BLOG: Cost of generic ocular steroids varies
Every week, I work with ophthalmology residents in the operating room at a county hospital to teach them surgical techniques, primarily in cataract surgery. The patients at this hospital are among the kindest and most thankful, and often times are in the midst of financial difficulties. Patients can receive low-cost or even no-cost surgery with the understanding that ours is a teaching facility where resident physicians will do their surgery while supervised and assisted by attending-level doctors.
These patients were typically prescribed generic postoperative medications due to the perception that it was the lowest-cost option. How wrong were we? Many patients have been reporting that the cost of a generic bottle of prednisolone acetate 1% cost nearly $100, or more in some cases. This was a surprise to me since the cost of this medication was far less just a short time ago.
To read the full blog entry by Uday Devgan, MD, click here.