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AMD Alliance, Representing AMD Patient Organizations Globally, Encourages Health Care Providers to Stop Using Avastin for Off-Label Ocular Use
Date:10/19/2011

eatment for wet AMD, as advised by the US Department of Veterans Affairs(iii), especially if Lucentis is available to their patients through insurance coverage.  
  • Manufacturers of licensed therapies, Medicare and other health insurers should work together to increase access to safe and approved treatments.  

  • "AMD is a debilitating disease and without treatment can lead to blindness," said Alan Cruess, MD, Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Dalhousie University and Chairman of AMDAI's Scientific Advisory Panel. "Patients diagnosed with AMD are going through a lot of confusion and uncertainty. They need access to safe and effective medicines and shouldn't have to worry about sacrificing safety when it comes to treatment."

    AMDAI strongly encourages doctors, patients with wet AMD and their caregivers to fully understand the issue before making a treatment decision. A more detailed summary of known risks and cost issues associated with Avastin and Lucentis is available at amdalliance.org.

    About AMDAI

    AMD Alliance International strives to bring knowledge, help and hope to individuals and families around the world affected by AMD. Our mission is accomplished through:

    • Generating awareness and understanding of age-related macular degeneration;
    • Promoting the importance of education, early detection, knowledge of treatment and rehabilitation options; and
    • Preserving vision and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by age-related macular degeneration.  

    (i) Consists of aggregate data from the following countries:

    • Australia (19 cases of severe eye inflammation were reported):  Sanjeewa S. et al, Acute Intraocular Inflammation after Intravitreous Injections of Bevacizumab for Treatment of Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration Ophthalmology 200
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