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RBX to Reduce Risk of Vision Loss

separator People with diabetes-related eye problems, especially those who have moderate cases of macular edema, may soon have a new drug available to them. A phase III clinical trial has shown that a drug called RBX, for ruboxistaurin, may reduce the risk of moderate vision loss and was well tolerated among participants. 

When you have diabetic macular edema, blood vessels that leak cause swelling in the part of the retina that’s responsible for sharp central vision. RBX, taken by mouth, blocks the action of an enzyme called protein kinase C beta, or PKC beta, which has been linked to diabetic eye complications. 

A larger trial is currently being conducted. If it, too, shows that RBX is effective, the medication is likely to become available to the population at large.

The PKC-Diabetic Retinopathy Study.
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