Avastin vs Lucentis: The Germans have joined the battle!

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Irv Arons, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Irv Arons

    Irv Arons Guest

    I recently reported that the British had decided to run comparitive
    studies between Avastin and Lucentis, and now, I've learned that the
    Germans will be doing the same thing.

    Here's the link to my posting:


    Also, the CATT study group is meeting in Philadelphia today and
    tomorrow. I hope to have more information about when the trial starts
    and what centers will be seeking patients.

    Irv Arons
    Irv Arons, Sep 24, 2007
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  2. Irv Arons

    Don W Guest


    So in your blog, as far as the European Study, it was mentioned,
    "The three treatments are reimbursed. It is up to the patient to
    choose. We ask them to sign a consent form because of it being a
    study," a spokesperson for Barmer health insurers told APM.

    So, how does the patient choose properly when an evidence based
    ophthalmologist cannot make a choice?

    Don W.
    Don W, Sep 25, 2007
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  3. Irv Arons

    Irv Arons Guest


    I don't know the answer -- I'm just trying to keep everyone informed
    on the latest information.

    Irv Arons, Sep 25, 2007
  4. When the evidence is NOT there, there is no informed decision really.

    That is why the gold standard for studies is the randomized controlled trial
    double-blind study, where the assignment to treatment arms is made randomly,
    and neither the patient nor the doctor knows which treatment was done, so as
    not to bias the interpretation of results before the code is broken at the
    end. This then (hopefully) yields evidence based medicine.
    David Robins, MD, Sep 26, 2007
  5. Irv Arons

    Don W Guest

    Maybe I am misreading the study. I received the impression that the
    German patient decides what treatment he gets, and then is reimbursed
    for that treatment.


    Don W,
    Don W, Sep 26, 2007
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