You may have heard rumors that there is a shortage of the opioid pain reliever oxycodone . Or you may have tried to fill your oxycodone prescription only to be told that your pharmacy doesn't have any and doesn't know when they will be getting more. There have been at least two significant recalls of instant release oxycodone in the past few months and the two drug manufacturers involved have completely stopped production of it (as well as a number of other medications) due to quality control issues. Because of its abuse potential, oxycodone is highly regulated and the government only allows each manufacturer to make a specified amount each year. Therefore, other manufacturers cannot just increase their production to make up for the two companies who have stopped production. The shortage seems to affect some parts of the country worse than others, but as the shortage continues the number of areas affected are growing. It largely depends on which manufactur...
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.
Here's the Story...
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 CONCENTRATE SOLUTION - ORAL Pronounced: (OX-i-KOE-done) Oxycodone Oral Uses
This medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe
pain. Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotic (opiate)
analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to
How To Use Oxycodone Oral
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).
Use the provided medicine dropper to carefully measure the
dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Do
not confuse the dose in milligrams (mg) with the dose in milliliters (mL). You
may mix the dose with a small amount of juice, water, applesauce or pudding.
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