Saturday, February 1, 2014
Anti-VEGF Drugs Helping AMD Battle, Says Study
"A treatment introduced less than 10 years ago has already made a difference in the number of Americans losing their vision and being admitted to nursing homes, according to a new study," notes Reuters. "Two Duke University economists looked at Medicare beneficiaries with so-called 'wet' macular degeneration and found those diagnosed after the introduction of anti-VEGF drugs were less likely to go blind and less likely to move into long-term care...Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness in the U.S. affecting older adults, usually after age 65. Most AMD patients have the dry form of the disease, but about 10 percent have wet AMD, which progresses more quickly than the dry form." Read more.