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Roche announced Friday that it received Food and Drug Administration approval for the first-ever bispecific antibody treatment for two common causes of vision loss, setting the stage for a battle with Regeneron, which markets a blockbuster drug in this space.

The approval comes just a week after two studies published in The Lancet showed that the drug, Vabysmo, proved safe and effective in improving or maintaining vision in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema, conditions that together affect nearly 1.9 million people in the U.S. and 40 million worldwide.

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