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In this week’s EyewireTV, new data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that fewer American families are having trouble paying their medical bills; and a discovery by scientists at Trinity College Dublin may lead to a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of wet AMD. Also, several top-level management changes are made at major eye care companies, including the appointment of Jeff George as Division Head of Alcon.

Concerns Over Fall in Cataract Surgery

From Optician Online

Fears have been expressed that cataract surgery remains subject to rationing by some health authorities. It follows the release of new research by the Patients Association, which found a 7.5 per cent decline in the number of cataract operations in 2011, compared to the prior year.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Accutome Appoints Joelle Vega as President

From Accutome — 4/16/2014

Accutome has announced that Joelle Vega has been appointed president of the company effective immediately, according to a company news release. Ms. Ve...Full story

AMA: Docs Add $1.6 Trillion to Economy

From Medpage Today — 4/16/2014

U.S. physicians produced $1.6 trillion in direct and indirect economic activity in 2012 and supported an average of more than 13 jobs apiece, accordin...Full story

iSTAR Medical signs exclusive distributor agreement with I-T...

From iSTAR Medical SA — 4/16/2014

iSTAR Medical SA announced it has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Innovative Therapie und Diagnostik GmbH (I-T-D), according to a compa...Full story

Alcon Opens Manufacturing Plant in Singapore to Produce Opht...

From VisionMonday — 4/16/2014

Alcon officially opened its new $200 million, 330,000-square-foot pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Tuas Biomedical Park. Located here to b...Full story

Contact Lens Sensor Predicts Glaucoma From Pressure Patterns

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/16/2014

Clinicians might soon be able to distinguish between a healthy eye and one with glaucoma using the ocular equivalent of a Holter monitor, according to...Full story

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Akorn Receives FTC Clearance for Hi-Tech Pharmacal Acquisiti...

From Akorn, Inc. — 4/15/2014

Akorn, Inc. announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to approve Akorns acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. The unanimou...Full story

Ocular Effects Common After Childhood Bone Marrow Transplant

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/15/2014

Ocular complications, particularly cataract and dry eye syndrome, are common in survivors of childhood bone marrow transplantation, and the monitoring...Full story

VEGF Inhibition Improves Visual Acuity in Macular Edema

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/15/2014

Ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech, Inc) is associated with significant improvement in visual acuity in patients with macular edema secondary to branch ...Full story

Which States Are Going ACO for Medicaid

From Medpage Today — 4/15/2014

States have few immediate options for trying to cut spending in their Medicaid programs -- and none are very pleasant. They can trim provider payments...Full story

RPS Expands Eye Care Organization in Response to InflammaDry...

From Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc. — 4/15/2014

Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc. announced the expansion of its eye care organization in order to meet growing demand for InflammaDry a rapid, disposab...Full story

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shire Appoints Robert Dempsey Vice President of Eye Care Fra...

From Shire PLC — 4/14/2014

Shire announced it has recently appointed Robert Dempsey, MBA, vice president for its eye care franchise, focused on addressing medical areas where dr...Full story

Ophthalmic Women Leaders Announces Award Recipients

From Ophthalmic Women Leaders — 4/14/2014

Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) revealed the recipients of three awards to be presented at their signature "OWL Monday" reception and program held in c...Full story

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Begins a Two-Week Ophthalmic Train...

From Orbis Flying Eye Hospital — 4/14/2014

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) is visiting Jinan for the second time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange progr...Full story

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Now Accepting Research Proposa...

From Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. — 4/14/2014

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. is now accepting research proposals related to meibography and tear film stability with contact lens wear. Spec...Full story

ProTrials Completes Phase 3 Clinical Trial for New Ophthalmi...

From ProTrials Research Inc. — 4/14/2014

ProTrials Research Inc. announced the completion of a large phase 3 clinical study examining the safety and effectiveness of a new treatment for dry e...Full story

Prof. Kovin Naidoo Joins Vision Impact Institute Advisory Bo...

From Vision Impact Institute — 4/14/2014

The Vision Impact Institute announced the addition of Professor Kovin Naidoo to its distinguished advisory board, according to a news release. Born in...Full story

CooperVisions WebSystem3 Subsidiary Launches Eye Care Prime ...

From Vision Monday — 4/14/2014

Eye Care Prime Premier introduced last week by CooperVision, Inc. through its subsidiary WebSystem3 LLC,  offers digital marketing services to ey...Full story

pSivida Announces September 26, 2014 PDUFA Date for ILUVIEN

From pSivida Corp. — 4/14/2014

PSivida Corp. Announced that the FDA has established a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of September 26, 2014 for Iluvien following th...Full story

Facial Filler Injections Can Lead to Ophthalmic Artery Occlu...

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/14/2014

Off-label injection of wrinkle fillers into the forehead can lead to a half dozen types of ophthalmic artery occlusion, a new paper warns. The consequ...Full story

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ophthalmologists Among Highest Paid by Medicare According to...

From Eyewiretoday.com — 4/11/2014

An analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows that a small group of ophthalmologists are ...Full story

Quinton Oswald Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Neurotec...

From Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. — 4/11/2014

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that Quinton Oswald has been appointed chief executive officer, replacing Edward "Ted" Danse, according to a ...Full story

Color Blindness Among Preschoolers Dominated by Caucasian Bo...

From Medical News Today — 4/11/2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released, for the first time, data detailing about $77 billion in payments to more than 880,000...Full story

Fluorescein Angiography Details Vasculature in ROP

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/11/2014

Fluorescein angiography is better than standard digital imaging for monitoring retinopathy of prematurity in the eyes of infants treated with the vasc...Full story

HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigns

From Medpage Today — 4/11/2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was held responsible for the troubled rollout of the federal government's healthcare.gov we...Full story

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