In Reply We appreciate the critical reading and thoughtful reply to our article1 on opioid prescribing patterns. The primary purpose of the article was to cohesively review prescribing patterns of opioid medications by ophthalmologists in the midst of an epidemic. It is important to understand the context in which the article analysis was conducted. The study represents a review of prescribing practices among US ophthalmologists to recipients of Medicare Part D (outpatient) benefits.
Patel S, Sternberg P. Avoid Compromises in the Current Opioid Crisis, Using Cautious but Confident Patient Care—Reply. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(5):595–596. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.0636
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