Luigi Sacco, Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy; 3Ophthalmology Department, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel; 4Alcon Research Ltd., Fort Worth, TX, 5Lehmann Eye Center, Nacogdoches, TX, USA

Objective: To assess the efficacy of nepafenac 0.1% ophthalmic suspension in improving the clinical outcomes following cataract surgery (CS) in patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy.
Methods: In two similar multicenter, randomized studies, patients received either nepafenac 0.1% or vehicle, instilled three times daily starting a day prior to surgery and continuing for 90 days postoperatively. A post hoc analysis of these two studies was conducted to assess 1) the likelihood for development of postoperative macular edema (ME), based on the percentage of patients who developed ME (≥30% increase from preoperative baseline in central subfield macular thickness) within 90 days following CS and 2) best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) endpoints, including the percentage of patients with a BCVA improvement of ≥15 letters from preoperative baseline to Day 14 and maintained through Day 90. Results for individual studies and their pooled estimates (only visual acuity endpoints) are reported. Primary inference was based on odds ratio (OR).
Results: This post hoc analysis included 411 patients (nepafenac 0.1%: 205; vehicle: 206). The incidence of postoperative ME within 90 days of CS was notably lower in the nepafenac-treated patients than in vehicle-treated patients (study 1: 3.2% vs 16.7%; OR =0.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] =0.1, 0.5, P=0.001; study 2: 5.0% vs 17.5%; OR =0.2, 95% CI =0.1, 0.8, P=0.018). A higher percentage of nepafenac-treated patients than vehicle-treated patients gained ≥15 letters from preoperative baseline to Day 14, which was maintained through Day 90 (study 1: 38.4% vs 21.4%; OR =2.4, 95% CI =1.4, 4.2, P=0.003; study 2: 35.0% vs 25.0%; OR =1.6, 95% CI =0.8, 3.2, P=0.172; pooled: 37.1% vs 22.8%; OR =2.0, 95% CI =1.3, 3.1, P=0.001). The odds of >5-letter and >10-letter loss in BCVA from postoperative Day 7 were higher in vehicle-treated than in nepafenac-treated patients.
Conclusion: These results support the clinical benefit of prophylactic use of nepafenac 0.1% for reducing the risk of postoperative ME and for improvement in BCVA outcomes following CS in patients with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy.

Keywords: cataract surgery, nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy, nepafenac 0.1%, postoperative macular edema, visual outcomes

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