It seems that there is a backorder or a forced limited supply by the government (DEA) on Morphine SR and none of the pharmacies are able to get it in any of it's strengths, most assuredly in those needed by pain management patients. I called over 100 pharmacies yesterday and was turned away with the same story, either "we don't get involved in Class II medications" or "we just can't get those medications in right now." In other news, some pharmacies are supplied only a certain number of pills per DEA standards to fulfill patients already within their care and they are unable to take anymore new patients; prescriptions. I found this to be appalling. We have real diseases requiring medication and the government of the United States is penalizing those of us who go to Board Certified pain management doctors and follow a strict regiment of returning to our doctors once a month for a follow up exam in order to receive medication, submit to urinalysis to ensure we are following our doctor's orders and sticking to the prescriptions he has prescribed and not doctor shopping and getting double doses from other offices, and to sign contracts with our doctors regulating our behavior ensuring we are not drinking any alcohol and in come of our cases not driving either. I have no problem capitulating to all of this because I know my doctor is doing his due diligence to ensure all his patients are legitimately ill and in meed of his services and no one there is someone who is giving him or us a bad name. The US Government has no right to go after us, by penalizing those who need the drugs and choking the supply chain. They need to go after the criminals themselves: the street thugs selling the illegal drugs and the unethical doctors that set up pain pill shops that sell perceptions for $200 to $300 dollars a visit, no insurance taken. It can't be so hard to follow the evidence and find a snitch in town to take you right to the bad doctors in every city. Leave us and our medications alone!!!
But just imagine how much easier it is to set up a state wide commission to keep count of every prescription a dr writes, and then go after the doctors, they have a paper trail straight to them. The government has no training as doctors, yet they are practicing medicine. They have issued an edict stating what conditions are allowed to have pain, and what that condition is allowed to have and how much. We won't need drs, we'll just have to beg the DEA for our scripts. The drs can't do what they went to school for. The DEA has no understanding of chronic pain, management of pain, or how the meds work, but they presume to know how to treat it. And if you don't have structural damage you don't have pain according to them. I'm really glad to know that all the pain I've had for the past 60 yrs was a figment of my imagination.
Needless to say I am exceedingly angry about this new wrinkle. All this is going to do is raise suicide rates, increase the sale of illegal drugs, and make us hate the government even more. Oh yes I forgot, for every dr they bust, they can treat them like drug pushers and take all their assets. What they are doing is far to lucrative for them to stop.
I take MS Contin 60mg disp 50 a month and cannot locate it anywhere, the CVS pharmacy told me there was a fire in the wharehouse and thats why this has occurred, I cannot imagine how i will work this week when the pain hits me full force using patches and 800 mg IBP but we all know what happens when it leaves your body, surely some of the pharmacy have this not a common drug.
Hi there. I don't personally take this medication, but my suggestion would be to anyone experiencing a difficult time finding any type of prescription medication to go to/call up one or more of your local hospitial pharmacies. They sometimes have meds in stock that local pharmacies don't. (My personal opinion is because they are located in a hospitial and therefore have more products on hand and probally order more quantities of hard to find meds than regular pharmacies... )
Hope this helps!
It is amazing that I just read your article after what I just went through. I contacted 15 CVS RX's in Boston - none of them carried MS Contin nor offered to order it for me. Mind you, this is a location filled w/ the top hospitals in the country. The issue is mainly a bias one --- all people who take narcotic meds, even if they need them, are all junkies. 80% of the pharmacists treated me like I was calling from a ghetto. I work in the legal industry, have no side effects from the RX nor can anyone tell I take the med. You need to go in person with the RX in hand and tell them to order it for you. If they don't, follow up with the Board of Pharm. or call the main number of the drug store chain to make a complaint. Now, I need to do a 3-hr round trip to my old pharmacy in order to get it filled. Its really frustrating I know but hang in there. I should have known better but it was an unpleasant reminder of the issue w/ narcotic meds.
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