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Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters of cases, compared to one-third of cases among nearly all other specialties. "Lawmakers are currently looking for ways to reduce federal spending for health care, and policies that favor generics over brand medications or allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices may lead to cost savings," said study senior author Lindsey De Lott, of the university's Kellogg Eye Center. "Using a brand medication for a single patient may not seem like a big deal, but ultimately, these higher costs are paid by all of ... Read more

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Nearly 10 Million Americans Are Severely Nearsighted

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – About 9.6 million Americans are severely nearsighted, a new study finds. Rates of nearsightedness – also known as myopia – in the United States rose from 25 percent in the early 1970s to 40 percent around 2000, the study authors said. Most cases of nearsightedness can be corrected with eyewear or surgery. However, severe nearsightedness can cause complications that threaten vision. The new study is based on federal data, plus an analysis of an American Academy of Ophthalmology database. The researchers estimate that nearly 820,000 Americans have a degenerative form of myopia called progressive high myopia, which can cause weakening of the retina. More than 40,000 of these individuals may also develop an even more serious condition called myopic choroidal neovascularization. This is "a severe complication of myopia with abnormal fragile blood vessels growing ... Read more

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