Pharmacy Refuses To Stock Qualitest, Which Is The Only Kind That Works For Me

70 Replies Updated



Conversation Starter

Comments Says:


I have two medications that are made by Qualitest (which I understand both have been moved to other Pharmaceutical Co.) 1. Hydrocodone 10/325 cannot find locally in Qualitest brand so I have been prescribed Mallinckrodt. They cause my ears to ring at an extremely high level that I can't think or do anything. I am extremely nauseous constantly. This ringing in my ears is driving me crazy. No pharmacy will get the Qualitest brand. 2. Phentermine (also the same situation), no pharmacy will carry Qualitiest brand. If the drug works for said person, is still being made and the said person has legal prescription, why isn't there a way to force the pharmacy to get it? Why are we forced to purchase drugs we know won't work for us? Are there any lawyers out there that can find a way to make them get these medications for us? I have Fibromyalgia and there is very little that works for me and my system. Please help me. I am close to beating my head against the wall to stop this ringing in my ears.


Showing Replies 1 - 20 of 70 RSS Feed


Page of 4    Next Page     Sorted By:
1
Kevin Says:

Hello Comments,

I'm sorry to say that this a bitter pill a lot of people have to swallow, no pun intended. Ultimately pharmacies are businesses and with that being the case they have to make choices on which brands they choose. To make a comparison, choosing a brand of pills for a pharmacy is similar to a fast food restaurant having to choose between carrying Pepsi or Coca Cola products.

I don't mean to upset you by any means and empathize with your situation, I am simply trying to explain the reality of the situation. It just isn't financially profitable for pharmacies to stock every single brand and cater to every single individual in the same way a food establishment would not be able to cater to every customers drink request specifically.

What I can do is give you some generic tips and information that I have gathered during the time I've spent on this website from others with the same problem.

Do not focus on one pharmacy in particular, in order to get what you want you will likely need to make many phone calls to different pharmacies to find which one will be able to meet your needs. If you are comfortable with the idea, there are online pharmacies which are far more capable of meeting your specific demands because they do not need to have a brick and mortar location to sell.

Many users have told me that the smaller mom and pop shop pharmacies tend to have far better customer service and flexibility when it comes to ordering specific brands. I would start with these.

People say that patience is important but perseverance is far more important. With your quality of life being on the line, it is important that you take the initiative in ensuring that you get the brand you need.

Lastly, remember that the people behind the counters are not always the ones in power. As frustrating as the situation may be, try to remember that they are far more likely to help your situation if you are a pleasant customer. Leave the venting for after you've walked out the door of the pharmacy.

I'm sorry I don't have all the answers but this is the best I can do for you at the moment. Best of luck.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      5  
2
Comments Says:

First of all I have tried several pharmacies local to me. They promise the world until you transfer your scripts all over to them and then they fall short. Pharmacies are screwing the patients out of medication and that is the real truth. I have done this before and I guess I will have to go back to my doctor and request that I get brand name so that I can have medicine that works for me. I will have to pay more, but I refuse to pay for stuff that is supposed to be the same, but is far from it. My ears ring so badly that I want to take a hammer and beat the crap out of my head and ears. Why doesn't anyone care anymore? Why is the almighty dollar more important than getting people what they want. BTW...they tend to start you out with the lowest of the grade of generic and if you complain they bump you up, if you don't you only get a portion of the real thing. It is a sham. It is an inservice to the people and it should not be tolerated. I have called Pharmaceutical Companies before and spoken with my doctor and looks like I will have to do this again and again and again. I will also sit down and write to DEA while I am at it, cause they are causing a lot of this.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      3  
3
Master Plumber Says:
via mobile

Focus on a small mom-and-pop pharmacy, they are your best chance bringing in what you want. But be prepared to pay more as it may cost them more.

But your post displays a “the world revolves around me and everyone should cater to me” attitude.

Use some common sense and understand that that obviously they are not in business to give you the burger anyway you want it. They have 1000 customers a week and they probably carry three different brands of each med. If they had the cater to every single customer they would need a warehouse to stock pills.

You’re not being reasonable or understanding to think that the pharmacy is some kind of a custom shop there to give you what you want.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      6  
4
Mark Says:
via mobile

Master Plumber (# 3) --

You're absolutely correct!
Where I live my mom & pop pharmacy will order what ever brand I request if it's available to order. Sometimes the supply of better quality generics is low due to the fact they work better and the independent pharmacies across the country are the ones snapping them up for their customers.

The big chain pharmacies these days seem to go out of their way to carry the most ineffective narcotic generics they can find. They don't want your business because to them you're just a lowlife drug seeker!

I've been using my mom & pop pharmacy for over 20 years. Ever since a Walgreens treated me poorly and wouldn't order a brand that I was getting there for years! This type of pharmacy behavior started many years ago!

