“I have glaucoma and routinely use CoSopt optic drops to control my glaucoma induced eye pressure to keep from going blind. More recently I developed a reaction to the generic brand of these drops (dorzalamide- timolol) due to sensitivity to some non active ingredient or preservative in the drops. This means I have to use the much more expensive brand name drug (from Merck) which cost over $210 for a 10ml bottle which last less than a month. Last fall i was traveling and ran out of Cosopt drops. At the Dubai airport in the UAE I located a pharmacy and was able to walk in and purchase the Merck branded Cosopt the exact same drug and size for $31- less than 15% the cost of the same drug in Alaska. Clearly the competitive market for drugs does not function in the U.S.”
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