Would I prescribe generics to my family? Yes. I believe that all physicians treat all of their patients like family. I do as well. I prescribe generic medications to the majority of my patients. For the classes of medications that I commonly use, there are only some examples in which generics may have additional considerations. For glaucoma medications, we have fantastic generic options for prostaglandin analogues (eg, latanoprost, travoprost and bimatoprost), beta-blockers (eg, timolol and betaxolol), carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, dorzolamide), selective alpha-2 adrenergics (eg, brimonidine 0.15% and 0.2%) and combinations (eg, dorzolamide/timolol). In patients who are sensitive to benzalkonium chloride, it is great to have the preservative-free option of dorzolamide/timolol.
This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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