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FDA approves first retinal
implant for rare eye disease

Reuters, by Julie Steenhuysen

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 2/14/2013 7:16:41 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial retina, an implanted device that replicates some of the function of the retina, helping to restore vision to people blinded with a rare genetic disorder, the agency said Thursday. The device, made by privately held Second Sight Medical Products Inc of Sylmar, California, is intended to replace the function of light-sensing cells in the retina destroyed by retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative disease that affects about 100,000 people nationwide.

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"...made by privately held" company in Sylmar, CA. Not by the federal government, which doesn´t create anything but debt and misery and barnacles that resemble people.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/14/2013 7:37:42 PM     (No. 9177019)

Steve Wynn, owner of major casino hotels in Las Vegas, is afflicted with retinitis pigmentosa. One wonders if this is something that could be beneficial to him.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: retiree, 2/14/2013 8:12:19 PM     (No. 9177109)

How awesome that would be. And as posted before, "privately held company". Won´t be long probably till big brother gets his hands into the mix though.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 2/14/2013 8:15:40 PM     (No. 9177114)

I thought the same thing #1. In the death panel era, you need his kind of cash to afford treatment!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lawdoc, 2/14/2013 9:46:22 PM     (No. 9177258)

Per the article, this has been helping patients in Europe since 2011. The FDA has, once again, hurt US patients with their risk averse bureaucratic red tape.

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