Estratest Generic On Indefinite Back Order!

90 Replies Updated



Conversation Starter

Msgirl Says:


Could this mean it may no longer be produced? I had a complete hysterectomy in 2000 and nothing else has worked for me! HELP!



Showing Replies 1 - 20 of 90 RSS Feed


Page of 5    Next Page     Sorted By:
1
Jenna Says:

Hi Msgirl,

May I ask where you found information stating that Estratest Generic is on an indefinite backorder? I couldn't personally find any information claiming that it's no longer unavailable. However, I did find out that there was a shortage of Estratest's active ingredients: "Esterified Estrogens" and "Methyl testosterone" - but according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, that issue was resolved in 2011.

Source: ashp.org/DrugShortages/ResolvedShortages/Bulletin.aspx?id=552

Please let me know if you come across any more information. Thanks!

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     3     0  
2
Colete Says:

Just today, my WalMart Pharmacist could only fill 7 pills. Then my PCP nurse called and told me the Estratest manufacturer had put the drug on "quarantine". We don't know what that means? Nurse suggested I try something else. There IS nothing else, is there? This is really happening here in Little Rock, Arkansas. What is going on????

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     2  
3
Stephanie Says:

I have had the same problem with mine. I am in Tennessee and filled my script on the 13th of December and they could only give me 14 pills. I am now out and the pharmacist told me it is on indefinite back order???? Waiting for the doctor to change me to something else. The problem is I have tried four other replacement hormones since my hysterectomy in April and this is the one that works!!!

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
4
Colete Says:

I called a local WalGreens and they still had the pills. I had to "transfer" the script (which they did by phone). BUT WalGreens doesn't take TRICARE prescription payment, so I paid the $34 for the Estratest HS. (I didn't care how much it cost)..LOL... CALL around and see which pharmacist still has some.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
5
Mike Says:

Greetings,

Since my wife has been having the same problem obtaining Estratest in California, I decided to do a little research on the problem. Here is what I found:

Estratest is a combination of Esterified Estrogens and Methyltestosterone. Methyltestosterone is a Class III restricted drug on the Drug Enforcement Administrations controlled substance schedule. Methyltestosterone is an oral steroid with mild anabolic steroid effects. Estratest had been previously exempted from the Class III restricted drug schedule.

There was a change in the law or regulations on January 1st that eliminated this exemption. This means that the drug manufacturers, distribution centers and drug stores or doctors now have a completely new system for reporting the sale and transfer of Estratest. It also requires a new prescription form and can not be prescribed for more than a six month period on any one prescription.

When they said it was "quarantined", they probably meant it was not going to be distributed until the manufacturer/distributer could meet all of the new reporting requirements for distribution of a Class III controlled substance. There could also be a problem for the manufacturers in obtaining the Methyltestosterone for inclusion in the Estratest since it is a Class III controlled substance.

At one time there were eight pharmasutical firms manufacturing Estratest. There are now only three.
Hopefully, those three firms will still find it profitable to manufacture Estratest.

It appears that post-menapausal women are the victims of the unintended consequences of the governments zeal to restrict anabolic steroid abuse.


REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     13     0  
6
Colete Says:

Thank you, Mike. Good post. My friend's pharmacist substituted a drug called Covaryx. She hasn't tried it yet. I sure hope it's the same thing as estratest.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     3     0  
7
Sofi Says:

Estratest used to be made by Solvay. The FDA discontinued it. You can get
It generic form now. CVS, Walgreens and Target uses a a pharmaceutical company called Amneal that produces estratest. It doesn't work for me. I've been taking Estratest since 1993 when it was made by Solvay. When they discontinued it Target used a pharmaceutical company Interpharm in 2010 and it worked great, then the changed to Amneal and it doesn't work. I asked Target for a printout of estratest that I received since 2009 and everything was printed out except the manufacture. The pharmacist had to write it in. When I looked at it, he had
Amneal for 3/2010 & I said Aneal did not fill this in 2010 and I showed him the bottle. Anneal is Target using now ,but not in 2010. I find very strange that Target does not
disclose the manufacture on their printout at the
time they fill out their prescription. I'm still researching
manufactures. I was thinking of calling the FDA and asking them who dispenses the generic form of estratest since they took it off the market

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     1  
8
Mike Says:

Hi Sofi,
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists reports that there are a few other companies that make a medication with the same composition as Estratest.

