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Get answers to your questions about SUSVIMO and explore wet AMD resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

SUSVIMO is the first and only treatment for wet AMD with as few as 2 treatments per year. SUSVIMO is an implant that provides continuous delivery of medicine to help maintain your vision.  

SUSVIMO is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with neovascular (wet) Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) who have responded to at least two injections of a Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) inhibitor in the gel-like part of the eye (intravitreal). It is not known if SUSVIMO is safe and effective in children.

SUSVIMO delivers a formulation of ranibizumab, a wet AMD medication relied on by Retina Specialists, through an implant placed in your eye. The SUSVIMO implant continuously delivers ranibizumab into your eye for 6 months to help maintain your vision.

Yes. Treatment with SUSVIMO requires a Retina Specialist to place an implant into the eye during a one-time outpatient procedure. After the procedure, the Retina Specialist may schedule follow-up visits to make sure the eye has healed.

The most serious side effects of SUSVIMO are:

  • Vitreous hemorrhage: This occurs when blood leaks into the gel-like fluid of the eye. This can cause symptoms such as black spots, blurriness, and shadows in your vision
  • Conjunctival bleb: This occurs when a small bump appears in the layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye where the implant is located. You may experience a feeling that something is in your eye, or eye discharge/watering
  • Conjunctival erosion: This occurs when the implant is exposed because of a problem with the layer of the eye that covers the white part of the eye (conjunctiva). You may experience the feeling that something is in your eye or eye discharge/watering
  • Conjunctival retraction: If the stitches in your eye open, this can create a gap in the layer that covers the white part of the eye (conjunctiva). A conjunctival retraction may result in exposure of the implant. You may experience the feeling that something is in your eye or eye discharge/watering
  • Endophthalmitis: This is an infection of the tissues or fluids inside the eyeball. You may experience eye pain with progressive vision loss, sensitivity to light, or redness in the white of the eye
  • Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: This is a separation of one of the layers (retina) in the back of the eye that senses light. You may experience flashing lights, a change in your vision, or a loss of vision
  • Implant dislocation: Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you notice that the implant has moved out of place

The majority of side effects were related to surgery. If you choose SUSVIMO treatment and any side effects occur, notify your doctor immediately. The most common side effects of SUSVIMO were:

  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • Eye pain
  • Redness in the layer that covers the white part of the eye
  • Inflammation in the colored part of the eye

If necessary, SUSVIMO can be removed in an outpatient procedure.

Get help understanding your insurance coverage and assistance options from Genentech Ophthalmology Access Solutions. Genentech Ophthalmology Access Solutions can help you learn if your health insurance covers SUSVIMO treatment and refer you to appropriate financial assistance options if you are eligible. 

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Resources to Download

Take advantage of these downloadable resources to help you stay on track with your treatment.

Get helpful advice about SUSVIMO

This brochure contains important information about wet AMD and how SUSVIMO can help you get the most out of your treatment.

Get helpful advice about SUSVIMO

This brochure contains important information about wet AMD and how SUSVIMO can help you get the most out of your treatment.

Learn more about the SUSVIMO implant & refill procedures

This brochure provides important information about the SUSVIMO procedures and how you can prepare for them.

Learn more about the SUSVIMO implant & refill procedures

This brochure provides important information about the SUSVIMO procedures and how you can prepare for them.

Check your eyesight from the comfort of your home with the Amsler grid

An Amsler grid is a simple test that can help you monitor your vision at home. It is used to check whether you see blurry, distorted, or wavy lines, missing corners, and dark or blank spots. 

Check your eyesight from the comfort of your home with the Amsler grid

An Amsler grid is a simple test that can help you monitor your vision at home. It is used to check whether you see blurry, distorted, or wavy lines, missing corners, and dark or blank spots. 

Learn about ways you can get help to afford your SUSVIMO treatment

Every person should get the SUSVIMO treatment their doctor prescribed, and Genentech offers programs to help make this happen.

Learn about ways you can get help to afford your SUSVIMO treatment

Every person should get the SUSVIMO treatment their doctor prescribed, and Genentech offers programs to help make this happen.

Explore additional wet AMD resources

These organizations offer information and support for people living with wet AMD.

