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Ciba Vision's Focus

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Extended-wear, disposable Focus Night & Day soft contact lenses will be priced "competitively" with the cost of wearing and cleaning ordinary disposables, the Novartis unit says following FDA approval Oct. 12. The lenses are the first to be approved for continuous 30-day wear, as opposed to the conventional seven-day maximum. Made of lotrafilcon A, the Focus is available for eyes +0.25 diopters to +6 D in 0.25 D increments, -0.25 D to -8 D eyes in 0.25 D steps and -8.5 D to -10 D eyes in 0.5 D steps. FDA's Ophthalmic Devices Panel recommended approval in July (1"The Gray Sheet" July 23, 2001, p. 27). A required postmarket study will evaluate long-term risk of infection
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