My husband has been on OxyContin for several years now and, fortunately has been able, up until last month anyway, to get the "real" OC's (as opposed to the OP"s). He's been afraid to even try the OP's due to all of the side effects and possible danger to the liver and heart. (He is a heart patient with stints that clog easily and is not willing to take the chance of the plastic coating getting up inside his arteries. When he went to get his prescription filled this month, Walgreens Pharmacy said that they were out of everything but that they should be getting a delivery in two or three days. Well, he went back after the scheduled delivery time and the truck had made it's delivery but with no OxyContin at all. (Either the OC's or the OP's.) As it turns out, no pharmacy in our area has received either versions of these medications. (My husband knows the pharmacist well, and she made the calls for him, as he would not be able to get any answer himself.) So, now my husband has been without any medication for a few days and must go see his doctor again to find out what can be done for him. It's pretty scary when you can't get the medications you need, especially one that can cause severe withdrawl symptoms and possible death due to these. (Which is possibley why so many patients who have been taking the OP's have been so ill. The coating is just not dissolving in order to allow the actual medicine to get into the body's system, thereby causing withdrawl symptoms.) So, that thought expressed, I was wondering if anyone has heard of a recent litigation involving these meds? It seems that this would be the only reason to have both versions removed from distribution. Thank you for your thoughts.
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Hey, everybody! I am actually responding to my own question as, a few hours after I posted it, my husband got a call from the manager of the Walgreens Pharmacy in our area, saying that she received a notification from the corporate office that there actually is a litigation, involving infringement rights on the OxyContins. I'm not sure if it's OC's infringing on the rights of OP's or vice versa but, until the litigation is settled, no more of these medications will be either manufactured or distributed. Has anyone else heard anything further? Love to hear from you! All the best, ash327
I am not surprised that there is some type of litigation but, what I don't understand is who is sueing who. Perdue makes both medications. I went off oxycontin 2 months ago because I was not getting pain relief and I was just ill from it. I do hope that Perdue or some other pharm company can make a pain medication as good as oxy oc that is probably whats going on. Something with the rights. Perdue had the market and then after the alotted time generics were produced so maybe it is between Perdue and other pharm companies. Please keep us posted as I know there are many chronic pain patients who would like to see the return of oxy oc. Why do we have to suffer for the those who abuse?
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