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  • Drug approved to combat elderly blindness

    06/30/2006 8:56:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 30, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The first drug shown to significantly improve the vision of patients threatened by a major cause of blindness in the elderly won federal approval Friday. The drug, called Lucentis, treats the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, a disorder where blood vessels behind the retina leak blood and fluid, worsening vision and often causing blindness. An estimated 90 percent of the 1.4 million Americans who have lost their eyesight due to the disorder have the wet form. Lucentis, made by Genentech, Inc., a South San Francisco, Calif., biotechnology company, inhibits the growth of blood vessels when...