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Lucentis for AMD

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2,891 words with 3 Comments; publish: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:07:00 GMT; (90062.50, « »)

Hi All,

I heard this on the news this morning, so verified it at the FDA's website.

I think it's ok to mention that, I hope.

In any case, yesterday the FDA approved the injectable drug for AMD (age-related Macular Degeneration), called Lucentis. This is the "wet" type of MD.

It is supposed to stop the progression of vision loss from AMD and is injected into the eye, once a month.

Thought this was good... no... great news for those suffereing with this terrible eye disease. But the newscaster here this morning, said that one injection could cost $3,000.oo!!! Can that be possible? I haven't been able to verify that anywhere so not sure how accurate the news was this morning.

I hope I heard that wrong.

I think it's great they came up with something for AMD, but at that cost,

what good will it do for most people with the disease?


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    • The cost per injection is $1,950. Still very high for a person under 65. Most of the cost will be covered by Medicare or Medicade.

      An alterntive drug is Avastin. This drug blocks the same protein as Lucentis,believed responsible for the blood vessel growth below the macula.

      The cost is as little as $17 a dose.

      So, If your in the medicare age range, your going to get the "golden injection" :rolleyes:


      #1; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 22:17:00 GMT
    • Hi Hellas! :wave:

      I'm keeping an "eye" on this for my mom.

      I was just sending her an article on it and noticed this towards the end:

      ...Genentech is committed to assisting eligible patients in accessing our

      therapies for approved indications, regardless of their ability to pay. Although

      Genentech's products are covered by most government and private insurance,

      Genentech established the Genentech(R) Access to Care Foundation (GATCF) in 1990

      for its marketed products, and donates free product to eligible uninsured

      patients in the United States,...

      #2; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 22:18:00 GMT
    • My father has Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Edema/degeneration.

      He was getting injections of Avastin. 2 weeks after his 2nd injection he had kidney complications and had to be rushed to the hospital. His Ophthalmologist insisted that the Avastin played no part in his kidney failure and that it must have the the diabetes alone. Now, I know that Avastin is an off label use of an approved drug but I feel that this played a part in his kidney problem. He has had diabetes for over 15 years with no serious ailments and then all of a sudden this happens. Only 2,000 people in the US have had this procedure.. I believe that it can be possible that he is the FIRST person to have such a complication.

      I myself work in the field of Ophthalmology and have asked some of my colleagues and they didn't think it was possible either.

      Just wondering if there is anyone out there who has experienced the same complication or similar?

      #3; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 22:20:00 GMT