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Avastin out, Lucentis in after Novartis discounts in wet AMD

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An English primary care trust cluster has backpedalled on its policy of prescribing off-label Avastin (Roche's anticancer, bevacizumab) for Wet AMD, thanks to a drop in the price of Novartis' Lucentis (ranibizumab), among other things. The decision will likely put an end to the judicial review of the policy that Novartis initiated in April and could have implications for off-label prescribing, say lawyers.

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