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

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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.

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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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