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I did some research for you guys and here's what's going on:

Ethex states the shortage is due to manufacturing issues. KV Pharmaceuticals, which markets prescription medications through Ethex, voluntarily suspended shipment of all prescription tablet products in December 2008. Applies to 5mg, 15mg, and 30mg.

Actavis states their shortage is due to manufacturing issues. They may source from Ethex...Not sure. 5mg has been discontinued, 15mg and 30mg on LT backorder.

Mallinckrodt, Qualitest, and Xanodyne are having supply and demand issues, due to the above (Heavy demand now for their products).

[B][U]Estimated Resupply dates:[/U][/B]

Xanodyne has Roxicodone 5 mg unit dose tablets and 100 count bottles on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date. The 15 mg tablets and 30 mg tablets are on back order with an estimated release date of mid-February, 2009

Mallinckrodt has all of their oxycodone immediate-release tablets on back order. The 5 mg and 15 mg tablets have an estimated release date of mid-February, 2009. The 5 mg unit dose tablets and the 30 mg tablets have an estimated release date of early-March, 2009.

Qualitest has oxycodone immediate-release tablets on back order. The company was not available to provide a release date of their products.

Ethex and Actavis have their oxycodone immediate-release tablets on a long-term back order and the companies cannot estimate a release date.


My recommendation is that you all ask your Doc about other Oxycodone products. For example, 5mg capsules by Glenmark...Full availability. You'd have to get more of course because they are 5mg. BTW, Mallinckrodt has their oxycodone immediate-release 5 mg capsules on back order and the company estimates a release date of mid-February, 2009.

Oxycodone Liquid is in full availability. It comes in a bottle and has a plastic dropper....Like baby Tylenol. There are several brands....Oxyfast, Roxidcodone, and generics.

The other alternative would be a move to Oxycontin (LA vs SA) or some other LA med. Your Doc would know what would be best in this case.

If you need hard copy documentation for your Doc (at your appt. or when you call), go to ashp.org, type "drug shortages" in the search box, and it will be the first result to come up.

BTW, all controlled meds are regulated by the Fed Gov't in terms of manufacturing...All manufacturers are on allocation for the year, meaning they can only make so much per year, per their allocation. Thus, when one or two companies have issues and drop out, the others are able to adequately respond the fundamental issues of supply and demand.

Good luck with all of this....Looks to be a big nightmare.

Regards,

Ex





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