Pfizer will acquire Wyeth in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $50.19 per share, or a total of about $68 billion, as of the Jan. 26 announcement of the planned merger. The companies expect the transaction to close toward the end of this year.
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Jonathan Etter, MD, of the Duke Eye Center, Duke University, Durham, NC, won first place honors in the sixth annual Ophthalmology Times Resident Writer's Award program.
Ophthalmologists are "powerfully positioned" to lead the effort to improve benefits and outcomes while diminishing costs associated with the health care system, said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, in his keynote address at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting.
David F. Williams, MD, MBA, has been named president of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).
Neil M. Bressler, MD, Susan B. Bressler, MD, Alexander J. "Sandy" Brucker, MD, and Stanley Chang, MD, were honored for their work in the subspecialty of retina Oct. 12 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is comparable with argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) in its ability to lower IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma, according to 5-year results of a randomized, controlled trial from the University of Ottawa reported at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting.
The winners of the fifth annual Ophthalmology Times Resident Writer's Award program were announced during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Philadelphia—William S. Tasman, MD, is preparing to step down from his positions as ophthalmologist-in-chief at the Wills Eye Institute and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University here.
Las Vegas—Ophthalmologists can use one of several modified strategies to perform cataract surgery in patients who are taking or have taken tamsulosin (Flomax, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals), with good outcomes and low complication rates, when they know of the medication history in advance, David F. Chang, MD, told those attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.
Las Vegas—Existing sterilization techniques, particularly those used in higher-volume, rapid-turnover operating rooms, may need to be modified to avoid and control future outbreaks of toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS), Simon P. Holland, MD, FRCSC, said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology here.