Columnist: Prices for generics of the same medicine can vary widely

03/8/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A refill of a generic antibiotic that cost $165, when the original order cost $4.30, reflects the fact that different makers of generic treatments may charge different prices for drugs that are essentially the same, columnist David Lazarus writes. The case illustrates how little negotiating power and pricing information patients have when it comes to drugs, he writes.

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