Navigation Links
Drug Denial may Leave Several Thousands Blind

A sight saving drug that has been approved in Scotland, is being denied to the people in England and Wales//.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the commonest cause of blindness. Macugen, the drug used for its treatment, has been approved yesterday by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). But the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which covers England and Wales, is expected to give its approval not before August 2007.

According to the campaigners, atleast 20,000 people will go blind unnecessarily due to this delay in approval.Though NICE has recently introduced a fast-track process to approve the essential drugs, Macugen has not been fast-tracked.

AMD usually occurs in people above 65 years in age. The wet form of AMD may cause a loss of central vision and altered color perception. This affects 10% of sufferers and accounts for 90% of blind registrations due to the disease. It can cause blindness within a matter of 3 months.

The causes of AMD are not known but the risk factors are age, smoking and family history. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), is the protein that aids in new blood vessel formation. But excessive VEGF in the eye can cause a proliferation of blood vessels and leakage of fluids. These are the characteristics of wet AMD. Macugen targets this particular protein.

A course of three injections when given over 18-weeks, costs £1,542.According to Steve Winyard, head of research for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) doctors are allowed to prescribe Macugen, but it is not being used due to its £4,000 annual cost. Mr Winyard said: "It would save the NHS money because the cost of supporting someone who is blind is greater than the cost of treatment."

Patients who wanted to get Macugen from their primary care trusts (PCTs) were refused, he said. "We are hearing of blanket bans on Macugen by PCTs even though Andy Burnham, the Health m inister, told the Commons that each case should be treated on its merits," Mr Winyard said.

Macugen is also known as pegaptanib and is manufactured by Pfizer. A spokesman for NICE said: ‘NICE has been asked to appraise both pegaptanib (Macugen) and ranibizumab (Lucentis) for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.
'Pegaptanib (Macugen) was licensed for use across Europe in February 2006, but ranibizumab (Lucentis) is not yet licensed for use in the UK.
'NICE will be in a position to issue guidance to advise on the effectiveness of both drugs after ranibizumab receives its licence, and is currently expecting to issue guidance to the NHS in August 2007.
'Topics for appraisal under the Institute's faster single technology appraisal process are selected by the Department of Health.
'There is no restriction on the prescribing of any drug, within its licensed indications, whilst NICE is developing guidance. In the absence of NICE guidance, local NHS organisations should develop their own prescribing policies.'

'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Pain of Denial Compared to Physical Pain
2. Disabled Girl Urges Kalam to Intervene Against the Denial of Admission
3. Smokers Warned to Give up else Face Denial of Operations
4. Britons In Denial Over Effects Of Alcohol
5. Cancer-causing Property Of Teflon Leaves US Regulators Concerned
6. Stress Statistics May Leave You Stressed Out
7. A Man Taken To Court Due to His Refusal to Leave the Hospital
8. Bird Flu Fears Recede As Migratory Birds Leave
9. Strange Theft Of HIV Infected Blood Leaves Authorities Puzzled
10. Medical Faculty On Leave; JNU, IIT Students Join Hunger Strike
11. Mass Leave By Doctors Leaves Patients Helpless
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “Code Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went ... creation of published author, Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age ... at 19 years of age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Knowledge is God’s Lighthouse”: ... by faith. “Knowledge is God’s Lighthouse” is the creation of published author, Gene Gaapf, ... and poetry collections. , “I have been writing since high school and have ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... , ... Next week after January 20th, the fear for many is that ... health needs of over 30 million. Many interviews with Dr. Carol Francis at the ... servants were suppose to prioritize. Interviews provided below. , Among those present ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 2017 , ... WhoHaha , a digital media company dedicated to creating ... to produce a three-part video series that uses humor to highlight ways to improve ... of AHA’s Healthy For Good™ movement, which is designed to inspire all Americans to ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Scotch Plains, NJ (PRWEB) , ... January 19, ... ... a board certified dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology and fellowship trained ... Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Li completed his internship in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... , Jan. 20, 2017  Ethicon ... acquired Megadyne Medical Products, Inc., a privately ... and markets electrosurgical tools used in operating ... intelligence of Ethicon,s* advanced energy devices with ... a major step forward in Ethicon,s goal ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , Jan. 20, 2017  Palladian Health, a ... announced the launch of an opioid management program ... on opioids and helps stem the growing tide ... prescribed to treat chronic non-cancer pain (back pain, ... risks and lack of evidence regarding long-term effectiveness. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , January 20, 2017 Avillion LLP, ... appointment of Mark Weinberg , MD MBA as Chief Medical ... , USA . ... Dr Weinberg has spent more than 17 years ... 20" pharma companies to micro-cap biotech. Over the course of his ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: