I have moved this to the Patients & Pros section so that anyone who needs to post here can do so.
Peter, I finally read your original post. I don't know the answer to the question of whether non FDA approved Rx drops can be imported by a pharmacy etc. I should think anything really good for dry eye would be made by Leiters in San Jose - IF they can do so without violating a patent but then so much of the latest stuff IS patent protected so they can't. - I see you're not a Restasis fan... I'm not either, for many reasons, but I do have to admit I know quite a few people that it HAS helped. More options = more people helped. Incidentally lots of places compound cyclosporine drops in various concentrations and vehicles in the US so I'm not sure I understand why there would be a need to import any?
I agree with your concerns about contact lens wear, MGD, and the trends to fit contacts on ever younger patients. And, of course, LASIK. - I do feel we are looking at quite a dry eye epidemic but I would fault not just contacts but diet and office environments. - Personally I do not feel that drugs hold all the answers to these problems though... They play a role, but looking collectively at the 'anecdotal' evidence on DEZ over the years the practical side of managing/treating dry eye symptoms plays at least as big of a role.
Last edited by Rebecca Petris; 27-Apr-2012 at 16:10.
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