BBC News: Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

4 September 2019
Source: BBC News

Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss. Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people in England will be eligible for the treatment. Drug

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BBC News: NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark (Avsatin) drug ruling

21 September 2018
Source: BBC News

A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. Twelve NHS bodies in the north east of England were offering patients Avastin, a cheaper alternative to the licensed drug, Lucentis. Health bosses said

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Vision UK Announce the chairs for two of their strategic transformational panels

28 August 2018
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK are delighted to announce that the we have recruited joint chairs for both the Vision UK Research, Cures and Treatments panel and the Vision UK Services, Support and Care panel. Vision UK’s mission is to improve lives by raising the priority given to eye health and sight loss. We will involve private, public and voluntary organisations to: improve

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