turn over controversial cheap eye drugs
Both drugs treat wet
fake oakley sunglasses age related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disorder that can lead to blindness, but only Lucentis is licensed and approved for NHS use.
Its manufacturer Novartis has mounted
a legal challenge by seeking judicial review of the policy being
pursued by a group of primary care
cheap oakleys trusts in the South of England.
It said widespread use of an unlicensed medicine undermined the system to protect patients.
Charities and the Royal
cheap fake oakleys College of Ophthalmologists were also concerned about possible health risks.
Now, the trusts have reversed their
policy at a board meeting, claiming the price of Lucentis has been cut,
making it a better deal.
The reluctance of local eye specialists to use the cheaper alternative also meant the policy was not making planned savings.
The list price for Lucentis is around 900 per injection while the estimated cost of a shot of Avastin is 60.
Bosses at the Southampton, Hampshire,
Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Primary Care Trust Cluster have not
disclosed how much they had hoped to save.
However, the trusts said switching drugs would have cut the 7.5million annual bill for treating wet AMD.
Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in the developed world. These pictures show how it affects the eye
Professor Jonathan Montgomery, chairman of the PCT Cluster Board, said it continued to believe the policy was lawful, sensible and safe.
But ‘significant discounts’ in the price of Lucentis are in the best interests of patients, he said.
The professor added: ‘The board also took into account the policy had not been taken up in any meaningful way by consultant ophthalmologists on the advice of
oakley sunglasses replica their Royal College.
‘This has meant the potential benefits we envisaged, to patients and the NHS, of offering Avastin as well as Lucentis,
cheap oakleys had not been realised.’
This decision could set a precedent for other NHS trusts planning to recommend Avastin to cut costs, including NHS North Yorkshire and York.
fake cheap oakley sunglasses age related macular degeneration affects vision over time
A Daily Mail investigation last year found dozens of PCTs in England have told consultants to switch to Avastin, or leave the decision up to patients.
oakleys sunglasses data suggests the two drugs are equally effective in treating AMD, Avastin has not been licensed for this purpose and is being used ‘off label’ which puts responsibility on the doctor to vouch for its safety.
Fears over side effects in the US led to the Department of Veterans Affairs stopping
cheap oakleys the use of Avastin after reports of infections apparently caused by contaminated syringes.
Patients have lost their remaining sight and one man is suing for 2.6million in damages for loss of sight and brain damage as a result of an infection.Articles Connexes：