I call attention to this paper of mine just published in Eye & Contact Lens together with colleagues Drs. Kathryn Richdale, Erin Tomiyama and Mark Bullimore – a survey of the variability of atropine formulation, sterility and stability testing and storage requirements for compounded low dose atropine for myopia prevention.
Dr. Gary Novack presented an invited talk on “Why are there not more new glaucoma drugs” at the August meeting of the Glaucoma Research Society. The Glaucoma Research Society is a public interest, non-profit scientific association of outstanding glaucoma researchers that provides a forum to discuss and stimulate compelling or innovative research to prevent glaucoma-related disability worldwide. It is limited to 100 members worldwide. Dr. Novack is a long-time member.
In May, Dr. Novack was part of a UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science weekend Continuing Medical Education course in Napa. He presented issues surrounding off-label use and compounded medications in ophthalmology. He also discussed generic vs. branded products.
Dr. Novack was featured in a spotlight on ARVO members in a May 2022 posting of The Ophthalmologist entitled “Captain’s Log”, the reported focused on Dr. Novack’s answer to a query about an analogy for his work. Novack said “…like Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek Original Series “Corbomite Maneuver”, episode, I use available information to take strategic directions and optimize resources. He also gives to his “…parents, who were first generation to college, for providing me the education (together with the University of California) to enable me to reach my adolescent goal of being a scientist. I also credit my family for giving me support and fulfillment throughout my life.”
Dr. Gary Novack presented two posters at the May 2022 ARVO conference in Denver. One of these was presented in the Cornea section on preclinical data on a new investigative potential treatment for dry eye disease. The other was presented in the retina section on Phase 3 studies of a new topical anesthetic for use in the office for various procedures including intravitreal dosing.
Gonzalez VH, Wirta DL, Uram M, Schupp A, Widmann M, Novack GD. Two Randomized, Double-Masked, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Studies of the Local Anesthetic Effect of Articaine Sterile Topical Ophthalmic Solution 8% (AG-920)
Park LC, Gharat L, Park, K, Alam J, Yu Z, Hu Y, de Paiva CS, Novack GD. Pflugfelder SC. Dry Eye: Evaluation of novel YP-P10 Peptide in animal models of inflammatory dry eye disease.
With a recent product approval, Dr. Novack has now made substantial contributions to 60 approved products during his career. As he noted in an editorial, half of “Pharmacology” is “Therapeutics” – providing better ways to treat patients. Please see “Key Roles” on the PharmaLogic website.
The issue of ethics of professional medical writers engaged by pharmaceutical firms was discussed in novel oncology therapies.
In a recent article in JAMA Oncology on the use of surrogate endpoints in oncology, del Paggio et al identified industry funding for nearly all. They further highlighted the use of medical writers in papers published on this work to be of concern, suggesting that medical writers may unduly influence the interpretation of trials. In a letter, leaders of three professional medical writing organizations, the American Medical Writers Association, the European Medical Writers Association and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals, refute this point, stating that the authors have no data to support this premise. Further, the medical writers make reference to Good Publication Practices guidelines,and ethical standards for medical writers. They cite a paper by Hamilton et al showing the opposite – that the involvement of medical writers in preparing manuscripts improves several outcomes.
Glaukos announced that 200 papers published on their glaucoma product, the iStent. . We’re pleased to say that Dr. Novack was the medical writer for lead authors Dr. Thomas Samuelson and L. Jay Katz on the first one, in Ophthalmology. This demonstrates one of our principles – publications in quality journals have a long lasting benefit.