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Didn't have my meds at the pharmacy again!

I think I posted in another discussion how I had been having trouble finding enough Oxycontin at my pharmacy to fill my script for the month.

Today it was the Oxycodone/Acetaminophen-10/325.

Now this is a large chain pharmacy, and we all know this drug is one of the most common ones they give for pain.

The pharmacist said that there are several reasons for this.

1. All of a sudden everyone and their dog is being prescribed this drug.

2. Corporate is limiting how often they can place an order for controlled drugs.

3. There was a hurricane someplace where there is a major distribution center so that is causing a problem right now.

They had enough to fill 1/3 of my script and she says she thinks she can order today or tomorrow so I should have them Friday or Monday at the latest. I mean it is fine as I won't run out or anything but it's just another thing to have to worry about every month. Guess I will have to give them a call a week before my script is due and make sure they can have enough on hand. I am already doing that with the Oxycontin. I also asked if that was going to work because it used to be the law that if you did a partial fill on a controlled drug, you had to fill the remaining within 72 hours or a new script would have to be presented in order to receive the remaining pills. She says that the law has changed from 72 hours to 30 days so I guess that is a positive at least.

I can't wait to see my PM Doctor next month and let him know that it isn't just the Oxycontin I am having trouble getting. He was less than thrilled when I told him last month about the issue and told me he was going to call a drug rep he knew and see if there was anything that could be done. They are the ones that said to give them a weeks notice and that has been working, just another thing I must remember to do.

Am I the only one having these issues right now??

Thanks everyone,

Cindy

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  • Cindy, I had issues last year with MS Contin 15mg in my area for about 5months...had to call around to 15-20 Walgreens up to an hour and a half away...then all of a sudden the issue was no more

    I’ve been on the 10mg oxycodones for years both in FL and here in TN and have never had one issue. I get my refill the end of the month, so now I’m anxious about it...we’ll see what happens

    I did read where the amount manufactured has been reduced, so I’m wondering if that fact has finally caught up with what can be ordered

    Since most pain management patients have to designate a particular pharmacy, it would be nice if they would be able to somehow gauge how many of what they would be filling in a month so they could have those on hand...but I guess there’s more to it than that



  • I have problems getting pain patches, the kind with the cloth backing.

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  • As my wife is in management at your local well known pharmacy, there is a reason your medications aren’t there! Corporate has made every store only have so many of certain schedule 1 drugs, such as Oxy, Hydro, fentynal patches available. Multiple reasons for this, Corporate responds to Government controls as well as DEAs request. Also, it’s for the protection of Pharmacy employees. Here in Florida, you hear of pharmacy Robberies on a daily basis. But let’s say pt #1 comes in for their pain meds and your pharmacy only has 45 tablets of what you need. Pt #1 gets their 30 tablets, you come in later for your 30 but they only have 15 and they give you half of your prescription. Then they get on the phone and spend hours trying to locate the rest of your Rx. Unfortunately the other stores are doing the same for pt#3 who went to another Walgreens! You ask, why can’t they have enough for all their regular patients? Their not allowed over a certain amount to have on hand. Times are changing my friends!

  • Thanks everyone for your posts.

    @scinmyheart, I didnt mean to worry you! I have been taking these type of drugs for 20 years and never had any trouble til just recently. It may just be something with our area right now. I'm sure you will be just fine.

    @DavidG, For sure I don't blame the pharmacists. I know they are doing what corporate is telling them they have to do and corporate is just trying to follow government regulations. I am just hoping that common sense will prevail in the near future and they will start realizing that much of what they are doing at this point is only affecting the pain patients who are getting their meds legally.

    The pharmacist did apologize and said she didn't understand either how these regulations are doing anything but but make it hard for the legitimate pain patient. The ones getting it illegally will always find a place to get what they want.

    Oh well, I still feel fortunate to have such a wonderful PM doctor that really cares about his patients and tries to see that we get what we need. Hope you all are doing well and having a low pain day. Have a Merry Christmas!!

    Cindy

  • Cindy, I hate to hear what your going through and I’m not highly optimistic it’s going to get any better. In fact in my own opinion, it’s just going to get worse. Those of us which are the majority on this site take these meds just to have some form of a normal life. I think before everyone starts going through withdrawal, we find out what our alternatives are! I can foresee a increase in ER visits nationwide just for pain relief! I’m honestly considering medical marijuana despite the high cost of it (Florida is legal now) but I’ve read all the ranting which is justified, but for our own sake, we need to become proactive to find a alternative!

