February 19, 2018 05:41 PM
An important medication for glaucoma patients is in short supply. Patients like Ronald Webb rely on a prescription medication called "Dorzolamide" to see. He uses the eye drops twice a day.
"One of my eyes is almost gone," Webb said. "It doesn't matter if you hold two fingers up or whatever, I can't see anything."
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But suddenly Dorzolamide wasn't available at his pharmacy, or anywhere else he checked. According to the FDA website, the drug has been in shortage since January 24th. Instead, Webb says he's been prescribed an alternative drug called "Azopt" which is much more expensive.
"It costs $190, compared to the $18 I was paying before," he said. "A big price difference."
According to one of the pharmaceutical companies that makes Dorzolamide, the drug is on backorder and unclear when it will be readily available.
To help with costs for people like Webb, a coupon for Azopt is provided here.
Updated: February 19, 2018 05:41 PM
Created: February 19, 2018 04:15 PM
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