Pharmacies Won't Refill My Ketoprofen

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cricket Says:


anyone else having this problem? I looked on the internet and can't see that it's been banned.



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Cricket! How are you?

What reason are they giving you for not filling it?

Ketoprofen is classified by the FDA as being a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that's used to treat pain, fever and swelling. Its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, headache, increased risk of bleeding and stomach irritation.



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Seercat Says:

Hi. Yeah, I've had the same problem. My pharmacy says that their suppliers can't get ketoprofen. The Pharmacist can't get any answers as to why ketoprofen isn't available either. I am allergic to opiates, and other NSAIDs I've tried don't work anywhere as effectively as ketoprofen. So, this is a real problem for me.

I would really appreciate any information as to what is going on. Thanks.

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Pissed Off Says:

I have been trying to find out the same thing. I can't live without it. I have called everyone but nobody seems to know what the problem is. Teva keeps lying to me and saying just a few more weeks but then never delivers. I just called again this morning and got the same answer. They must be planning on not making it anymore and for some stupid reason won't even tell you that.

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Pissed Off Says:

Good news - I finally got the right person on the phone at Teva and they did some checking for me and to make a long story short, Ketoprofen will be released at the end of July.

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Pissed Off Says:

I finally got through to a good person at Teva. (the company that makes ketoprofen). They have fixed the problem and it will be back on the market at the end of July.

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Sylvie Says:
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It still doesn't seem like it's back on the market yet. I had seen earlier that they had a recall because of penicillin being mixed with it. I am really hurting today and nothing works like it did.

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Still pissed Off Says:

They told me it was going back on the market at the end of July so I called and now they are saying the same BULLS*** they were saying before. (they don't know when it will be released).

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KarenK Says:

I have exactly the same problem. Congenital hip dysplasia now 63 years later I would like to avoid hip replacement. This helps me get through everyday efforts. We need this.

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KarenK Says:

I found some by contacting all of the independent pharmacies in the Houston area. One had 75 mg caps (27 miles away) and one was a compounding pharmacy near my home who can make up any dosage. I was betting on at least one compounding pharmacy having it. Only a temporary fix (so to speak) but I'll take it.

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Still pissed Off Says:

Can I get the phone # to the pharmacy that made it for you? Maybe I could do a mail order.

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KarenK Says:

Also check for a compounding pharmacy in your area.

Doyle’s Pharmacy
2425 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-526-1771
Fax: 713-526-1775
Email:

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KarenK Says:

I tried to reply but I guess they can't know that I am not shilling for some pharmacy. The info wasn't posted. I think I can suggest that you try a compounding pharmacy in your area. Also independent pharmacies might have some stock as was the case in an upper middle class suburb here in Houston. Just put your home address into Goggle maps, do "search nearby" and enter "compounding pharmacy". Good luck

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rustyAnne Says:

Yes, I live in Rhode Island and can't get it either. CVS Pharmacy said it's not being made anymore

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Sylvie Says:
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I sent an email to Teva, the leading generic maker of Ketoprofen, a couple of days ago about Ketoprofen not being available. Their response was "it should be available in 6 weeks or that could change". They gave me this phone number and email address to contact them in the future. It is 1-800-545-8800 option 3 option 5. The email address is

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Still pissed Off Says:

They have been telling me that for the last 4 months.

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Sylvie Says:
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Yes I knew you had mentioned that you've been calling them. I just wanted to give out the phone number and email address that they had responded with, so others could call and email them too.

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BarbaraJ Says:
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Hi fellow ketoprofen users. I was told at my Target pharmacy that ketoprofen 50mg, 75mg and 100mg were all "out of stock" at 3 different generic manufacturers. My pharmacist was told that all strengths have been on back order, with a potential date of June 2015 as a release date. This is when previous back orders would be filled first, before any new orders can or will be filled. As with any pharmaceutical product, if the expense is greater than the return, no matter how great the product, manufacturing lines will be stopped and switched to a more profitable drug. As was the case with Wyeth and Orudis KT, the OTC brand name of ketoprofen. The potential cost of litigation for a NSAID outweighed the potential return of investment for a brand that has a small patient/user population. The company knew that the product has a great, safe profile, and that many patients can only use this product for pain relief. But, the cost of making it is more than the return. So, that product is now off the market. If this is what is now happening to the generic prescription strengths, then we are all going to have to look for alternate medications. If anyone else knows why there is a back order and how long before it is resolved, please let us know. If all manufactures have stopped making this product, please let us know this information also, as I will then speak with my doctor about other low cost options for my arthritis pain management. Thank you.

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Still pissed Off Says:

Ketoprofen back on the market. Got my filled last week. Walmart will not get it but I got a local pharmacy to order it for me. It costs much more than it used to but am just glad to get it back. Teva is the only one making it.

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Ketoprofen works Says:

What pharmacy and in what state? I have tried several different ones in the Los Angeles, California area and am unable to locate ketoprofen at any strength. However this was before your report of having your's refilled.

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Sylvia Says:

I live in Florida. Call a small pharmacy to fill it for you. CVS and Walmart wouldn't get It for me but Teva is making it.

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