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How to Afford Pricey Eye Medicine

Prescription drug costs can be intimidating. In some cases, people aren’t able to follow their doctors’ instructions if they can’t afford their medication. How can a patient tackle this problem? We heard from one reader about a very pricey eye medicine.

Finding a Way to Afford Glaucoma Eye Drops:

Q. I have an elderly friend who has glaucoma. Her doctor prescribed Vyzulta eye drops. This medicine is extremely expensive. A two-month’s supply would cost her over $450. Is there a pharmacy in Canada that would be safe and charge her less for this medication?

Canadian Source for Pricey Eye Medicine:

A. We consulted www.Pharmacy.Checker.com and found one Canadian pharmacy that sells latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution (Vyzulta). The same amount (5 ml) from Canada Cloud Pharmacy would cost roughly one-fourth as much.

Brand name medications are often much less expensive in Canada. To learn more about identifying reputable Canadian pharmacies, you may want to consult our online resource, Saving Money on Medicines.

Manufacturer Assistance for Vyzulta:

The manufacturer of Vyzulta realizes that their pricey eye medicine might be out of reach for many patients. As a result, they offer assistance for some individuals. To learn about eligibility requirements, click here.

Alternatives to Vyzulta: 

If ordering from Canada does not appeal to your friend, she might ask her doctor if some other glaucoma medicine might work nearly as well as this pricey eye medicine. Doctors often prescribe a related drug, latanoprost (Xalatan), for glaucoma. We don’t know if an alternative would be appropriate, but several of them are available in generic form. Such generic eye drops are significantly less expensive than Vyzulta.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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