Novartis happy as Lucentis shows further promise in AMDJanuary 1st 2006
Novartis Ophthalmics' and Genentech's investigational treatment for AMD has again delighted its developers by meeting its one-year primary efficacy endpoint of maintaining vision in patients with wet AMD during the first year of the two-year ANCHOR study.
European Society of Ophthalmology: the first 50 yearsJanuary 1st 2006
Since its inception in 1956, the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) has grown from a small entity into a conglomerate of national ophthalmological societies from all 40 European countries, representing more than 40,000 European ophthalmologists. We speak with President Zdenek Gregor about the changing face of the society, the importance of collaboration and the way the society has adapted to an ever-evolving Europe.
The four microkeratome comparisonJanuary 1st 2006
Published in the September/October 2005 edition of Journal of Refractive Surgery, Thomas Hammer and colleagues compared the quality and reproducibility of cuts produced by four automatic microkeratomes, and found that each performed similarly on overall quality of cut surface, with one out of the four, performing exceptionally better than the rest on quality of cut edge.
Welcome to Ophthalmology Times EuropeOctober 1st 2005
I often feel that the European ophthalmology industry is becoming the victim of its own success. With the half-life value of ophthalmic knowledge on the continent now set at less than five years, compared with 30 years in 1960, innovation in Europe is not showing any signs of slowing down. Ophthalmologists in Europe are continuously required to update and broaden their specialist knowledge with the advent of new techniques, treatments, instruments and devices. With meetings every few weeks, around the globe, on all branches of ophthalmic science and clinical practice, how is it possible to keep up?
Are you aware of all of the ophthalmology societies that operate around Europe? Do you know what they strive to achieve, how they came to be, who their key figureheads are, for example? You are probably familiar with some of the ophthalmology societies that are out there in Europe, but maybe not so familiar with what they're up to.
1991 witnessed the birth of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS); a new kind of society aimed at unifying specialists and societies across a number of disciplines throughout the continent. Society President, Professor Marie José Tassignon talks to OTE about her vision for the future.
The FDA has denied Genentech's request to fast-track the application for its age-related macular degeneration (AMD) agent, Lucentis (ranibizumab). In response, Genentech announced it plans to file a complete Biologics License Application (BLA) for Lucentis for the treatment of neovascular AMD in December 2005, in a bid to speed up the process. Although the FDA rejected Genentech's request for fast-track designation, this should not affect the timing for BLA submission or the potential to obtain priority review.
Coaxial microphaco & sealed capsule irrigationOctober 1st 2005
Coaxial microphacoemulsification performed through a 2.2 mm incision is a new technique available to cataract surgeons skilled in phacoemulsification. The technique affords patients the combined benefits of ultra-small incision surgery and conventional foldable IOLs, announced Robert H. Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and medical director emeritus, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.