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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation is a leading private funder of scientific research and public awareness to end macular degeneration, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness

Established in 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading organization committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases.

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Macular Degeneration Support

Macular Degeneration Support is a strong voice and a principal resource for senior adults who are living with low vision. The organization has been serving thousands of people worldwide since 1994.

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Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. Prevent Blindness promotes access to eye care, education, empowerment, and support for those with vision loss due to eye disease.

AMD=age-related macular degeneration.

What is SUSVIMO (ranibizumab injection)?

SUSVIMO (ranibizumab injection) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with neovascular (wet) Age‑related Macular Degeneration (AMD) who have responded to at least two injections of a Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) inhibitor in the gel-like part of the eye (intravitreal). It is not known if SUSVIMO is safe and effective in children.

What is the most important information I should know about SUSVIMO?

SUSVIMO (ranibizumab injection) is delivered into the eye using the SUSVIMO implant. The SUSVIMO implant and the procedures to insert, fill, refill, and remove the eye (ocular) implant can cause serious side effects, including:

  • An eye infection (endophthalmitis). Endophthalmitis is an infection of the eyeball that can cause permanent damage to your eye, including blindness. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have increasing eye pain, vision loss, sensitivity to light, or redness in the white of the eye. Endophthalmitis requires urgent (same-day) medical or surgical treatment
  • A missing layer on top of the white part of the eye (conjunctival erosion). Conjunctival erosion is an area that becomes missing (defect) in the layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye, which may result in exposure of the implant. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a sudden feeling that something is in your eye, eye discharge, or watering of the eye. Conjunctival erosion may require surgical treatment
  • An opening of the layer that covers the white part of the eye (conjunctival retraction). Conjunctival retraction is an opening or gaping in the layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye, which may cause the implant to be exposed. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a sudden feeling that something is in your eye, eye discharge, or watering of the eye. Conjunctival retraction may require surgical treatment

Do not receive SUSVIMO if you:

  • Have an infection in or around your eye
  • Have active swelling around your eye that may include pain and redness
  • Are allergic to ranibizumab or any of the ingredients in SUSVIMO

Talk to your healthcare provider before receiving SUSVIMO if you have any of these conditions.

Before receiving SUSVIMO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: 

  • Are currently taking or have recently taken medicines that lower the chance of blood clots forming in the body, such as warfarin, low or regular doses of aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SUSVIMO will harm your unborn baby. You should use birth control during your treatment with SUSVIMO and for 12 months after your last dose of SUSVIMO 
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SUSVIMO passes into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you receive SUSVIMO

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over‑the‑counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are other possible side effects of SUSVIMO?

The SUSVIMO implant and the procedures to insert, fill, refill, and remove the eye (ocular) implant can cause other serious side effects, including: 

  • Tear and separation of layers of the retina (rhegmatogenous retinal detachment). Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is a tear and separation of one of the layers of the retina in the back of the eye that senses light. Call your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room right away if you see flashing lights, see a curtain or veil covering part of your vision, or have a change in, or a loss of vision. Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment requires surgical treatment
  • Implant movement (implant dislocation): Tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice that the implant has moved out of place. This movement may require surgical treatment to correct
  • Bleeding (vitreous hemorrhage): Vitreous hemorrhage is bleeding within the gel-like substance (vitreous) inside of your eye. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have an increase in moving spots or what looks like spider webs in your vision, as you may need an additional eye surgery
  • Bump on top of the white layer of the eye (conjunctival bleb): Conjunctival bleb is a small bulge in the layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye where the implant is inserted. This may be due to leakage of fluid from the inside of the eye. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a sudden feeling that something is in your eye (foreign body sensation), see a bulge over the white part of your eye, have eye discharge, or have watering in the eye. You may need medical or surgical treatment
  • Temporary decrease in vision after the SUSVIMO procedure

The most common side effects of SUSVIMO include: 

  • Blood on the white of the eye
  • Eye pain
  • Redness in the white of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light

These are not all the possible side effects of SUSVIMO. 

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555. 

Please see Important Safety Information, including Serious Side Effects, as well as the SUSVIMO full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.