Navigation Links
Draft National Policy on Sight-saving Drugs unacceptable

Restricting use of drugs for macular degeneration to patients who have already gone blind in one eye is unacceptable concludes the July issue of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB).

But that is what the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the body responsible for guiding the NHS on which treatments to use, is proposing.

Ranibizumab (Lucentis) and pegaptanib (Macugen) are licensed in the UK for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration. A third drug bevacizumab (Avastin) is also used, but not licensed for the condition.

In wet age-related macular degeneration, in which fine central vision is progressively lost, new blood vessels grow beneath the retina, a process stimulated by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). All three drugs potentially block the effects of VEGF.

Wet age-related macular degeneration is the third most common cause of blindness worldwide. It affects around 2.3% of over-65s in Europe. In the UK around 26,000 people develop it each year and 245,000 are blind or visually impaired because of it.

After a thorough examination of published clinical trial data, DTB concludes that there is good evidence that both ranibizumab and pegaptanib prevent further deterioration in vision in most patients. Ranibizumab improved vision in a third.

The NICE draft guidance on use of ranibizumab and pegaptanib was published in June. It recommends ranibizumab for only about 20 per cent of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, restricting its use to those in whom both eyes are affected and then to the better seeing eye.

Final guidance is due in September.

DTB says: We believe that policies that dictate that patients must go blind in one eye before being given treatment for the other are unacceptable.

It continues: Pegaptanib and ranibizumab need to be made available for use thr
'"/>




Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. OPPI Opposes Draft National Pharmaceuticals Policy
2. Smoking Ban Draft Is Put For Consultation
3. Kerala Drafts a New Health Tourism Policy
4. National Lung Study in the process
5. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
6. Hepatitis B Vaccine To Be Included In National Immunization Programme
7. UK Govt Says On Course For National Chlamydia Screening
8. Mexico and US border attain a new outlook due to BiNational Sustainability Laboratory
9. India extends National TB Control Program
10. President and Founder of National Obesity Forum Resigns
11. Hwang Woo Suk Suspended By Seoul National University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Draft National Policy Sight saving Drugs unacceptable

