Why do doctors choose a $2,000 eye drug when an effective $50 alternative is available?

There are two eye drugs that 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.

 

 

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Only half of prescription drugs are removed by wastewater treatment plants

The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear.

A new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes has found that only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants.

 

 

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Price of brand-name drugs rises sharply

Brand-name drug prices rise sharply while generic drug prices plummet.

Brand-name prescription drug prices are rising faster than the rate of inflation, while the price of generic drugs has plummeted, creating the largest gap so far between the two,according to a report published Wednesday by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts.

 

 

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