Centrex makes Corvaryx in full and half strength.
Creekwood makes EEMT in full and half strength.
Amneal is also supposed to be the same composition.

Solvay was the original developer of Estratest, a trademarked medication. Other companies (Glenmark, Prasco, Breckenridge, Lannett) began producing a similar medication under diffferent names.
All of these companies have discontinued production.

It is my understanding, and I may be wrong, that the methyltestosterone is added to help prevent cramping. When my wife ran out of Estratest and was placed on Premarin, she began to have severe cramping and muscle spasms in her back. We visited our doctor and he gave her a shot of testosterone. Within 24 hours, the back spasms stopped and within three days, the muscle pain went away. So it appears that she will be on Premarin and monthly testosterone shots until the Estratest situation improves.

A weird sidenote. Methyltestosterone in Estratest is a Class III controlled substance, and is probably the reason for this situation, requires a special triple form prescription. Testosterone is not a classified controlled substance and only requires a simple prescription.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     4     0  

9
Jon Says:

My wife had the same problem with getting her Rx refilled. The pharmacist told her the same thing as others have found out that it is "quarantined" and on back order. Her doctor also prescribed Covaryx HS for her. She's just started using it. Let's hope it works as well as Estrogenmtest Hstab did.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
10
Colete Says:

Jon, I since shopped around and there are several privately owned drug stores who don't seem to have a problem getting estratest. I got mine filled at one of them last week. They said they had three different supplies making the SAME thing.. I'm assuming the big pharma's (like Walmart, etc)..are the ones having the problem. Mine is half strength and looks like the old Solvay type pill. The number on the pill is #1507. Good luck

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
11
Genny Wills Says:

Amneal is the same manufacturer as Interpharm (they purchased Interpharm several years ago and still use the same manufacturing facility. So it's strange that it stopped working for you. Should have been the same pill. The good news is that I've heard it will be back to regular inventory soon.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
12
Dianne Says:

I tried many hormones after having my hysterectomy in 1996. Finally, after a years worth of work, my internist said I was having Estrogen overdose and put me on Estratest HS. It has been a life saver. Now I cannot get it from Medco, nor any of the local pharmacies (big or small.) I even spoke with a local compounding pharmacy and they said they do not have the methyltestosterone to make a compound version.

Then I remembered, I am able to get another one of my medications from canadageneric. I just spoke to them on the phone and they have plenty of Estratest HS and are going to get in touch with my Doctor for the script. A 90 day fill will cost $88, plus s/h. It takes a while to get meds from Canada, but the prices and the medications are the same - just packaged differently.

I hope this helps some of you and I pray my GYN gets the order done for me quickly.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     2     0  
13
Colete Says:

Good idea. That said, I'd still keep calling every pharmacy in town. Life for anyone without the Estratest is going to go down hill fast..

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     1     0  
14
Mike Says:

Hi Diane,
Since Methyltestosterone is now a DEA Class III controlled substance, I don't think that foreign medical providers can export it too the United States. Let us know if you are able to get your prescription from canadageneric.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     1  
15
Dianne Says:

When I spoke to Canada Generic yesterday, they took my order and said it would take 10 days +/-. I have rec'd my confirmation from them, so we'll see. I spoke with my GYN's nurse this morning and even she is anxious to see if I am able to get it. As soon as the package arrives, I will let you all know.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     1     0  
16
Dianne Says:

Mike,

I am also on Cymbalta. It is approximately $200 for a months supply from the local pharmacy, or $200 for a 3 month supply from Medco. My doctor suggested I try Canada Generic and I now get my 90 day script for approximately $100!! Cymbalta is a category C drug.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
17
Interlineal Peruser Says:

Jenna #1, I'm not at all surprised that you, in your very own words, "couldn't personally find any information claiming that it's no longer unavailable." If it ever was, and still is, veritably, "no longer unavailable", then that would simply mean that it IS presently available, and was possibly always so since its first becoming available.

