My doctor prescribed Oxymorphone ER 15mg. My pharmacist can't get it - supplier (McKesson) says it's "backordered." I don't want to have to get brand name "Opana" - it will cost hundreds. She called around to CVS, Walgreens and Walmart - and no one has this medication. Is this only a problem in SC or is it countrywide?
21 Mar 2012
I live in GA and you are not alone with this problem. I went to fill my 10 mg Opana and my regular pharmacy didn't have any and I had to search my entire area for a pharmacy that had some. There is nothing on the FDA's website about the brand name or the generic being on back order or no longer being manufactured. The pharmacy I was able to find some at to fill my script told me that they were going to discontinue manufacturing it, but as I stated before there is nothing about this medication other than they are going to stop making the 5mg and the 7.5 mg IR's because they are not as commonly used. Luckily my insurance does cover the brand and my co-pay was only $12.00 instead of the $5.00 for the generic brand.
You can always go to the FDA's website and look at the list on the left hand side of the page and click on the following links, although I would recommend opening each link in a new tab if you have that ability, "Drug Shortages and/or Drugs to be discontinued". The FDA's website is www.fda.gov Good Luck and again I am so sorry to hear that you are having such a difficult time, but please know that you are not alone in this struggle with pain medication availability. Hope this answer helps you out some.
21 Mar 2012
No there is actually a difficulty at the manufacturer. The FDA site has that Roxane is releasing them as they become available but Endo Pharmaceuticals hasnt been able to get them out and has no date yet to resolve the problem. Roxane sites the reasoning as Increased demand and Endo states it is a materials shortage issue.Hopefully Roxane can start picking up the slack for Endo's materials issue. There are quite a few shortages going on right now and a lot of them have to do with not being able to get certain ingredients.
27 Mar 2012
The Opana shortage is a nationwide one. The manufacturing facilities were shut down by the FDA due to quality control issues. As far as when it will be over is anyones guess. It could be weeks to months. Even patients on Endo's patient assistance program are not receiving their medication. Luckily, most alternatives are much cheaper then oxymorphone. Even when manufacturing resumes, it could take several weeks for Endo to get caught up and back on track as far as regular shipping schedules. Whenever there is a national shortage, it causes months of back ordering to get caught up. I would work with your Dr. to switch over to an alternative until this is over.
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