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Amniotic membrane transplantation adds to benefits of antibiotics in bacterial keratitis

The combination of amniotic membrane transplantation and antibiotic therapy leads to significantly better results than antibiotic therapy alone in eyes with bacterial keratitis, according to a study.At Farabi Eye Hospital in Tehran, Iran, 49 eyes of 49 patients were treated with routine antibiotic therapy in combination with amniotic membrane transplantation, while 50 eyes of 50 patients received antibiotic therapy alone. Freshly prepared cefazolin 50 mg/mL and amikacin 14 mg/mL eye drops were a...


Glaucoma detection program carries low costs in Philadelphia

Researchers assessed the costs of a glaucoma detection program in Philadelphia community centers and found that on a per-patient basis, examination costs were low, although opportunities exist to improve efficiency, according to a study from the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “In the U.S., an estimated $623 is spent per patient per year when glaucoma is in its early stages, but considerably more, at $2,511 per patient per year, when glaucoma is advanced,” according to Laura T. Pizzi, PharmD, ...


Roclatan demonstrates positive safety results at 12 months in phase 3 trial

Aerie Pharmaceuticals released successful 12-month safety results for the Mercury 1 phase 3 registration trial for Roclatan, a once-daily eye drop to lower IOP. The 12-month safety and efficacy trial, which included a 90-day efficacy endpoint, showed consistent safety results for Roclatan, a combination of Rhopressa (netarsudil ophthalmic solution 0.02%) and latanoprost, with no new adverse events after the initial 90-day efficacy period of the trial, according to a company press release....


King-Devick partners with educational company on reading program

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will distribute King-Devick Technologies’ Reading Acceleration Program to students in grades 1 through 4 beginning with the 2017 school year.King-Devick stated in a press release that the program teaches the physical act of reading to help “raise reading scores and narrow the achievement gap.”...


Novartis reports $2 billion quarterly income

Novartis reported a net income of $2 billion in the second quarter of 2017 compared with a net income of $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2016. Net sales were reported at $12.2 billion, while operating income was $2.3 billion, according to a company press release....


Eye care providers prescribe most brand-name medications

Eye care providers prescribe more brand-name drugs than other health care specialists, according to Medicare Part D data.In a retrospective cross-sectional study quantifying eye care medication costs, ophthalmologists were found to file 71% of their claims and optometrists filed 67% of their claims for brand-name drugs, together prescribing more than $2.4 billion in brand-name drugs in 2013....