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Cheap Drug Beats Pricey One In Treating Vision Loss In Elderly

Posted May 02 2011 10:50am

A government-sponsored study released yesterday compared Lucentis , a drug approved to treat a common form of blindness in the elderly called macular degeneration , to Avastin , a cancer drug eye doctors have been using to treat the eye disease for years.

It found that patients who got Avastin could read an average of 8 more letters on an eye chart after a year – while Lucentis patients were able to read 8.5 more letters after a year of treatment.

 ”Health care providers and payers worldwide will now have to justify the cost of using ranibizumab [Lucentis,]” said an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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