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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 274

    Years ago before this "opioid crisis craze" took over, I ran into the some outage issue multiple times at one of the big chains. I took my business to locally owned pharmacy. When I told the story to the lead pharmacist at the local pharmacy, she told me she was certain what was happening at the big chains. She claimed that most big chains go into exclusive contracts with certain manufacturers. If the there is a run on a drug or manufacturing problems, the big chains go into a "rationing game. In contrast, they as a locally owned pharmacy, buy most of their stock through brokers, when means the locally owned pharmacy has indirect to almost all manufactures. Since I took my business to the local pharmacy, if they could not fill my complete script that day, the script was completely filled the next business day. I hate to say it, but I find locally owned pharmacies care a lot more about their customers.

  • Been having the same issue most of the year, first for Opana, then Norco 10/300s. Opana was just hard to find and with the Norco, I was prescribed 240 a month and the pharmacy would normaly have 200 and I would have to return for the other 40. Not a big deal except the pharmacy is close to a 70 mile round trip. This is the new norm, pharmacies no longer want to maintain a stock of any type of controlled drug as it makes them a target so they keep the bare minimum on hand usually one or two bottles of 100. I am fortunate as the pharmacy I deal with has a dept that only does controlled drugs. The same pharmacist and two techs that do all verification, billing, drug count, etc which makes for a much smoother procedure and this store stocks literally everything in terms of narcotics and other controlled items. In the future this will probably be the norm. one pharmacy that will handle all controlled med orders and nothing else. Makes sense as a lot of the current stores want nothing to do with opiates with the exception of cough syrups and perhaps, Tylenol or Emperin with Codeine and Hydrocodone/ APAP.

  • @DavidG, I have spent the last 24 years looking for an alternative to the meds and never found anything. There were times that my MD sent my file to a specialist of one kind or another and they would actually send it back saying that after reading my file, they had no further ideas on anything I could try. I am just trusing God that he is going to take care of this. As far as MMJ, I think a person should be free to use it if it helps their pain. I only remember trying it once in my late teens and it literally made me sick and we live in a very conservative state so I don't see them legalizing it here in the near future. If so, I would try it for sure.

    @Nutcase007, I may have to try the independant pharmacy in town. There is only one. I just felt like I wanted to stay with the pharmacist I have had for the last 17 years because he knows me and we have built up trust in each other. He has not been working the last few times I have been in there so I have not been able to ask him exactly what is going on. I believe he would tell me the truth, so maybe he will be there next time.

    Mike, What you said makes sense because last time I called a week ahead to make sure they had the Oxycodone on hand on the day I needed it and when I got there to pick it up, gave them my script and the pharmacist said yes they had two bottles. So a bottle is a 100? I never knew that. Thanks for the post.

    By the way, I did receive the remainder of my meds on Friday so it all worked out. I guess I should stop stressing about it and just give them a call a week before due date and hope for the best. I so wish that I didn't have to have meds at all. I try to take the very minimum I can get by on and beyond that, I don't know what else to do. I am always searching the internet trying to see if there are any new preventative type meds or anything else that I could try. So far there isn't. Anyway, thanks everyone for reading this and for your kind posts.

    Cindy



  • Hi Cindy, have you tried a mom & pop pharmacy? I had the runaround from “big chain” pharmacies for almost 2 years!! It is draining, and embarrassing! It makes you feel like you’re chasing something, when all you’re trying to do is feel better!

    I started using a mom & pop pharmacy, and they always have my medications. I’m currently on MS Contin ER 30mg 2x day, and Hydrocodone 7.5 2x day. They always have my medications, and I don’t have to wait until a certain time to pick them up. One of the chain pharmacies in my area would make me wait until after 11... not a minute before. Hope this helps.

  • Some chain drug stores won't stock anything over a oxycodone 7.5. I went through this with Rite Aid. Target was even worse. They told me that the higher strength drugs makes them a.... target... for robberies.

    I believe that the big chains have deals made up with the manufacturers and may be trying to limit what they stock, which limits what is available for the patients. It seems that everyone is in bed with the DEA lately.

    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
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