I HATE PLASTIC OPANAS!!! I have a prescription for 20 mg opana ERs, and am drastically desiring to obtain its generic version. The "G 73" tablets work better for me and are much more inexpensive. The doctor has checked the "product selection permitted" box at the bottom of the prescription, which I thought would allow me to receive a generic version of the medication prescribed, unless of course the doctor writes "brand name medically necessary" on the script, but I am still having a problem. A friend in a similar situation told me he thinks that the doctor must write the prescription for "oxymorphone", not "Opana" in order to receive it in a generic version. Is this true? Please someone who knows advise me, because as my topic indicates, "I hate the plastic opanas!"
The persciption does not have to say oxymorphone. It can read Opana. The problem is many places do not carry the generic version and a lot of them don't know that they can get it because 1 out of 20 places carry the generic version in all strengths. You have to go a pharm that is byhospital (this phone keyboard is acting up) The best thing to do is ask if they carry them in thastrength and keep looking till you find the right spotI'm lucky because my pharmacy carries jjst about everything and I rarely ever have to wait for them.
The generic for opana ER is made in a generic form which is oxymorphone ER. They even make oxymorphone in and instant release pill also. Both generic. I was in a horrible car accident and shattered both ankles, both knees, and one femur. My doctor tried the name brand opana and once by accident he wrote the script for oxymorphone ER. I noticed those work so much better. They are available and in my opinion they work great. Life savior. I have him write the script for oxymorphone ER and I've never had a problem. It's the same drug just generic. The extended release does come in the generic. Just to stress that. As a patient who uses this drug and had it filled every month for almost a year now I know first hand it it's available. To avoid confusion I'd just have your doctor write for oxymorphone ER. Then you will have no problems!! Hope this helps.
I know this has been up here awhile but maybe I can still help you. The problem with getting the generic is related to the patent that Opana has. The generic is what they call non-AB rated. You either need your doctor to switch the script to say oxymorphone ER ** mg (cannot say opana at all) or in my case the pharmacy just simply called my doctors office and they approved it over the phone. I've been on the generic Oxymorpone er now for over 2 years with a script that says Opana on it. I too had the same issue you had before I just asked my pharmacist to help. I have even switched to another pharmacy (same pharmacy chain different location) and have had zero issues. Good luck my friend. You are correct the generic G73's work way better than that plastic garbage.
I have heard they are available, and see people here have actually had them in their very own hands. However, I always end up with the name brand. The script always says "Opana (oxymorphone)" so I don't know why I cant get generic. HOWEVER, my insurance says they cover the name brand but not generic (go figure). So it's actually cheaper for me to get the name brand, which without insurance is in the $1000 range. But my part is only around $40.
I have no problem getting them where I live. But one of the answers is correct. You must use a pharmacy that is either in a hospital, clinic or connected to a hospital. That was my experience in Mississippi anyway. This medication has already been changed 3 times, so I'm afraid it won't be too much longer before they change the generics so we can't crush them too. Hope this helps.
Hi Cat Daddy,
I was in the same situation. The oxymorphone was working so much better for me that the name brand was/is. I was able to get the oxymorphone up until about three months ago. What happened was that some guy in New York decided to sue the company that was making the oxymorphone because he said that that he had side affects from it. The company that makes the name brand "opana" caught wind of the lawsuit in New York by a patient then decided to sue the company themselves because the patent had not expired on the name brand yet. This is why the doctors are not writing scripts for oxymorphone because it is no longer being made and can't be under the 20-patent expires.
Hello, i have also to admit i can't stand the wax brand version of Opana ER i also prefer the generic Oxymorphone (40mg i believe G77 Orange ) in my experience with obtaining the "Generc" my Physician has had to actually write OXYMORPHONE 40 MG INSTEAD OF OPANA ER 40MG. Has worked great for past 5 years BUT now strangely as it may sound my insurance has began Denying the Generic only agreeing to pay for the brand , if you hear of a way around this please let me know i can't seem to grasp the fact that my insurance is happy to shell out over $1000.00 more monthly rather than the MUCH cheaper (& in my case BETTER) Generic brand ..
Hi Cat Daddy,
I know you wrote this three years ago but... as of 2016, the generic to opana, oxymorphone, is no longer available. Some guy in New York sued the company that made the oxymorphone stating that it caused him complications. When the company that makes the opana, name brand, caught wind of the law suit against the company making the oxymorphone, they decided to sue as well because the 20-year patent had not expired at the time. So the company making the oxymorphone is getting it from both directions. This kind of situation is why medications in the U. S. is sooo damned expensive. What I don't understand is why the hell are these companies given 20-year patents and generics cannot be manufactured until that patent runs out!
The doc must write Oxymorphone ER which available in tablet form to be taken every 12 hours. If the rx is written for Opana, the Pharmacist cant sub because the Oxymorphone is not A/B rated as a generic equivalent of Opana even though it is the same chemical compound. I am a Pharmacist, so I know for sure. Hope that helps.
There is so much misinformation on this subject and I wonder if it isn't being spread by Endo to protect their market share. When Endo changed their medication they created what I call a tiny plastic frisbee that my stomach does not digest. After the change from their original formulation my pain relief was non-existent. Fortunately Global Pharmaceutical was able to introduce a generic version that worked like the original Endo Opana. Endo tried to stop Global from selling their generic version by claiming the medication was too easy to tamper with and abuse. Luckily for chronic pain sufferers the judge called Endo on their claim and said Endo didn't change the way their Opana was made to prevent tampering. The judge said they changed it to try to prevent a generic version from being sold.
Bottom line there is a generic version available, it is manufactured by Global Pharmaceutical and any major drugstore chain such as CVS, Walgreens, Riteaid, Duane Read, etc can obtain this if they don't already carry it in stock. If your insurance company covers the brand name but not the generic then you need to request an exception so they will also pay for the generic version. The prescription does not have to be made out for oxymorphone. It can be made out for Opana. You just have to request the generic version. If you need to request an exception to your insurers formulary so they will cover the generic brand then your doctor will have to indicate that it is medically necessary for you to use the generic brand. The Endo brand of Opana does not work well for all patients so there is data that confirms this fact. Some patients have reported finding intact tablets in their stools and therefore none of the medication is being processed by the patient. Bottom line
Global Pharmaceutical manufactures a generic version of Opana ER. It is Oxymorphone ER.
The prescription does NOT have to be written for Oxymorphone ER. But it will make it easier if your doctor does write it for Oxymorphone ER.
If your insurance company only includes Opana in it's drug formulary you can request that they make an exception and add Oxymorphone ER to their drug formulary. Your doctor will have to fill out a form indicating that the generic version is medically necessary for your condition.
If your pharmacy does not carry the generic brand, and they are a large national pharmacy chain, you can ask them to order the generic brand from Global Pharmaceutical. If they refuse to order the generic, or if they tell you the generic are not available, then find another pharmacy because the one you are using is lying to you.
Anyone who claims this information is not true is uninformed or intentionally passing on false information to prevent patients from using the generic version. I use a national chain, have a monthly prescription for Opana ER, my insurer added the generic version to their formulary after they removed it from their 2017 formulary and my doctor verified that the generic brand was medically necessary for my condition. All the information I have written here is based on first hand experiences. Regardless of what others have written here, some who claim to be pharmacists, I know all the information I have offered here, is 100% true and accurate.
- Opana ER Information for Consumers
- Opana ER Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Opana ER (detailed)
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