Buprenorphine Availability In Florida

Jeff Says:

I've been prescribed buprenorphine for long acting pain management as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for 3 years in Palm Beach county Florida. I've always filled my prescriptions at Publix Pharmacy. I have 1 and 1/2 weeks left before I can refill. But Publix, all of them are saying their distributors are all out of stock. I've asked my pharmacist if this is normal, I was told no. I asked if he could find out quickly if this was permanent and he said he'd call both distributors to find out. Now, a week later, he's being evasive and says he hasn't gotten an answer. If I run out I could relapse, and I've been clean and sober for more than 8 years. I'm scared to death. Does anyone have any answers?

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Verwon Says:

Unfortunately, each month, every pharmacy is given a certain allotment by the DEA they can order and keep in stock. It is based on their customer base, and the size of their pharmacy. Once they run out, they are out for the month, until it is time to restock their supply. Have you tried any other pharmacies?

The FDA warns that this medication carries the risk of being habit forming, and may cause side effects, such as dizziness, constipation, headache, and dry mouth.

Have you been able to get it filled, yet?

Additionally, each manufacturer is also given a yearly limit, once they hit that limit, they cannot manufacture more, until they receive their new allotment allowance, which may not be until a few months into each new year, according to FDA, and DEA regulations.

Thus, in these types of situations, it is kind of hard to say what might be at play, this information only refers to controlled substances, to add more specificity.

As to your pharmacist being evasive, it could be that they are just afraid of angry customers. It's very hard to deal with someone complaining, when you have no control over the matter.

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Jeff Says:

Re: Verwon (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

The Publix Pharmacists have always been kind and nonjudgmental. I have never expressed any kind of anger towards them at all. Just confusion recently. My Doctor, who is the only one I've had for 3 years, is also confused. Publix has changed the generic brand they were using. It was Mylan that manufactured their generic Subutex, now it's Sun Pharmaceuticals. The Sun wears off quickly and after about 6 hours, I feel like I'm starting withdrawal symptoms.

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Adrian Says:

Re: Verwon (# 1) Expand Referenced Message

I ran into a similar issue filling Ritalin (more'n my jobsworth to spell out - oh frack it, methylphenidate,) and to compound (no pharma pun intended) the problem, it was on the same sheet as a number of my other essential meds, so I had to find a pharmacy that could fill *all* of them.

Basically mostt of them were out of Ritalin, as I went through the phone book calling pharmacies until I found one that had each medication in stock. After my 7th try, I got lucky.

The lesson here is to schedule your refill for the end of the month and pick it up on the first - and call to make sure they fill it. My doctor and pharmacist and their staff know and trust me, so they have no issue with strategic refills.

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Jason Says:

I just went to go fill a buprenorphine prescription at Publix and they told me they won't fill it unless it's mixed with Naltrexone

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