For the last couple of years the generic tramadol, gabapentin, and other medications that I have been recieving, have been very low quality and imperfect. Sometimes they don't work, and if they do provide slight relief, it's accompanied by side affects that cause handicaps and problems of their own. I tried switching pharmacy's, and even though the mfr is different, the meds are still imperfect and cause a different set of problems. They even cause drastic changes in emotions, which are debilitating, and which are obviously side affects of the scripts. I tried buying brand name, but the cost was too great. I am going to keep switching pharmacies, and if do find that one brand works better than others I would like to buy it from the mfr so I won't have to worry about the pharmacy changing brands every other month. Also, I would like to know if there is a place to complain about the shoddy, substandard formulations by generic drug MFRS, and if there are already complaints filed. Thank you for any assistance you can give.
Abigail, your question piqued my curiosity... I did a quick search for Tramadol manufacturers and found a site that claimed to list all mfgs worldwide. Listed were seven manufacturers in India, one in Pakistan, three in China, and... ONE in the US. All sources described themselves as exporters. I have no idea where my Tramadol was compounded, but I intend to find out. :-(
You cannot buy from the manufacturer. They sell to distributors only. I was on tramadol, for more then 10 yrs, from all manufacturers and most countries in the world, and I never had a problem with any of them. All medications sold in the usa have to meet FDA standards. The pharmacy gets its meds from the distributors and they have to use whatever the distributor buys and that's the cheapest. You stand a chance of the better quality of generics if you do not buy from a pharmacy that uses express scripts as a supplier.
If you talk to your doctor about the trouble you are having with your meds.
perhaps he/she can give you some information.
Any generic my pharmacy changes still works fine. Maybe you are taking
meds. you don't need anymore and this is why you are having problems.
Also, after talking to your doctor, talk to your pharmacy, if you don't get
satisfaction there, then try to find a pharmacy who will charge less for
the generic meds. you get - and try them for a week to 10 days. You may
just have developed a mind set that generics are not any good. I don't
know how you buy from the mfg - usually that is not done - they have to
go through a distributor. Look up each medication on the internet and
look in various mailing situations and see if you can get meds. for less.
Do you have an insurance program, and if so, are the meds. you are
getting not up to par. Complain, by phone, and see what the insurance
company can suggest. Your insurance company may have a purchase
by e-mail or mail that is lower in price. Keep on investigating and be sure
and contact a government agency.
I just saw your post Azabigail and had to add my thoughts. I have been prescribed Tramadol for a few years following the discontinuation of Darvacet (it worked so well) and I was dubious about Tramadol. Well, I recently discovered that the TEVA generic brand is completely useless and the Amneal generic is much better and more effective. I found this brand at Wal Mart. Well, they are now carrying the TEVA brand because "They got a better deal." I just refilled my script and did not realize the change until I got home and took a couple over a couple of days. Not only did this script from TEVA not relieve my pain, they made me nauseous. Why are we forced to take inferior brands just because it was "a better deal?" I'm checking other pharmacies now to see who might carry the Amneal brand and have found out they carry even another manufacturer's brand.
I've complained to TEVA (no response) and Amneal (can't tell me who sells the product because they're purchased through the distributors.) And, to the FDA - no response as yet. Who's looking out for our rights to expect products that work since they're cramming the generics down our throats?
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