September 2017 Newsletter

September 20, 2017:

IVT Injections Continue to Provide Momentum to US Ophthalmic Market

Overall Q2-2017 volume increased 7 percent over the same quarter last year.

September 20, 2017:

Storms Expected to Set Back Eye Care in Texas, Florida, Mumbai

We anticipate that third quarter procedures will be reduced, but missed procedures will be scheduled in the fourth quarter.

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting Focuses on Lowering Cost of Treatment, Injection Burden for Patients

One surgeon described using a cheap, long-acting Kenalog slurry pellet for DME, RVO, and uveitis.

September 20, 2017:

Allergan Sues Imprimis over Cheaper Drugs; FDA Chief Frets over High Drug Prices

Scott Gottlieb, MD, told a conference of regulators that the US is on an “unsustainable path.”

September 20, 2017:

Allergan Agrees to $13.75 Million Deal with Tribe to Protect Restasis Patents, as Generic Challenges Rise

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has sovereign immunity from patent challenges.

September 20, 2017:

Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez Stepping Down; Company Names Vasant Narasimhan Next CEO

The company’s review of Alcon and a decision on its fate will be wrapped up before Jimenez leaves.

September 20, 2017:

Roche’s Lampalizumab Fails in Phase III Clinical Trial in Geographic Atrophy

The Swiss company said results from its second Phase III trial will be available in November.

September 20, 2017:

Ellex to Boost Production of iTrack Microcatheter to 50 Thousand a Year

Another planned expansion would enable the firm’s California plant to produce 100 thousand units a year.

September 20, 2017:

Spark Therapeutics Tops $1 Billion in Financing with Latest Public Offering

Its gene therapy for retinal disease is under priority review with the FDA.

September 20, 2017:

Market Scope Weekly Polls

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting: Investigators Deliver Gene Therapy Using Vitrectomy Machines

Systems are outfitted with a MedOne MicroDose injector, controlled by the device’s foot pedal.

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting: New Research: Luminate Combo Treatment Results Show Importance of Timing

Allegro’s DME candidate may work best when used a month after Avastin, study shows.

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting: Symposium Features Retinal Implants, Cutting-Edge Displays

Presentations included surgeon experience with the IOL-VIP Revolution and the Argus II.

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting: Doctors Blame Syringes for Silicone Oil Contamination in IVT Injections

Tests by the ASRS safety committee pointed to one brand as the culprit.

September 20, 2017:

2017 ASRS Meeting: Indian Surgeons Discuss Device Used to Remove Pellet Fragments from Eyes in Kashmir

Doctor’s Claw device has been used extensively in past year.

September 20, 2017:

Carl Zeiss Meditec Acquires Veracity Innovations

Ophthalmologists Kerry Solomon, MD, and Kyle Smith, MD, founded the company, which provides a cloud-based surgical planning platform for cataract surgery.

September 20, 2017:

Preview: 2017 ESCRS Congress to Feature Nearly 200 Sessions, 300 Exhibitors

The meeting has become the second largest ophthalmic conference in the world.

September 20, 2017:

Market Report: Steady Increases in Surgery to Fuel Single-Use Ophthalmic Device Market

The segment is expected to generate $3.1 billion in sales in 2017.

September 20, 2017:

Market Report: Perimetry Device Market to Generate $264 Million in 2017

The segment is expected to grow 2.3 percent over the next five years.

September 20, 2017:

Two Eye Projects Fail to Make Final Round for $100M Grant

The Himalayan Cataract Project proposed to develop and deliver sustainable eye care in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Ghana, while Jimmy Carter's Carter Center proposed to eliminate the transmission of river blindness disease in Nigeria.

September 20, 2017:

Inotek Agrees to Merge with Rocket, a Gene-Therapy Startup

Rocket CEO Gaurav Shah, MD, will be CEO of the new entity, while Inotek President and CEO David Southwell will join the board.

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