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IN THE PIPELINE

FDA okays targeted leukemia treatmentFDA approved a targeted new drug to treat adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
FDA eyes opioids in kids' medicinesAn FDA committee will review prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine to treat coughs in children.
Research offers insights to success in macular hole surgery
Research offers insights to success in macular hole surgeryMacular hole surgery can be performed using various techniques and technologies. According to John T. Thompson, MD, the available evidence supports always incorporating internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling, staining of the ILM, and having a large gas bubble in the eye on the first postoperative day.
Groups praise lawsuit against Walgreens, CVSPharmacy and medical organizations lauded a new class action lawsuit against CVS Health and Walgreens, alleging the two pharmacy chains colluded with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to drive up the cost of generic drugs.
FDA warns about contaminated drugs, dietary supplementsFDA warned consumers and health care professionals not to use a certain brand of drugs and dietary supplements that are contaminated.
Laser retains limited role for management of RVO-related MEIn the current era where pharmacologic therapy is the preferred treatment for macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO), there is still a role for laser, according to Francesco Bandello, MD.
OCTA brings understanding to managing diabetic eye diseaseOptical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a promising new approach for visualizing retinal vascular pathology in eyes with diabetic eye disease that can be expected to have even greater utility in the future pending further enhancements.
The ophthalmic technology floodToday, a visit to the commercial exhibitions of major meetings is a real show, with companies’ booths offering amazing high-tech devices that promise to address the specific needs we have in our practices. Although such technology impresses us, we seldom receive information on the evidence-based data surrounding its effectiveness, its cost-benefit analysis and the potential for obsolescence.
Numbers transform dry eye treatment for symptomatic, asymptomatic patientsAdding objective point-of-care dry eye diagnostics to your practice has deep, measurable effects, including more accurate and consistent IOL power calculations.
Assessing the impact of FLACS on surgical outcomesFLACS is related to an increase of anterior chamber prostaglandin and cytokines, resulting in intra-operative miosis. This can be prevented by pre-operative non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug application. As a result of methodological problems, several studies on the association between femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and cystoid macular oedema are inconclusive.