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Drug Avastin Not Linked to Higher Risk of Blindness: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Concerns that eye injections of the drug Avastin increase the risk of a potentially blinding eye infection may be unfounded, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed insurance claims data from across the United States to compare the use of Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat retinal diseases with a much more expensive drug called Lucentis (ranibizumab). The study was conducted in response to reports of Avastin-related eye infections that led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to propose tight restrictions on the use of the drug for eye conditions. But the findings showed that patients treated with Avastin do not have a higher risk of an eye infection called endophthalmitis than those treated with Lucentis, the study authors said. The researchers looked at more than 296,000 injections of Avastin and more than 87,000 injections of Lucentis. They found the rates of ... Read more

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