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      7  
5
tim111 Says:

Hey Comments, I had the same issue with mallinecroft meds they are the best for what I have & things have gone well for years untill last month when they ran out of that brand & I got something from India, Man they did not work and gave me gut issues My Pharmacist told me they have a contract with a dist. and once they meet there number tough luck. BUT I have the last great pharmacist in America he called around and so did i, and was able to secure at least a months supply for me. Thank our Lord I will be able to live this month. The fact is the pharmacy don't have to fill anything! If they don;t like the way you walk they can tell you " we don't have that BYE!" When you call a pharmacy and ask for a certain controlled drug THEY WILL LIE TO YOU unless they know you. Its like your calling to make sure they have what you want to come and steal from them. Many will just say NO! or they will run you thru the PMS. Best luck go to a Mom & Pop local and get a relationship with them, even if it costs a bit more you know its worth it to know you will be able to live some type of life. God Bless

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      5  
6
Kevin Says:

Wow! Thank you everyone for coming forward and sharing your experience. It really sounds like mom and pop shops are the way to go with faced with this issue.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      3  
7
Carol Says:

It's not the Pharmacy, it's the Drug Wholesalers. The pharmacists are upset also because their Corporate Office is buying the cheapest drug made.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      3  
8
peter Says:
via mobile

Do you know were i can get this medication?? As it us the only medication that helps my anxiety.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  

9
Boops Says:
via mobile

Par took over Qualitest, works better than Mallinckrodt.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      4  
10
joseph Says:

You need to get the code from the pill, most of the meds are distributed but are actually made by companies from around the world and repackaged by numerous companies in the US

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  
11
Michael Says:

I tried using the HYDROCODONE manufactured by MALLINCKRODT sold by Wal-Mart. This does NOT work for me. They quit using the Rx coupons making it harder to get. I do not understand that part. Walgreens carries the HYDROCODONE 10/325 manufactured by WATSON. That at least gives me some kind of quality of life.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      4  
12
joseph Says:

What are the codes stamped on the pill you need? Insurance companies are hindering many meds being carried by wholesalers, Express Scripts is causing many problems. Many insurance companies have made deals with pharmacies and no matter what pharmacies you use they charge the same price. I stop telling pharmacies i have insurance and asked for the best cash price and found i could get my meds far cheaper than the copay i was paying. The system is rigged. If you live close to the Canadian border i found i could get my meds legally for pennies on the dollar compared to the US. People in the US are getting ripped off by big business.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  
13
ThunderHeart Says:
via mobile

I am so sorry. I know! Ive been through it too!! We all need to get together and get an attorney to help us!! These drugs we are getting from chain pharmacies are pure garbage!! I HATE GENERICS!! What ingredients are we being poisoned with!? There is a war on chronic pain patients because of those people that think its ok to "party" with them!! My meds that have worked the same for years are now INEFFECTIVE!!! WHY!!!??? Its NOT because of tolerance like they are trying to get us to believe. It's BECAUSE THE MEDICINE NOW IS S***!!!
They are taking out more of the pain relieving ingredient, antianxiety and antidepressants and replacing it with s***!! I'm so sick of this!!!

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  
14
Justhuman Says:
via mobile

Master Plumber (# 3) --

I love that you have said what a lot of people think but won't say. You nailed it. The more i read through this site the more i get the seeker image though not everyone sounds like it.

People fail to see that getting medication is a privilege not a right. No doctor or pharmacist has to give you anything. Be grateful your doctor isn't one that has cut you off completely with no warning or weaning like a big majority has and aren't suffering like the millions are or have. I feel like there are other underlying issues to some besides just a medication generic/brand switch. Our bodies change so our needs and wants change.

Google ringing in the ears. Google anything really and you'd be surprised.

I don't mean to sound like im attacking anyone. Just my opinion and everyone has one. That said, dig deeper and be surprised at the similarities and differences when it comes to medications, coincidences and side effects.
EXAMPLE: I just started a medication that i took 5 yrs ago. I haven't needed it. Recently needed it again. When i took it my cheek and jaw swelled up. First thought was i was allergic and it was the medication. Then i thought but I've taken it before with no problem for 7 yrs prior to the 5 without. There wasn't no other report of that happening to anyone else. Well it turns out it was coincidence because i had a wisdom tooth grow into my jaw bone over night. That hair of growth caused the swelling and pain. Point is that i thought it was the medication and it wasn't.

But you do have the option to report that side effect to the manufacturer so it is on record just in case it isn't just coincidence. Not all side effects are reported and patients just switch medications. So ringing in the ears may be have happened to others and they just didnt say so there's no record. Plus a lot of our side effects or reactions are mind fed. Just in our heads. Hard to believe but true. EXAMPLE: You read headache as a side effect and boom you have headache. You read insomnia is a side effect and boom you cant sleep. Point is a lot of things are in our head so they happen physically. Not saying all are though so please don't think i am saying yours is.
With that said, I hope you find your answers soon and that you find relief in your symptoms asap!?

