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French revolution: committee OKs off-label Avastin for AMD

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Executive Summary

France has fulfilled its promise to make Roche's anticancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) available off-label to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), even though two other products – Novartis's Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Bayer's Eylea (aflibercept) – are already approved for this use. The aim of the move is to save money by using the much cheaper Avastin in place of the two authorized drugs.



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