Any allegations of unavailability of course raises -- and begs -- the question: Was it ever actually unavailable everywhere, and if so, for what substantive reason[s]? It may simply be a case of demand outstripping supply in some sectors. As with myriad products of all types on the market, many folk may be unnecessarily purchasing them causing a shortage for those folk genuinely in need of them!

By informing everyone who desperately wants and/or needs Estratest, where it can be obtained, it can cause panic purcha$ing, not unlike a "run on the bank$!"

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     4  
18
Colete Says:

In my case, the Neighborhood Market (walmart) sent me home with 7 pills and told me about the "quarantine".. Walgreens knew nothing about the "quarantine" and neither did the Private Drug Store I called...because they had plenty and seemed surprised. ALTHOUGH my new pharmacist said they would have to contact for a new script every 6 months. Making a run on it is sadly, a consequence. This entire issue has been going on for years. Obviously, the other drug stores had other suppliers :)
Thank god for this forum. We need some positive input guys :)

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     0     0  
19
Mike Says:

I checked with four drug stores in two towns (one independent and three large chains) and they all said they did not have any estrified estrogen and methyltestosterone. The independent drug store, where we normally fill our prescriptions, said they did not anticipate any in-stock until mid-march, based on information from their supplier. If four drug stores in two town have none of this medication, I would say there is a shortage somewhere. And since this does not appear to be just a local situation, I would have to say the shortage is wide-spread.

As to a "run on the bank" so to speak, it would be difficult to have a "run" on a prescription controlled substance. It would take a lot of doctors suddenly deciding to needlessly issue a lot of prescriptions to a lot of women saying they needed Estratest. And "hording" would be a bit of a problem when the prescription can only be refilled once in a certain time period (once every month, three months, or six months). Estratest is not exactly in the "fun recreational" drug category.

Overall, I really do not see how response #17 has contributed anything positive to the general discussion. I believe that the information shared in the Estratest thread has been helpful to all who post here or read the posts.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     3     0  
20
Interlineal Peruser Says:

The very first paragraph in #19 exemplifies a prime example of a pot's calling the kettle black, in spades, when #19 then, in #19's final para says that #17 hasn't contributed anything positive. It all adds up!

It is not difficult to have a "run" on anything. All that's required is for enough folk to require whatever is sought after and enough persons willing to participate[for their own reason$] in effecting its supply. If whatever's sought after is not only already in short supply but is known -- or even just suspected to be by enough persons wanting it -- to be in short supply, then its being "run-on" will very soon acquire a solid track record of so being time and again.

I do agree with Mike when he says that "hording"[sic] would be a bit of a problem but I can assure him that "hoarding" is a "whole heap"[pun intended] easier to "gather"[pun again]! But alas, the hordes are legend for their wont of hoarding hoards unnecessarily. Perhaps they'd do everyone -- including themselves -- a much greater favour in just taking stock of that which they do_gmatize. :o)

Drug stores -- not unlike many other businesses -- do not always willingly and veritably divulge exactly what stocks they do have in hand or what they even anticipate to have in stock by any prescribed future date. They have this nasty habit of just telling the customer what they think the customer might want to hear. The average Joe would be very surprised to know exactly that which prevails -- inter alia -- within the stocking of a drug store.

Doctors [per the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service] in the USA[and elsewhere] are on record as having done many needless and entirely unethical things with their patients. Have a look at "The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment" for but one example about what persons who purported to be doctors infamously did at that time, and they did it non-stop for 40 years! Another prime example of very suspect doctors needing to be continually kept under a watchful eye is the highly risible yet simultaneously sad and sorry situation surrounding Dr Atul Gawande's expose of many surgeons' hypocrisy with his: *Atul Gawande's "Checklist" For Surgery Success*. It was an entirely different kettle of fish when those particular surgeons were asked if they wanted Gawande's "checklist" used on them if they themselves were to go "under the knife" as a patient and not just be the person wielding the knife as per usual! These hypocrites soon changed their tune! How touching! It still has me in stitches[metaphorically, that is :o)], but suture self..err..suit y'self!

