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 Post subject: Vent to your LASIK industry representative directly!
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:24 pm 
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Industry Contact Information
FDA:
Everette T. Beers, Ph.D.: 301-594-2018 ext 136, fax 301-827-4601, etb@cdrh.fda.gov
Chief, Diagnostic and Surgical Devices Branch of the FDA
ALCON:
MacHatton: 817-551-8974, Doug.MacHatton@AlconLabs.com

Cary Rayment, President and CEO of Alcon.

Mr. Rayment joined Alcon in 1989, following the acquisition of CooperVision Surgical, as Vice President, Surgical Products Marketing. Since then, his responsibilities have steadily increased in scope. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager for Surgical Products, Managed Care, International Marketing and Alcon Japan. Mr. Rayment lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife, Janet. They have one adult daughter, Kelly, who lives in California.

Kevin Buehler, Senior Vice President, Alcon United States. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of the Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Consumer groups in the United States. In addition, he directs Alcon's global Marketing activities.

Andr? Bens, Ph.D.,Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Technical Support.

Gerald D. Cagle, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Development. In this position, he is responsible for Alcon's global Research & Development efforts, Regulatory Affairs, Health Registration and Patent Legal.

United States
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
P.O. Box 6600
Fort Worth, Texas 76115
U.S.A.

Street Address
6201 South Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76134
U.S.A.

Alcon Surgical Division
2650 W. Bellfort
Houston, TX 77054-5008

Alcon Precision Device Mfg. Facility
714 Columbia Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Alcon Surgical Division
6065 Kyle Lane
Huntington, WV 25702-9795

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
6740 Business Parkway
Elkridge, MD 21227

Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
529 Koula Street, Bay 2
Honolulu, HI 96813

Alcon Surgical Division
15800 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618

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:?: Who are these people? What authority do they have?


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 Post subject: Not surprised you wondered why
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Still collecting information for this!


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Who is Beers and what does he do for FDA?


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 Post subject: Everette T. Beers, Ph.D.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:28 pm 
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That would be Everette T. Beers, Ph.D. He is the Chief, Diagnostic and Surgical Devices Branch of the Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices of the FDA.

He obviously has a high position and is often quoted, sometimes he even says things I like. See below.

http://www.aao.org/aao/news/eyenet/news/news_feb.htm

It?s the Year of Custom Ablation

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Customized corneal ablation is becoming reality in the United States, led by the mid-October approval of its use with the Alcon LadarVision laser. OKs for two other custom LASIK systems are expected to come early this year. But for refractive surgeons, sorting out which of the approaches and protocols is ?best? will be another matter.

The FDA is staying out of what is sure to be a marketing fracas except in the broadest way. The agency is requiring only that any customization protocols have outcomes equal to regular LASIK. But it is telling laser manufacturers that they can?t claim their wavefront-guided LASIK is better?unless it is.

?Laser companies can?t claim that they treat higher-order aberrations unless they can show that they do treat them, that the postoperative aberrations are significantly less than the preoperative aberrations,? said Everette Beers, PhD, chief of the ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical devices branch at the FDA. ?And you can?t say you?re ?treating? the aberrations if you?re not making them better.?


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Is he the guy that took over Rosenthal's job? Does Dr. Beers have qualifications or is he another mouthpiece for the industry? We only have one pair of eyes.

Also, "this is the year of custom ablation", does that mean the push is on for a new procedure? Is it considered safer than LASIK?

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The way it appears from the CDRH Organizational Chart, Rosenthal has not officially been replaced. The Deputy Director, David Whipple, is Acting Director of the Division of Ophthalmic Devices.

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/organiz.html

Beers holds the position that he has held for years - Chief, Diagnostic and Surgical Devices Branch. Beers is the key man in the device approvals. He's a Ph.D.

That article about custom LASIK was February, 2003. Wavefront is not safer, but it induces fewer aberrations than conventional LASIK.

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Update:

The new Director of the Division of Ophthalmic and ENT Devices is Malvina B. Eydelman, M.D. She is an ophthalmologist.

Contact info: malvina.eydelman@fda.hhs.gov.
301-594-2205

She's a government employee. She works for us. Call or email her and tell her what you think about the FDA's approval and postmarket surveillance of LASIK.

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"What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?" Dr. Sarah Smith


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Thanks for the update!


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