Navigation Links
Cheaper drug could lead to serious eye issues
Date:6/18/2012

A Queen's University study of two eye drugs used to treat wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has determined the cheaper of the two could lead to eye inflammation, a potentially blinding adverse effect.

"This is a very important finding," says Sanjay Sharma (Ophthalmology and Epidemiology), a noted AMD and health policy researcher who also practices at Hotel Dieu Hospital. "It is particularly important because many seniors need numerous injections so the risk is cumulative."

AMD is the leading cause of severe visual loss and blindness in Canada. It is linked to depression, falls and higher rates of nursing home admissions.

The research reviewed cases of patients who received consecutive injections of either the more expensive or the cheaper version of the drug. Patients receiving the cheaper drug had a 12 times higher risk of serious eye inflammation and some patients also lost their sight, according to the study.

Many provincial governments are considering the use of the cheaper drug to help curb spiraling costs. The more expensive drug retails for $1,800 while the cheaper version is one-tenth of that price.


'/>"/>

Contact: Anne Craig
anne.craig@queensu.ca
613-533-2877
Queen's University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Control gene for conveyor belt cells could help improve oral vaccines, treat intestinal disease
2. Mouse Study Suggests Certain Fats Could Trigger Crohns, Colitis
3. Noisy Wards Could Threaten Hospital Patients Health
4. 2-1-1 could be effective tool in fighting cancer disparities
5. Could Bloodletting Ease Heart Risks for the Obese?
6. Diabetes drug could be a promising therapy for traumatic brain injury
7. Super-sensitive tests could detect diseases earlier
8. Half of Americans with individual health plans could gain better coverage under the ACA
9. Could Compound in Artificial Sweeteners Worsen Crohns Disease?
10. Plavixs New Generic Status Could Be Boon for Patients
11. A marker in the lining of the lungs could be useful diagnostic technique for lung cancer screening
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/16/2017)... New York (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 ... ... SightMD today announced the addition of Victor Giamos, MD to their ... of SightMD and Managing Partner at North Shore Eye Care, a division of ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol ... protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... ... St. Louisans are well-aware of the following facts at present:, ... be having no effect on keeping this particularly bad strain of the flu away , ... sneezing, or sniffling , These facts are well-known among the team at ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 16, ... ... published a manuscript in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal , the official journal ... study he conducted on lower eyelid retraction surgery. The procedure is designed to ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... One thing common to all types ... to test for, as well. The money spent screening for and treating cancer in ... U.S. screen patients for cancer more than in any other country that has an ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/13/2017)... , January 13, 2017 This ... see how they have fared at yesterday,s closing bell: ... Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ: GALE ), and ACADIA ... harness cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and ... environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... 2017 The 2016 election resulted in ... states voting in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, ... in the U.S. In addition, the state of ... cannabis products sales. The ArcView Group has published an updated ... cannabis sales in the U.S. last year reached $6.7 billion, a ...
(Date:1/13/2017)... 2017   JDRF , the leading global ... pleased to announce that after more than a ... & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized continuous glucose ... use in making diabetes treatment decisions as durable ... eligible for coverage under Medicare. JDRF has been ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: