U.S. Doctors Choose a $2000 Drug Instead of a $50 Alternative to Treat Eye Condition


Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
Washington Post
December 9, 2013

The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company.

Image: Doctor (Wikimedia Commons).

But one holds a clear price advantage.

Avastin costs about $50 per injection.

Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection.

Doctors choose the more expensive drug more than half a million times every year, a choice that costs the Medicare program, the largest single customer, an extra $1 billion or more annually.

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