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Staar Seeking Expedited Approval For Aqua-Flow Glaucoma Drainage Device

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Anticipated expedited review and subsequent FDA approval of Staar Surgical's Aqua-Flow collagen glaucoma drainage device would make it available for U.S. launch by the end of the year or early 2001, the firm projected during a March 30 teleconference.

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