(Date:9/16/2014)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 ... announce the launch of ACLsurgeryLA.com , a specialty ... ACL injuries. As an avid sports lover and ... options for treatment and recovery from injuries to maintain ... opportunity to offer patients a resource dedicated specifically to ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 Registration ... Run For The Warriors®, a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile ... The race is sponsored by Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, the ... will begin at the Town of Babylon Town Hall ... http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/2014LIRun . The run is organized by Hope ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 *To find out ... visit Achieve Clinical Research on the web ( http://www.achieveclinical.com/trial/pneumonia-vaccine/ ) ... who qualify:, There is no cost ... , Compensation may be provided for time and ... and influenza are the eighth leading cause of death in ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... DeLand, Florida (PRWEB) September 16, 2014 ... clinical trials being conducted in DeLand, FL can visit ... or contact them directly at (386) 785-2404. , Why ... of the most widespread viral diseases infecting mankind. While ... past, these colds still account for more annual visits ...
(Date:9/16/2014)... 2014 justthoughtyoushouldknow.org , popular ... launches their new site today. The new site ... at making information easier to find, ingest, and ... into one-page, easy-to-read pages the information that we ... Virginia Downie, retired college professor and founder of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon Spotlights ACL Conditions With New Website 2Health News:Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon Spotlights ACL Conditions With New Website 3Health News:The Hope For The Warriors Long Island Run For The Warriors to Honor Wounded and Families of the Fallen 2Health News:The Team at Achieve Clinical Research is Enrolling Qualified Individuals to Participate in a Pneumonia Vaccine Clinical Trial in Birmingham, Alabama 2Health News:The Team at Achieve Clinical Research is Enrolling Qualified Individuals to Participate in a Pneumonia Vaccine Clinical Trial in Birmingham, Alabama 3Health News:Avail Clinical Research Is Looking for Healthy Adults Who Are Interested in Participating in a Common Cold Clinical Trial near Orlando, Florida 2Health News:Avail Clinical Research Is Looking for Healthy Adults Who Are Interested in Participating in a Common Cold Clinical Trial near Orlando, Florida 3Health News:JustThoughtYouShouldKnow.org Debuts New Website 2
... Dec. 6 Arete Therapeutics Inc., a,privately-held biopharmaceutical ... of cardiovascular, inflammatory and,metabolic diseases, today announced the ... directors., "We are very pleased to welcome ... and operational insights will be of great benefit ...
... Name Also Unveiled in Ongoing Preparation for ... Favrille, Inc. (Nasdaq:,FVRL), a biopharmaceutical company ... cancer, announced that new data,including four-year follow-up ... of Specifid(TM) (formerly FavId(R)), will be reported ...
... Oncology, the nation,s leading,oncology services company, today named ... and chief operating officer. The appointment,becomes effective on ... experience, combined with his work in,large diversified healthcare ... Broussard, president of US Oncology.,"His proven success in ...
... first increase in U.S.,teen pregnancy rates, WASHINGTON, Dec. ... pregnancy rates in the United States over the,last fourteen ... should not come as a surprise since the dual ... -- the decline in sexual,initiation and more effective use ...
... http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthoWomensHealthAndUrology , RARITAN, NJ, December 5 Jane ... about the Pill as part of The Modern,Girl,s Guide ... Girl,s Guide to the Pill, When: The Podcast ... Where: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthoWomensHealthAndUrology , How: Go to ...
... With the popularity of,fillers becoming mainstream, it,s no ... prevent facial wrinkles. Dr. Arnold Klein, world,renowned cosmetic ... "Fillers such as Artefill, Radiesse and Sculptra contain ... tissue, all of,these products can cause foreign body ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Arete Therapeutics Appoints Donald Santel to Board of Directors 2Health News:Favrille to Report New Data on FavId (Now Specifid) at American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting 2Health News:Favrille to Report New Data on FavId (Now Specifid) at American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting 3Health News:Favrille to Report New Data on FavId (Now Specifid) at American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting 4Health News:Favrille to Report New Data on FavId (Now Specifid) at American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting 5Health News:US Oncology Appoints Glen Laschober EVP & Chief Operating Officer 2Health News:Facial Deformity Danger? 2
(Date:9/15/2014)... , Sept. 15, 2014  Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. ... its wholly owned subsidiary, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, will redeem ... of its 6.75% Senior Notes due 2017, CUSIP Nos. ... 2014 and has mailed an irrevocable notice of redemption ... a copy of the irrevocable notice of redemption with ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... TAMPA, Fla. , Sept. 15, 2014 ... Dr. Steven Stanos with an expanded role ... program. Dr. Stanos, a nationally recognized physiatrist ... on topics related to rehabilitation and workers, compensation, is ... medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and ...
(Date:9/15/2014)... PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL) (NASDAQ: ... September 12, 2014, regular quarterly dividend payment of $0.15 per ... of September 5, 2014, the record date. ... portfolio of patents and royalty assets, consisting primarily of ... agreements with various biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. PDL pioneered ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Valeant Announces Redemption of All of the Outstanding $500.0 Million Aggregate Principal Amount of its 6.75% Senior Notes due 2017 2myMatrixx Announces Expanded Role for Medical Director Steven P. Stanos, Jr., DO 2PDL BioPharma Completes Regular Quarterly Dividend Payment 2
... NJ, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- ... ... var shortURL = ... longUrl, so we need to grab the first one. for (var r in data.results) { first_result ...
... On August 9, 2010 Massachusetts passed Chapter 283 ... Prescription Monitoring Program and furthering Substance Abuse Education and ... in Massachusetts that dispense schedule II, III, IV, or ... sale at each location. More info at http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw10/sl100283.htm ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Mindray Launches New Premium M7 Portable Ultrasound System in U.S. 2Mindray Launches New Premium M7 Portable Ultrasound System in U.S. 3Mindray Launches New Premium M7 Portable Ultrasound System in U.S. 4Mindray Launches New Premium M7 Portable Ultrasound System in U.S. 5Mindray Launches New Premium M7 Portable Ultrasound System in U.S. 6New Law Requires Pharmacies in Massachusetts to Carry Rx Lock Boxes 2
...
Adjustable wire speculum with 17 mm open blades. Lid tension adjustable throughout procedure with thumb screw control. Shaft angled 45 degrees. Manufactured in titanium....
Adjustable lid speculum angled 45 degrees with 17 mm curved solid blades and aspiration ports to remove excess fluid from around the eye during ocular procedures....
Open 15 mm blades with lifting wings manipulation of I/A cannulas, knives, instrumentation, etc. Screwlocking mechanism. Dull finish....
Medicine Products: