TGA okays Lipidil for diabetic retinopathy

Previously, treatment options have been limited to strategies such as improved glycaemic control to slow progression, and procedures such as laser eye therapy or injections into the eyeball to treat more advanced cases.

The new indication follows results from two clinical trials, in 2007 and 2010, that showed treatment with fenofibrate can prevent progression of early stage DR .

However, there is no evidence fenofibrate can be used to prevent DR in people with type 2