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  
15
ThunderHeart Says:
via mobile

Comments (# 2) --

You are so right! Are there test kits we can get to test the efficacy of the generics that are being forced on us? Can we find an attorney that will take on this corrupt system? The medicine these days is crap!!

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      0  
16
suzan Says:

Sorry to hear about your experience. Chain pharmacies usually can't control what brands they get, and lawyers aren't interested unless an injury or life-threatening side effect occurs. The FDA encourages people to report side effects so that substandard drugs can be identified.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      2  
17
tim111 Says:

I do not think any lawyer would touch this in our life time the drug industry is BIG business BIG money and no lawyer would could afford to do it. I looked up Aurobindo pharmaceuticals ans found many pages of where they were fined for cutting the actives in the med I was taking. I did this after a few days of taking that med because it was not working. Since it was a controlled drug I could do nothing but suffer untill refill time. I went to my doctor with 10 pages of where Aurobindo was cutting the actives. He didn't even bother to he he simply said they are "allowed" to short by 20% Thats a whole lot of cutting. No wonder they are made in India.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      2  
18
Karen Says:

Michael (# 11) --

glad the pills you get from Walgreen's helps you I get mine from walgreen's also and they are like taking nothing the pill says Watson on but Watson is no longer Actavis took it over and the pills are horrible they don't work but if they work for you good luck to you

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      0  
19
ThunderHeart Says:
via mobile

Karen (# 18) --

I picked up my latest refill from Walgreens last week. I noticed the Watson pills are smaller, they dont work on the pain. They only make me tired. Dammit!! What is going on!!?? Its obvious they have changed the pain medicine even more to make it less effective!! This newer pill makes me tired, dizzy, stomach feels like its on fire. My pain is not relieved. What the hell is going on!!??

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      2  
20
Carol Says:

Kevin (# 6) --

I've been with Independent Pharmacies. If the Drug Wholesaler is now not buying the drug you were on, the Independent Pharmacy can no longer get it for you. Trust me, this happened to me on 2 different drugs. The Pharma is still making it, the drug wholesalers are no longer buying because they can get something else cheaper.

REPLYSHAREREPORT
Was this helpful?      1  


Viewing page 1 of 4     Reply

Next Page >


More Discussions:

Pharmacy refuses to fill, wants to keep med in stock
My pain doc recently increased my hydrocodone by an extra pill per day. When I went to get this filled on my usual refil... 7 replies
where do I find help for pain medication that works like oxycodone seems to be the only relief but don t want to sound like a drug addict but I ran
My name is Kendra. I am a 25yr old single mother. I have been suffering from chronic back pain from the age of 17yrs old... 10 replies
Help PLEASE.. Can't find Pharmacy near Cape Coral/Fort Myers area that has Oxycofone 15mg or Morphine SulfateER IN STOCK...!
Help PLEASE.. Can't find Pharmacy near Cape Coral/Fort Myers area that has Oxycofone 15mg or Morphine SulfateER IN S... 6 replies
in fort lauderdale need to fill oxicdone which pharmacy carries them
I have been taking oxycodone for nerve damage due to surviving a terrible case of West Nile Virus. I had encephalitis an... 2 replies
my insurance co refuses to pay for subutex though my Dr has complied 100% with the requirements prove that i meet all criteria
I am an addict who has successfully utilized Suboxone & Subutex as a means to keep a handle on my addiction. Medicar... 4 replies
is a customer able to request week in advance for the pharmacy of their choice actually have specific manufacture deliver refi
is a customer able to request week in advance for the pharmacy of their choice actually have specific manufacture delive... 2 replies
iwould like to know whther metrogyl gel plus can be used for gum problems as it is meant external use only kindly advise
I undergone root canal treatment and was fitted with metallic cap for L7 and L5 with one metallic tooth for L6 a 3 in 1 ...
Looking for a Pharmacy in Lexington, Ky that has the yellow norco 10/325
For years I have gotten the yellow Norco 10's for chronic back pain. They helped so much and made my day to day acti... 2 replies
has any-one ever heard of that place in fort-wayne,indiana;,i think,but the pharmacy@dr's office is all in one building;
anyway;this place supposably,gives out methadone 10mgs;but they are in a green@black capsule;its a compound form i guess... 2 replies
what pharmacy qualitest norco in the grapevine tx 76051 area
I have been taking Norco for pain management & I cant find any pharmacies in the Grapevine, TX 76051 area to get the... 5 replies


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 14 September 2018.

We are committed to your privacy.

Copyright © 2005-2018 All Rights Reserved. MedsChat® is a registered trademark of Limelight Innovations L.L.C. 501 S. Cherry St, Suite 1100, Denver, CO, 80246, USA