21.08.2009

Man fights for funding for eye drugs

Man fights for funding for eye drugs

By Adrian Galbreth

A man who is registered blind is fighting for the NHS to fund drugs which he says could save his sight.

Dean Norris told the BBC that all he can see is "shadows" as he suffers from bad eye health including glaucoma.

The sight in one of his eyes is gone and he has had two unsuccessful corneal transplants in his other one.

He wants drugs that could cost £18,000 and is backed by two specialists who say the medicine would prevent the rejection of the transplants.

One is an expert for Moorfields Eye Hospital and has carried out the procedure four times.

But Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust is refusing, saying that the drug treatment is unusual and has not been used in its remit previously.

It does not believe there is enough evidence that it would work to justify the expenditure from its limited funds.

Moorfields Eye Hospital is based in London and was set up in 1805.

It is the world"s biggest specialist eye hospital and treats more than 270,000 people on an annual basis.

by Adrian Galbreth


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