Yet another example where many doctors didn't have a clue what they were doing and were rightly exposed to their public writ large was "The Rosenhan Experiment".

Doctors and Druggists are only human and therefore not infallible. Apart from the giving of life and abiding by a duty of care towards our fellow man, the very next greatest gift that we can give each other is to challenge each other's ideas, but never "ad hominem". Just as Jack Nicholson said to Tom Cruise, in, 'A Few Good Men': "You[some folk] can't handle the truth!" Now ain't that the truth? Let it be told that some[many?] folk can only get by on a daily dose of being told that -- and only that -- which they want to hear. Otherwise, they can at times tend to be deaf as a post_er! :o)

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?     1     10  


Viewing page 1 of 5     Reply

Next Page >


More Discussions:

Estratest (generic EEMT) made by Seton Pharmaceuticals
Hello: I have been a long term user of estratest HS. It has been the only medication that has helped me completely. I wa... 36 replies
Ordering specific brand of generic adderall? (Washington)
Recently... my local Rite Aid switched their adderall manufacturer and it's caused me quite a bit of trouble. I noti... 4 replies
Oxycontin generic coming back?
I've been on Oxycontin for at least 10 or 12 years. I've always taken generic. Now I have to pay out of pocket $... 19 replies
Suboxone generic N8 with arrow on back
I have narcolepsy and was taking Suboxone strips. I got tons of energy but my insurance stoped covering them and switche... 2 replies
Generic Xanax Round White Blank FRONT back pb 633
company supposed to be BOCA drugstore will not give any more information ## Did you mean BP 633? If so, yes, that is a 2... 1 reply
Estratest is back
I had to change hormone treatments as Estratest was taken off the market. I have been taking estradiol for a year now an... 42 replies
neurobion forte tablet- consumption for indefinite period
Hi, I'm 39 yrs. old female and have been taking Neurobion Forte for like 6 mos. now as an only supplement. I didn...
what is the differnece between amoc tr k clv and amoxicillin clavulic acid physician order augmentin insurance pay for generic it didn help why
I have a sinus infection and have been on amox tr-k clv for 4 days now. I have not had any relief yet. I feel this gener... 1 reply
Back ordered Oxycodone 30mg in Marietta Ga
How can I fill my Oxycodone 30mg Presciption on line ? All of The Pharmacys here in Marietta GA are not in Stock.. ## Do... 1 reply
how long will adderall be on back-order july 2016
I live in jackson, tn and i tried to get my 30mg adderall filled yesterday. The ONLY pharmacy that had any was CVS and i...


Post a Reply

No registration needed.
Simply fill out the form below.

 *

 *


 Optional, stays hidden.
Get notified when a reply is posted here.




4) Text Verification: *
Prevents SPAM.

Click here to show the question



This form will be submitted securely


TRUSTe

Discussion Thread Guidelines: Any participation in the discussion threads signifies your agreement with the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. (1) Act civilized and be respectful towards others. No profanity, vulgarity or lewd / suggestive content is allowed. (2) Posts encouraging, facilitating, or seeking advice about the abuse of medications or other substances are prohibited. (3) Personal contact information (such as telephone numbers, email addresses, etc) is not allowed to appear on our discussion threads. (4) We do not allow our forums to be used for buying, selling, trading, or for the promotion of a product or service. (5) Posting external links to other web sites is not allowed without our prior approval. (6) We reserve the right to edit or remove content which we find objectionable to the community at our sole discretion.


Note: All times displayed are GMT - 7.

This information has been independently compiled and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a qualified healthcare professional; nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For more details please see the Medical Disclaimer. This page was last updated on 9 May 2017.

We are committed to your privacy.

Copyright © 2005-2019 All Rights Reserved. MedsChat® is a registered trademark of Limelight Innovations L.L.C. 9888 W Belleview Ave #5000, Denver, CO, 80123, USA