Allergan has halted development of its siRNA-based wet age-related macular degeneration treatment AGN-745 after the drug failed to meet a key efficacy endpoint in a phase II study, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week.

The trial was comparing the effect of three different monthly doses of AGN-745 with Genentech's antibody drug Lucentis, the standard of care for AMD, in treating the subfoveal choroidal neovascularization associated with the disease. Both drugs are administered via intravitreal injection.

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