I have been on a specific pain regimine for years , that has kept me able to work and basically have a life. Lately, there always seems to be a "shortage" the pharmacy I go to has been around for 25-30 years. They are not "Fly by night"
4 Apr 2012
I wrote one response to this question and it disappeared so if it ends up showing twice, I apologize. This site has been acting strangely for me today. I, too, have been having trouble getting my 30mg oxycodone, not just the brand name but the generics! I usually use CVS and they have told me the shortage is at the manufacturer level and their "middle man" supply house. Funny, I looked on the FDA website and there are a lot of shortages mentioned but oxycodone wasnt one of them! Then yesterday I read an article that states CVS is joining this "war" on prescription pain meds by refusing to fill or limiting the quantities they will fill of certain stronger pain drugs and some drugs they just are not going to carry any longer. They have gone as far as to issue letters to Drs, in some states, telling them that they will not fill prescriptions for certain pain drugs anymore (what those exact drugs were was not mentioned).
I find this very interesting because for the past 4 months or so I have been getting a run around for this drug. One location close to my usual location told me that they recently were robbed and high dose oxycodone products (oxycodone 15mg, oxycodone 30mg and OxyContin, all strengths) were what they were looking for. So I had been wondering if CVS was trying to thwart these thieves until I read this article siting CVS corporate office as stating they will not fill these stronger formulations of opioids at their pharmacies any longer. Last time I checked, CVS pharmacies were not licensed to practice medicine from behind the pharmacy counter!! They are supposed to fill drugs ordered by the Dr. I guess it is their perogative to carry, or not carry, what they want to but I am deciding to limit my patronage of CVS. Unfortunately I'm required to purchase "maintenance" drugs from CVS but my pain pills arent considered maintenance. My pain Dr is in a multispecialty building and they have a small independent pharmacy within the building and they had been giving out advertisements for this pharmacy so I decided last month to check it out. It is just a little "Mom and Pop" kind of store and they dont sell much of anything other than prescription drugs. They have a limited supply of OTC drugs but mainly they just fill prescriptions. They didnt seem to have any problems filling my meds. The pharmacist even asked me if I had a preference for a certain generic, which I have never been asked that question before!! He used one of the same manufacturers that CVS has used and they (CVS) are telling me that they cant get them. So I think I'm going to let my Dr know that I will be changing my pharmacy because my contract lists CVS, at my usual location (there are several in the general area around here), as my pharmacy. I dont want to be in violation of my contract but what can you do when your usual pharmacy isnt carrying the drug you need? Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you! I hope you find a pharmacy that carries your medicine soon, johnnyboy1956!!
4 Apr 2012
One of the reasons for shortages of ALL opiate based drugs is where they get the poppies to make them. Afghanistan & other middle eastern countries that we aren't getting along with. I saw an story about on the NBC Nightly News. Now that may just be a scam to raise prices(I wouldn't put it past big Pharma) but it does make sense. Another reason is this feud Walgreens & I assume others are having with the giant wholseller Express Scrips. That's all I've heard so far if I hear more I'll post it.
3 Apr 2013
I live in ny on LI and have had the same problem also. I have only had this problem a few times..once about a year ago and about a year or so prior to that for a few months. Since then I have filled at walgreens with no issue until I got my last rx 6 days ago and have been everywhere on this island literally driving hundreds of miles and nothing. Its extremely frustrating and costly not to mention painful. I'm hoping this one mom n pop shop has it I'm literally waiting on their response now bc I'm out of meds n options.
4 Apr 2012
I know one reason is the cost. Roxicodone is a brand name expensive version of the generic Oxycodone. Many insurance companies will not pay for the brand name when there is a generic so widely available so many pharmacies don't bother to stock it for that reason. There have also been many manufacturing issues surrounding the 30mg version as well as abuse issues. Generic Oxycodone is usually always available except for the once in a while shortage that is manufacturer specific. Switching to the generic smaller dose pills should fix the problem, if not maybe it's time to change pharmacies. I hope this helps.
- Roxicodone Information for Consumers
- Roxicodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Roxicodone (detailed)
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