April 2016 Newsletter

April 18, 2016:

Market Scope Reflects on 20 Years in Ophthalmology

Take a look back at the US refractive market in April 1996, when our firm was launched.

April 18, 2016:

APAO Surprise: ‘Eylea at the Cost of Avastin’

Doctors from India discuss their work using the cancer-fighting formulation of aflibercept in the eye.

April 18, 2016:

APAO Congress Emphasizes Lowering Cost while Delivering High-Quality Eye Care

Meeting has broadened its focus to include many diseases.

April 18, 2016:

APAO Congress Showcases Regenerative Medicine

One speaker discussed development of an artificial cornea developed using fish scales.

April 18, 2016:

Allergan’s Saunders Says He Needs More Info to Speculate on B+L Purchase

Saunders ruled out taking over as CEO of Valeant, telling Forbes that he would not consider it.

April 18, 2016:

Valeant Could Name New CEO within Weeks, Ackman Says

Current CEO J. Michael Pearson is under subpoena to appear April 27 before a US Senate committee investigating drug pricing.

April 18, 2016:

2016 ASCRS Symposium in New Orleans Promises Latest Data, Warm Weather

City’s average high in early May is 85 degrees; the low is 67.

April 18, 2016:

2016 ASCRS Meeting: Our Guide to the Conference

This year's agenda includes early European experience with the Abbott Symfony lens, strategies for bringing back LASIK, one-year results for the AcuFocus KAMRA, and new drug delivery platforms for glaucoma drugs.

April 18, 2016:

Market Scope will be at Booth 2135

Please come by anytime or schedule a specific time to meet with someone on our team.

April 18, 2016:

2016 ASCRS Meeting: OWL to Bring Together Top Leaders, Officials for Signature Event

Michael Johnson of Abbott Medical Optics will serve as moderator.

April 18, 2016:

Our Cutout Page of Must-See Sessions at the 2016 ASCRS Meeting

This page is available to everyone for download.

April 18, 2016:

Novartis Takes $119 million Impairment Charge on Jetrea

Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis, licensed commercialization of Jetrea outside the US in March 2012.

April 18, 2016:

Sun Pharma Receives FDA Approval for BromSite

The NSAID is indicated for preventing pain and treating inflammation postoperatively in cataract patients.

April 18, 2016:

Acucela, University of Manchester Ink Retinal Gene Therapy Deal

The company also signed an option agreement with YouHealth Eyetech to evaluate lanosterol as a nonsurgical treatment for cataracts.

April 18, 2016:

CMS to Test Payment Model that Favors Low-Cost Drugs

The new model would pay a 2.5 percent add-on fee plus a flat fee of $16.80 per day.

April 18, 2016:

Congressmen Want to Use ‘March-in Rights’ to Control Drug Pricing

The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 gives health officials the authority to suspend exclusivity of a drug developed with the support of federal funding.

April 18, 2016:

Market Scopes Launches PracticeScope Premium for Ophthalmologists

The subscription-based service provides time series analysis, benchmarking data, custom graphs that can be downloaded for presentations, and much more.

April 18, 2016:

New Premium IOL Technologies Expected to Fuel 6 Percent Annual Growth

Nearly 25.5 million IOLs are forecast to be implanted globally in 2016.

April 18, 2016:

Rayner Opens New R&D, Production Facility in UK

• The plant has the capacity to manufacture 3 million IOLs a year, the firm says.

April 18, 2016:

KAMRA Scores PR Boost with ‘Wall Street Journal’ Article

Consumer awareness of corneal inlays has been low.

April 18, 2016:

AOA Files Complaint Against Opternative Vision Test App

The group’s concerns include the potential for inaccurate prescriptions; missed diagnosis of serious eye conditions; and creation of a prescription with little meaningful input from an eye doctor.

April 18, 2016:

Regeneron, Novartis Collaborate with Intellia on Products Using CRISPR/Cas9

Intellia, a Massachusetts startup, has filed paperwork for an IPO worth up to $120 million.

April 18, 2016:

Study: Vitamin C Cuts Risk of Cataract Progression by Third

Researchers from King's College London tracked a thousand pairs of female twins for 10 years.

April 18, 2016:

Fish, Bug Eyes Guide Design for Autofocus Contact Lens

A prototype is still five to 10 years away, researchers say.

April 18, 2016:

Heidelberg Ships Milestone 10,000th Spectralis System

The recipient was French retina specialist David Sayag, MD, who is helping prototype an OCT angiography module with Heidelberg.

April 18, 2016:

Phakic IOL Patients at Risk for Cataracts, Elevated IOP Within 10 Years, Study Shows

A Swiss team followed 133 eyes in 78 patients who had surgery between 1998 and 2004. After five years, two of every five patients had cataracts.

April 18, 2016:

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