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Staff Reports
Early refills now allowed in New Jersey
New Jersey has enacted legislation that requires insurance companies and health plans to provide coverage for the early refill of prescription eye drops at 70% of the predicted days of use.
Ophthalmologists inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame
Ophthalmologists Leonard Flom, MD, and Aran Safir, MD, have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the invention of the iris recognition scanner.
Allegro, Senju collaborate on integrin peptide therapy
Allegro Ophthalmics LLC and Senju Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. have entered into a collaboration and agreement to develop and market Allegro’s integrin peptide therapy in Japan.
EGP-437 found effective for anterior uveitis
EGP-437 (EyeGate Pharma), a corticosteroid formulation, was found to match the response rate to prednisolone acetate 1% for treatment of anterior uveitis.
Stephen J. Ryan, MD, dies
Stephen J. Ryan, MD, a member of the Allergan Board of Directors, died on April 29, 2013 after a short illness.
New PDUFA date for DME implant, PAS submitted
A new PDUFA goal date has been established with the FDA for Iluvien fluocinolone acetonide implant (Alimera Sciences Inc.), and a PAS has been submitted to NICE in the United Kingdom.
FDA approves combination suspension for glaucoma
The FDA has approved Simbrinza suspension (Alcon) for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
Toric IOL gets FDA approval
The Tecnis toric 1-piece IOL (Abbott) has received FDA approval, and the company is launching the lens in the United States for treatment of cataract patients with pre-existing corneal astigmatism.
Protocol allows fast-track production of RPE cells
A team of scientists reports that it has found a way to isolate retinal pigment epithelium cells from human pluripotent stem cells as early as 14 days following the onset of differentiation.
Bausch + Lomb, Leica form partnership
Leica Microsystems and Bausch + Lomb have announced that Bausch + Lomb will distribute Leica ophthalmic surgical microscopes and accessories in select markets.

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