Dr. Richard Hoffmann, Ask the Pharmacist, 02/14/12

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Drug treats age-related macular degeneration

By Richard Hoffmann

Q: I heard that a new drug was approved for age-related macular degeneration. What can you tell me about it?

A: The FDA recently approved a new drug therapy to help slow vision loss in people with the eye disease known as neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration or AMD.

AMD occurs when the central part of the eye’s retina, known as the macula, is damaged. This can lead to severe, irreversible loss of vision and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people older than 50.

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