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Avastin
Jan 7, 2012
Health Canada is warning the public and doctors about cases of blindness in the U.S. that have been linked to off-label use of the drug Avastin. Three clusters of cases of serious complications including blindness have been reported in the United States after the drug was used to treat macular degeneration, the department said in a statement in...

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Mar 30, 2010
The rate of intravitreal injections in Ontario grew 8-fold between 2000 and 2008, according to a new study. Intravitreal injections of VEGF inhibitors surged between 2005 and 2007, with a small number of ophthalmologists performing more than half the injections. Using a population-based retrospective design, we studied monthly fee claims for...

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Oct 15, 2009
A fundamental principle of the 1984 Canada Health Act is that Canadians should have access to medically necessary physician and hospital services according to need rather than ability to pay. However, national coverage for prescription medicines administered out of hospital was not included in the Act, although there have been policy calls for a...

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Avastin
Dec 9, 2008
Public health authorities in Canada are investigating a spike in cases of sterile endophthalmitis among patients being treated for AMD with Avastin. First noticed in British Columbia, there appears to be a rise in cases in other parts of the country as well. And now authorities are trying to draw the potential problem to the attention of the...

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Sep 18, 2008
A Calgary doctor says two drugs used to treat an eye disease should be covered by insurance companies as well as Alberta Blue Cross. Both Avastin and Lucentis are used to treat wet macular degeneration. Biddy Pyke has the disease and was initially treated with shots of Avastin, which she had to pay $150 a dose. But the Avistan stopped...

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Jul 30, 2008
Alberta Health confirms that Lucentis will go before its expert drug review committee as early as this month for consideration. The committee will weigh the drug for cost-effectiveness and efficacy before making a recommendation. "Hopefully by fall we should have a decision," said Shannon Haggerty, a spokesman with the Health Department. "...

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Apr 22, 2008
Alberta students who are blind or visually impaired say the course materials they need in braille are often sent late or in some cases not at all by the provincial education department. "There hasn't been a year there hasn't been a problem," said Olga Knight, whose daughter Tiana is visually impaired. This year, Tiana said she did not...

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Canadian braille postage stamp commemorating guide dogs
Apr 22, 2008
Pointe Claire resident Alan Dean is getting ready to celebrate. After about seven years of campaigning for a Braille postage stamp, Canada Post will be unveiling the country’s first-ever Braille stamp at the Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB) in Notre Dame de Grace on April 21, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the MAB’s first...

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Apr 8, 2008
The drug Lucentis is covered for most seniors who have wet age-related macular degeneration no matter when the condition was diagnosed, say the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Ministry of Health. Some patients over 65 have been told by the eye clinic at Hotel Dieu in Kingston that the costs of the drug are not covered unless...

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