UK doctors urge use of Roche's Avastin as cheap eye drug

February 24, 2015 7:41 PM

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UK doctors urge use of Roche's Avastin as cheap eye drug

LONDON (Reuters) - British doctors called on Tuesday for Roche's cancer drug Avastin to be made routinely available as a cheap alternative for treating people with a debilitating eye disorder.

Doctors from 120 Clinical Commissioning Groups said using Avastin ‘off-label’ to treat the potentially blinding condition of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) could save the National Health Service (NHS) 102 million pounds ($158 million) a year.

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