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Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism available in -2.75 cyl

As of October 1st 2014 the Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism lens will be available in -2.75 cyl power at all axes (10º steps).

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Vistakon UPP, discontinuations, and 12 packs

Vistakon announced some big changes to their portfolio:

To further demonstrate our commitment to prescribers, beginning this week, many of you will begin to hear from your JJVC Sales Representative about our new pricing strategy within the United States. This includes a Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for our ACUVUE® OASYS® and 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Families of Products and our 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand Contact Lenses. We believe the multifaceted nature of this new pricing strategy and the variety of elements that comprise the program will allow you to refocus the critical doctor/patient conversation on eye health and product performance, rather than cost. Also, by removing the complexity of rebates and building these savings into our new pricing, we believe we will be able to reach more patients with instant savings, while providing a simpler approach for everyone.

Additionally, this week we are introducing a new six-month supply pack of ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (12 lenses per box) in all available parameters. Effective July 1, 2014, we will no longer be shipping three-month supply packs (six lenses per box) of this product. In a study that captured actual product use patterns among ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand three-month and annual supply users across a four-month time period, research showed that patients with larger pack sizes tended to be more compliant in replacing their lenses bi-weekly as recommended by their doctor. Moreover, these patients had a significantly better wearing experience with respect to better comfort throughout the day, at the end of the day, and throughout the wear cycle.

In summary:

  • they will be following Alcon's lead and introducing Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for their most popular products.
  • They will switch from 6 packs to 12 pack supplies for Oasys lenses.

Additionally, they have announced discontinuations of the following products (while supplies last):

 

BrandDiagnostic DiscontinuedRevenue Discontinued
Acuvue December 2007 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance November 2010 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism March 2014 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance Plus August 1, 2014 March 31, 2015

Alcon Introduces Air Optix Colors

Air Optix Colors

Alcon introduces their long awaited Air Optix Colors:

"Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, announced today the launch of AIR OPTIX® COLORS prescription contact lenses, a new color contact lens that encapsulates Alcon’s 3-in-1 Color Technology in a silicone hydrogel lens.  Available in nine colors ranging from subtle to vibrant, AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are the first monthly-replacement, daily-wear color lenses available in the U.S. on a silicone hydrogel platform, allowing up to six times more oxygen through the contact lens compared to the leading, older technology color contact lens.1* The natural-looking color is contained within the innovative lens material, so that the only thing touching the wearer’s eyes is the ultra-smooth permanent plasma surface of AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses. Contact lens wearers can enjoy beautiful, comfortable lens wear.  "

“The scientific advancements in AIR OPTIX® COLORS make this lens the biggest breakthrough in the color contact lens industry in more than a decade,” said Carla Mack, OD, MBA, FAAO, Director of Professional and Clinical Support, for U.S. Vision Care at Alcon. “We know our consumers – Millennials in particular – want the ability to enhance their eye color in a natural, beautiful way. Now, we can give them an option that’s not only stunning, but also incredibly comfortable.”

Changes to Plaquenil risk calculator

I've made a few changes to the plaquenil risk calculator. A few of the changes were in the interest of user-friendliness, but the more important changes are as follows.

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I removed the chloroquine calculations. I can't recall the last time I saw a patient taking this (as opposed to hydroxychloroquine) and I feel presenting it as an option was only a potential source of confusion or errors.

I included some sliders for adjusting height and weight for BMI calculations. On the surface this may seem cosmetic but it also allows for our metric system users (which I call the "smart ones") to enter these values in kilograms and meters instead of ponds and feet/inches.

I made the cumulative Plaquenil dose calculator a bit more robust. It originally only accepted a dose and a duration in months and years. However, I realized that 1) Sometimes dosages change and 2) sometimes doses are irregular.

For example, if a person takes 400mg bid x 1 year, then changes to 200mg qd x 1 year, you can now add rows to the calculator by pressing the "+" button. You can do this as many times as you like.

plaquenil cumulative add row

In addition, I realized that I was seeing a lot of patients that were taking dosages like this: 400mg every other day, with 200mg on the opposite days. I added a "qod" sig option that can cover these more difficult prescribing patterns.

plaquenil cumulative qod

Hopefully that'll cover the majority of our needs for these calculations. If you run into any other commonplace scenarios that I haven't covered please let me know.

 

Sauflon launch clariti® to the United States market

SAUFLON ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY FAMILY OF SILICONE HYDROGEL DAILY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES TO THE UNITED STATES MARKET.clariti-1day-family1

– World’s Fastest Growing Contact Lens Company to Introduce clariti® 1 day, the First Family of Sphere, Toric and Multifocal Silicone Hydrogel Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2014 — Sauflon, the world’s fastest growing contact lens company, today announced that it is entering the U.S. contact lens market with its award-winning clariti 1 day silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses. As the world’s first and only family of sphere, toric and multifocal silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses, clariti 1 day is able to satisfy the broad range of practitioner and patient needs. Sauflon’s breakthrough AquaGen™ canadian pharmacy technology produces high quality silicone hydrogel lenses that provide exceptional comfort and affordable convenience for the wearer.

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