Has anyone started a class action suit against Purdue blocking mfg of generic Oxycodone exten tab?
- 30 Jan 2011 by mannalive
- 1 July 2013
- oxycodone, generic
I understand soon patients will not be able to find / purchase Oxycodone 40 mg extended release tabs. Purdue has blocked generic drug manufacturers from making and selling product. Generics are needed by many patients. Some State insurance programs will not pay for brands. No generic available for Oxycontin new safe tab.
I say there is a place on the market for the oxycodone extended time release tabs. Once again patients are getting
screwed by Purdue and the courts!
I think a class action law suit should be started to address this issue.
I couldn't agree more mannalive. The problem is Perdue holds the patent on Oxycontin for a few more years I believe. I thought they granted Ethex and another company the right to distribute the 40 and 80 mg er release oxy?? I need to do some research on this. Are you saying if a doctor writes out "oxycodone 40mg extended release" on the prescription, the patient can't get the regular formula? They have to get the OP version? It's pretty confusing but I will try to research this and post again. Thanks so much for the info.
Christine I may be wrong on this but my pain management doctor and I discussed this when she was changing me and she said that this company still had the patent, when it was removed from sales and they removed something about the medication she told me she had heard several other doctors say that their patients did not do well on the new formula so the way I understood her then when the restructured the drug and came back on the market she said I don't know how they were able to do it but the had the patent on the drug, but of course I was really sick with my back and you know how it is I could have misunderstood so far better if you are going to check this then we will know one way or the other best wishes, caringsonbj (Billy)
From what I understand you can only get long acting Oxycodone from the Perdue OP's they have blocked all manufacturing of the generics. There may be some by other manufacturers on the shelf but once those are gone it is only the Perdue OP's. As I said in my question about this, they dont work worth a crap!! I'm lucky enough that my insurance will pay for part but I pay a much higher copay than I do with generics but cost doesnt matter as much to me as the fact that whatever they did,it doesn't work the same! They are not as effective!!! From what I understand is that they changed the coating so it cant be dissolved in water, they turn to gel so they cannot be used IV and also when you try to crush them they do not crush well and the particles that do break still retain their time release mechanism. I'm ALL FOR deterring abusers but not at the expense of the people who need these to function!! Keep us posted on what you find out! I'm furious too!
I realize it has been years since you posted this question. I was on OxyContin for two years with state medical insurance. Purdue has a program where they will give you free OxyContin if you get your doctor to send the prescription to them about two weeks early. I agree they do not work as well as the old formula!
When I was switched over to Medicare, who does not pay for OxyContin, I had my PM change my prescription from OxyContin to oxycodone. It is a lot cheaper! I went to Medicare's website where you can look up the cost of different prescriptions, printed it out, and gave it to my doctor. When he saw the difference in price, he gladly switched me over. It just means that I have to take more pills throughout the day.
I hope this helps!
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