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News & Notes

Published: September 11, 2017

  • Florida considering 24-hour ASC stays A newly proposed bill in Florida would let patients stay in ambulatory surgical centers for up to 24 hours. But unlike previous proposals, the new bill wouldn't authorize "recovery care centers," in which patients could stay for up to 72 hours after surgery. The state's House of Representatives and Senate have been unable to agree on similar bills in the past.
  • CPT for glaucoma surgical device now in effect The CPT code for Alcon's CyPass Micro-Stent (0474T) is now effective. The device is used in conjunction with cataract surgery to lower intraocular pressure in adult patients with moderate primary open-angle glaucoma. It's now covered by Medicare in all 50 states, as well as by national commercial payers.
  • Allegran sues 3 Allergan has sued Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Prescriber's Choice and Sincerus Florida, accusing the drug manufacturers of unlawfully manufacturing and selling unapproved eye medications and engaging in false and misleading advertising and promotion of the unapproved therapies. Allegan says the 3 companies "do not follow the established compounding regulations, engage in false and misleading advertising, and ultimately, put patients and physicians at risk by selling unapproved new drugs." Imprimis says it will aggressively defend itself against the "frivolous" lawsuit, which it says is aimed at snuffing out the competition. "Allergan's illegal, abusive and anticompetitive actions aimed at maintaining its obscenely high drug prices reveal its true socially unconscious values," says Imprimis CEO Mark L. Baum. "Despite Allergan's misuse of its massive resources against a lawful competitor, Imprimis is winning support where it counts the most: among the nation's leading ophthalmologists and the patients that together we serve."
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