Academy of Ophthalmology reacts to recent study on eye exams for children Sean Donahue.

Donahue authored a recent study that estimated a nation-wide mandatory preschool vision exam program may cost more than $200 million annually exclusively for needless eyeglasses. The study further goes, concluding that, ‘policymakers should think about programs that would raise the proportion of preschool kids who receive a comprehensive exam, including an exam requirement potentially.’ Drs. Donahue and Beauchamp contend that using this scholarly study seeing that a rationale to market universal preschool eye examinations is inappropriate.‘We are in discussions with Sanofi-Pasteur, a device of Sanofi-Aventis, with GlaxoSmithKline and with Wyeth, who are now called Pfizer, and all three of them have shown a willingness to enter into a technology transfer with one, or a few, of their vaccines already in the South African market,’ Makhoana said. ‘The business estimates it would price some 130 million rand , and involve it in the complete vaccine development process rather than just in late production phases, which is what it now does, Makhoana said. Regarding to Makhoana, following the expansion, the company wish to do more use international organizations, such as UNICEF. ‘We are hoping to supply UNICEF with those vaccines and the geographical area of Biovac is very important because to transport the vaccines, from here to say, Lesotho.