Mallinckrodt Oxycodone 30mg - No Oxycodone In Jul 2017 Batch

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Lilou Says:

I have been taking Generic - Oxycodone Instant Release (IR) 30mg for at least 12 years as my breakthrough pain Med. For the last 3-5 years, I have taken Mallinckrodt Oxycodone IR 30mg (Generic) and they work great. In mid July 2017, I filled my usual script for Oxy IR 30mg from my usually pharmacy. This time, I noticed that some pills seemed to give me relief, while others didn't. So I knew it wasn't hyperalgesia. I finally cut some in half & 1/4's & tasted them. The ones that tasted bitter, gave me pain relief, thus had oxycodone in them. Most of them tasted like talcum powder only and were ineffective. While there was no visible difference, I figured out that the "real" ones had a slightly bigger, rounder, dome on top, while the "fake" ones were flatter & crunchier. I showed this to my pharmacy Manager. She is going to report this to Mallinckrodt tomorrow. I will notify FDA.

I know from one previous problem with Mallinckrodt oxycodone IR 30mg, that their pills are allowed to contain .15mg of Hydrocodone (Vicodin) for a total of .45mg per 30mg other meds allowed! As I said, this is only twice in 3-5 years. I also know Mallinckrodt has factories in India. The FDA is constantly writing up pharm factories in India (see FDA website). My "fake" pills could be caused by poor overseas factory practices or criminal theft of authentic shipped product & replacement with "fake" pills.

If YOU also experience this, Please don't just complain about it. Please take action and call & report it to the FDA and Mallinckrodt. Big Pharma companies, and their bad overseas factories or poor manufacturing quality control can be corrected by the FDA. See the FDA database of Pharmaceutical companies that have been issued corrective notices, whether they fixed the problem, and whether these factories were ever banned from importing drugs. Last few years, Sun Pharma had several of their factories in India written up for serious violations. I believe a couple were banned from importing.

Why I take this Med: I had 3 lumbar surgeries, and suffer from severe 24hr back pain from extensive lumbar scar tissue & nerve damage. Also have 3 Herniated Cervical discs, which also cause severe pain. Plus 3 other painful joint/ bone conditions. So for all you abusers/junkies causing the FDA to crackdown on Chronic Pain Patients & our opioid meds shame on you (eg. At FDA Request due to Opana abuse & deaths, ENDO STOPPED making Opana ER in July 2017. Last shipment to be Aug 2017. Write FDA to complain). If you've never suffered from severe chronic pain, next time you hit your funny bone nerve in your elbow, imagine if it never stopped hurting & you may have some idea how 24hr nerve pain feels...

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Sam Says:

Experienced same thing you did with Mallincrodt. I complained to Mallincrodt, and they got back to me. Most generics are made in other countries.

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Verwon Says:

We are all different, so on the opposite end of the spectrum, I've never had a problem with Mallinckrodt's products.

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

Has anyone else has problems with medications from Mallinckrodt?

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Sam Says:

Yes Verwon,
Last month my 30mg Oxycodone from Mallincrodt seemed very weak, What are your pain issues? I have Scoliosis, DDD, and cervical and spinal stenosis.

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Melissa Says:
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I actually spoke to Actavis themselves and told them that in June 2018 after taking their brand I was informed by Walgreens that they are selling Mallinckrodt only! Because corporate is saving $30 a bottle and they are making more money from our ins. Co’s I kept calling and complaining to Walgreens who didn’t care and hung up on me after complaining that their Mallinckrodt oxycodone did not work, was putting me into withdrawal and I was in so much distress This is the store on harmony Rd in Jackson NJ The pharmacist told me too bad and hung up in my face!! Mallinckrodt does not work they are different shape different color some are thicker some are whiter not blue what is in Mallinckrodt? Anything?

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etech Says:

When I had a good Job with a corporation that I won't mention, I had a great hospitalization plan which allowed me to take brand name Ambien for a very low price. When the company was bought out, my job was being eliminated because another company took over and I was replaced by the company's personnel who bought us as I expected. So that eliminated my good hospitalization and of course my job that forced me to take generic Ambien. The VERY FIRST Ambien prescription I had to receive was generic and they were extremely ineffective. I went through the bottle faster than lightning,..not that I want to abuse the doctor's recommendations. He would think i was crazy if I called for another prescription saying the generics do not work. But I knew for a fact they did not work.

When I was out of the generics, I begged my Mother for only one of her brand name Ambien as she reluctantly finally gave in to only one.
I told her it would probably not work as having going through a bottle of ineffective generics. I took it at our kitchen table thinking it would have hardly any effect if any. Little did I know I could not stay awake no matter how hard I tried at the table as she was watching me rolling my head, closing an opening my eyes etc. I finally told her I was going to sleep it off in bed. She replied, good idea. I slept for at least 8 hours on just that one brand name pill. Now I challenge anyone to tell me that generics are equal to brand name. They are trash and probably come from different countries that skimp on brand products to save a fortune. That is my story. Take it or leave it, but I know for sure. If Trump would put his efforts into that kind of issue instead of putting down BIG PHARMA witch could be, he may get a better following. As for Trump, He himself may not need meds as many of his followers don't, but my 94 yr. old Father would die if he did not get half of the meds he needs. Although Trump may be healthy now but when he gets up in age, he will realize what Big Pharma will do for him. As for Big Pharma, leave off the big and leave it as just plain pharma and run it that way.

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