Aston Academy of Life Sciences, the clinical research hospital of Aston University, has recently been commissioned to assess the efficacy and safety of a specialist drug, Posurdex (Allergan Ltd, UK), which is used in the treatment of patients who suffer from a sight threatening condition, called macular oedema.
It is estimated that the condition, which is caused by occlusion (blockage) of the central or branch retinal veins in the eye, affects over two and a half million people worldwide, with over 245,000 people in the UK being affected, most of whom are untreatable. This phase III clinical trial commissioned at the Academy and other sites in the UK, Europe and Worldwide offers the hope of significant improvement in vision for those who suffer with the condition.
The disease affects the macula, a tiny oval area at the centre of the retina which is responsible for "central vision" and is important for tasks that require detailed vision, such as reading and driving. The disease process involves the build up of fluid causing swelling of the macula which can result in severe visual disabilities and blindness particularly among people with diabetes.
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