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EyewireTV — Alcon Acquires WaveTec Vision, Allergan Shareholder Special Meeting, Congenital Cataracts Study

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In this week's EyewireTV, Alcon enters into an agreement to acquire privately held WaveTec Vision, the developer of the ORA Intraoperative Guidance System; and Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management say they have received enough Allergan shareholder support to call a special meeting in an effort to oust Allergan's board of directors. Also, a study shows that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts may quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness.

Alcon to Acquire WaveTec Vision, Developer of ORA Intraoperative Guidance System

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Alcon announced that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held WaveTec Vision, the developer of the ORA System, the first commercialized intraoperative guidance system, according to a company news release.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alcon says the ORA System will complement its Verion image-guided preoperative di...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Health Law Spurs Focus on Faster Drug Development

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 8/29/2014

Imagine if scientists could recreate you---or at least part of you---on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster...Full story

CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs

From Medpage Today — 8/29/2014

Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget...Full story

Nicox Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Nitto Medi...

From Nicox S.A. — 8/29/2014

Nicox S.A  announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Nitto Medic, a leading Japanese ophthalmic company, for the distributio...Full story

Retinal Thinning Can Be Used as an Early Marker for Frontote...

From Medical News Today — 8/29/2014

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earlie...Full story

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Valeant, Ackman get October 6 Trial Over Allergan Special Me...

From Reuters — 8/28/2014

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and activist investor William Ackman got their request for an expedited trial on Wednesday over the timing of a ...Full story

Alcon Issues Statement on Ocular Surface Wellness

From Alcon — 8/28/2014

Following a 2-day advisory board meeting moderated by Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, earlier this year in Houston, Alcon has issued a statement...Full story

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Adds Five Ophthalmologists to its Op...

From NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Inc. — 8/28/2014

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals announced that it has added four new members to its ophthalmic advisory board who will join the 10 existing members of the boa...Full story

Increased Macular Pigment May Improve Outdoor Vision

From Medical News Today — 8/28/2014

Individuals with greater amounts of yellow pigment in the eye may be better able to see distant objects in hazy conditions, suggests a study in the Se...Full story

Native American Ancestry a Risk Factor for Diabetic Retinopa...

From Medical News Today — 8/28/2014

New research led by the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute, part of Keck Medicine of USC, shows for the first time that Native Amer...Full story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Allergan to Request California Federal Court Block Valeant a...

From Allergan — 8/27/2014

Allergan announced that it has asked the United States District Court for the Central District of California to set an expedited schedule for discover...Full story

Allergan to Hold Special Shareholder Meeting in December

From FirstWord — 8/27/2014

Allergan revealed Tuesday that it will hold a special shareholder meeting, during which William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management will seek ...Full story

Internet Brownout Exposes Risk of Cloud-Based EHRs

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 8/27/2014

The Internet cracked a bit under its own burgeoning weight last week, and as a result, internist Erik Ilyayev, MD, in Flushing, New York, could not ac...Full story

Best Course of Treatment for Endophthalmitis Identified

From Medical News Today — 8/27/2014

The most common cause of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding condition that can occur after eye trauma, eye surgery, and eye injections, are the w...Full story

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Allergan Receives Written Requests from Pershing Square Rega...

From Allergan — 8/26/2014

Allergan confirmed that Pershing Square Capital Management has delivered written requests from Allergan stockholders in connection with Pershing Squar...Full story

Vision Loss Adversely Affects Daily Function Which Can Incre...

From Medical News Today — 8/26/2014

Vision loss can adversely affect the ability of older adults to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as using the telephone, s...Full story

Physicians Losing Money by Not Using Electronic Transactions

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 8/26/2014

Physicians and other healthcare providers continue to underutilize electronic transactions that could save them billions of dollars, according to a re...Full story

Monday, August 25, 2014

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Deploys Direct Sales Force to Market...

From NovaBay Pharmaceuticals — 8/25/2014

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals announced that its i-Lid Cleanser sales force has been deployed in 10 major metropolitan areas across the United States, accor...Full story

Valeant Says Allergan Investors Demand Meeting on Deal

From Bloomberg — 8/25/2014

Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management said 31% of Allergans shareholders support their effort to call a special meeting as part of Valeants $...Full story

Roche Holding Agrees to Buy InterMune for $8.3 Billion

From Bloomberg — 8/25/2014

Roche Holding AG agreed to buy InterMune Inc. for about $8.3 billion in cash, gaining access to what may be the first drug in the U.S. for a lung dise...Full story

Researchers Identify Proteins Critical to Wound Healing

From Medical News Today — 8/25/2014

Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don't become injured. If ...Full story


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