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FDA Panel Recommends Macular Degeneration Drug

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  • The wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develops when leaky blood vessels grow across the central portion of the retina and cause scarring, leading to vision loss.
  • An advisory panel to the FDA is recommending approval for the light-sensitive drug Visudyne, which, when used in conjunction with laser surgery, destroys the abnormal vessels while preserving healthy ones.
  • The benefit of the drug is modest but effective in preventing loss of vision in some patients.

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