November 2012 Newsletter

December 3, 2012:

2012 AAO Meeting Focuses on New Technologies

The annual global conference drew a large crowd to McCormick Place in Chicago despite weather and scheduling issues.

Ophthalmology Innovation Summit
Cataracts and IOLs
Femtosecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery
Retina
Jetrea Poised for US Launch
Lucentis, Eylea, and Avastin Revisited
Aspirin and AMD
AMD’s Pathogenesis
Retinal Prostheses Become a Reality
Retinal Devices
Refractive Surgery
Diagnostic Equipment
Glaucoma

December 3, 2012:

NICE Evaluates Jetrea

On November 27, ThromboGenics announced that Jetrea will receive a Single Technology Appraisal (STA) from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

December 3, 2012:

Aspirin and AMD

Several studies have yielded mixed messages about potential risks.

December 3, 2012:

Retinal Prostheses Become a Reality

Recent years have seen increasing efforts to design and develop retinal prostheses that restore a useful level of vision to individuals blinded by retinal disease. In 2012, more than 25 of these projects have been active in various parts of the world.

December 3, 2012:

US Refractive Surgery Volumes Slip in Q3-2012

US refractive procedures fell slightly during Q3-2012 after rising during the three previous quarters.

December 3, 2012:

US IOL Procedures Climb 2.8 Percent in Q3-2012

Growth in US IOL surgeries during Q3-2012 was roughly in line with long-term trends.

December 3, 2012:

CMS Issues Guidelines on Reimbursement Related to Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery

Although many would have preferred a non-covered ruling for femtosecond laser cataract surgery, in general, cataract surgeons welcome the CMS guidance as it provides much needed clarification as to how they may charge when using the femtosecond laser for cataract surgery.

December 3, 2012:

FDA Proposes State Oversight of Large Compounders

The FDA is proposing that oversight of nontraditional compounding pharmacies be shifted to the states under a plan in which the federal government would set safety and manufacturing standards and the states would enforce those standards.

December 3, 2012:

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