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EyewireTV — Medical Bills Trend, New AMD Treatment Discovery, Eye Care Management Changes

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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.

Omeros Announces Initiation of Planned Pharmacokinetic Substudy in OMS302 Phase 3 Clinical Program

From Omeros Corp.

Omeros Corp. announced the initiation of the planned pharmacokinetic (PK) substudy in its phase 3 clinical program evaluating OMS302 in patients undergoing intraocular lens replacement surgery. Omeros is conducting the PK substudy to confirm the low levels of systemic exposure previously observed in preclinical studies of the drug product. Blood sa...

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Ric Tiplady Joins Patient Confidence Corporation of America ...

From The Patient Confidence Corporation of... — 4/18/2014

The Patient Confidence Corporation of America (PCCA) has announced the appointment of Frederic N. (Ric) Tiplady as  president, according to a com...Full story

Haag-Streit USA Surgical Microscope Integrates with Lenstar ...

From Haag-Streit USA — 4/18/2014

Haag-Streits Ophthalmic Surgical Microscope can now be used with the Lenstar LS 900 Biometer to enhance surgical procedures and directly affect effici...Full story

GrayBug appoints Dr. Gerald Cagle and Dr. Jeffrey Cleland to...

From GrayBug LLC — 4/18/2014

GrayBug LLC, a company developing a continuum of proprietary controlled-release drug delivery technologies for strategic partnership and its own thera...Full story

University of Utah Ophthalmologist to Receive Top Honor for ...

From Association for Research in Vision an... — 4/18/2014

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has announced that University of Utah researcher Wolfgang Baehr, PhD, will receive the...Full story

Binocular Disorders Linked to Falls, Fractures in Elderly

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/18/2014

Disorders of binocular vision are associated with a significant increase in the risk for falls and fractures in the elderly, likely exceeding the more...Full story

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GrayBug appoints Dr. Gerald Cagle and Dr. Jeffrey Cleland to...

From GrayBug LLC — 4/17/2014

GrayBug LLC, a company developing a continuum of proprietary controlled-release drug delivery technologies for strategic partnership and its own thera...Full story

Rayner Releases the RaySert PLUS Mini-Incision Injector

From Rayner Intraocular Lenses Limited — 4/17/2014

Rayner Intraocular Lenses Limited announced the launch of the RaySert PLUS injector. RaySert PLUS is designed for safe and effective implantations thr...Full story

New Research Shows that Bacteria Survive Longer in Contact L...

From Medical News Today — 4/17/2014

Each year in the UK, bacterial infections cause around 6,000 cases of a severe eye condition known as microbial keratitis - an inflammation and ulcera...Full story

Geuder Releases EndoTRON532 Laser System

From Geuder — 4/17/2014

Geuder has announced the release of the new endoTRON532, a laser system for the posterior segment. The laser operates at 532nm and provides a maximum ...Full story

Envision to Host Grand Rounds Program on Treating Visually I...

From Envision Inc. — 4/17/2014

Envision Inc. will conduct a continuing education course regarding visually impaired drivers hosted by Deena Sandall, OD, on April 17 at Via Christi S...Full story

Ranibizumab Holds Visual Line in Real-World Study

From Medscape Ophthalmology — 4/17/2014

Ranibizumab (Lucentis, Genentech) maintains or slows the decline in visual acuity in a large proportion of patients with neovascular age-related macul...Full story

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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., according to ...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, disposabl...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


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