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Pain Management board

I'm not completely sure what's going on, but there seems to be an availability issue across the board with the gel filled patches. Long story short.....

The 25s were re-called around March. The re-call effected Duragesic and Sandoz....Janssen makes them both. Lots of patients were then switched to either (2) 12.5s or Mylan. Because the market suddenly lost a major producer of the patch, it put a lot of strain on the other skus. The 12.5s were wiped out and other brands became short as well.

Docs also bumped patients up to 50s....They are also sporadic in the supply line.

My pharmacist has said there have been pocket lapses of 75s and 100s....Not sure why. The conspiracy theory in me says there is some problem and the company isn't regularly producing them.....I could be wrong...But, not sure.

What I do know is that there seems to be regular availability issues...Not just with the pharmacies, but also the suppliers. I've done extensive research....Talking to different pharmacies/pharmacists and patching (no pun intended) all the info together, and I don't have a good feeling about it all.

Combine all the above with the heat of summer, and I'm going to go in a different direction until Fall. It's quite possible that my new regimen works well and may never switch back. But, if not, then I will be looking to go back to the patch.

Hope this hasn't bored you.