Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
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Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
Generic Name: OXYCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (OX-i-KOE-done/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Oxycodone-Acetaminophen Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to help relieve
moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (oxycodone) and a
non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Oxycodone works in the brain to
change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce
How To Use Oxycodone-Acetaminophen Oral
See also Warning section.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to
take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to
decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head
movement as possible).
If you are using a liquid form of this medication, use a
medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not
use a ho...
Alternative Names Overdose - hydrocodone; Overdose - oxycodone; Vicodin overdose; Percocet overdose; Percodan overdose; MSContin overdose; OxyContin overdose Before Calling Emergency Determine the following information: The patient's age, weight, and condition Name of product (as well as the ingredients and strength if known) The time it was swallowed The amount swallowed If the medication was prescribed for the patient Poison Control, or a local emergency number The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Take the container with you to...
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