1.1 Faricimab is recommended as an option for treating visual impairment due to diabetic macular oedema in adults, only if:
the eye has a central retinal thickness of 400 micrometres or more at the start of treatment
the company provides faricimab according to the commercial arrangement.
1.2 If patients and their clinicians consider faricimab to be 1 of a range of suitable treatments (including aflibercept and ranibizumab), choose the least expensive treatment. Take account of administration costs, dosage, price per dose and commercial arrangements.
1.3 These recommendations are not intended to affect treatment with faricimab that was started in the NHS before this guidance was published. People having treatment outside these recommendations may continue without change to the funding arrangements in place for them before this guidance was published, until they and their NHS clinician consider it appropriate to stop.
Why the committee made these recommendations
Diabetic macular oedema is usually treated first with aflibercept or ranibizumab, which are already recommended by NICE for treating diabetic macular oedema if the eye has a central retinal thickness of 400 micrometres or more when treatment starts. Faricimab is another treatment option that works in a similar way.
Evidence from clinical trials shows that faricimab is as effective as aflibercept. An indirect comparison of faricimab with ranibizumab also suggests similar clinical effectiveness.
A cost comparison suggests faricimab has similar costs and overall health benefits to aflibercept or ranibizumab. So, faricimab is recommended for treating diabetic macular oedema if it is used in the same population as aflibercept and ranibizumab.