NUBAIN SHORTAGE

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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 6/9/2012 3:51 AM (GMT -7)   
HEY GANG,
 
Just thought I'd do a quick check to see if anyone else has the occasion to need NUBAIN injections?  I generally need as 15mg. shot (w/ 50 mg. of Phenergan) about once a week to manage my more severe migraine headaches.  In my neck of the woods (Central Virginia), NUBAIN has become quite a scarce commodity.  My Primary Care Physician(PCP)'s office is totally out, as are all the affiliated walk-in clinics in the area.  The medication is a medium semi-synthetic opioid widely used for a variety of immediate pain issues.  It is less potent than Morphine, and is commonly used for the treatment of migraine headaches, if a narcotic treatment is acceptable to the prescribing physician.  Unfortunately, the number of manufacturers of Nubain has decreased to a single company, which is apparently encountering a backlog.  Thus, since there won't be any new shipments available until JULY(!!!), I'm pretty much screwed when I need an injection. 
 
My PCP's office does have Demerol, which will do for a substitute for Nubain in a pinch.  However, calling and getting an appointment is bad enough for a regular problem, but trying to get worked in for an emergency injection in a timely fashion is becoming increasingly difficult.  It's a crap shoot, depending on which member of the office staff I get on the phone when I call, and whether they are willing to listen to me long enough to fully understand my situation and work with me to get in to see my PCP or one of the other physicians in his office.  All this headache over a headache...and a stupid drug company that can't keep a proprietary product in stock.  It seems to me that if a company has a "corner" on the market, it behooves them to keep their manufacturing standards up so that the product at least stays available to the general medical population.  But maybe that's just me...
 
Comments?
 
Leigh Ann cool

•On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems
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lastchancepawn
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   Posted 1/8/2013 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
If you contact a sterile compounding pharmacy, ask do they do sterile for sure. They can order the raw powder and once they get it can compound. In my state the doctor has to ok compounding since they are not manufacturers.

rocckyd
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   Posted 1/10/2013 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
No advice on the medication, but where in VA do you live? I'm over in Roanoke/Salem.
I see that you have TMJ problems. I had both sides of my TMJs replaced due to the bones fusing together. My surgeon teaches at MCV and his offices are in Midlothian. Love him:)
Single mom to my little man (9yrs old)
36yrs old. JRA since a kid. Chronic Uveitis, pleurisy, pericarditis, intersticial lung disease, sjorgrens syndrome, Cushing's Syndrome, gastroparisis
Bilateral TMJ replacements due to bone fusion, port-a-cath, NJ tube

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 1/10/2013 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Just FYI but this thread was started by Cranky/Leigh Ann back in June of last year:)
SB (Snowbunny) and the pup that snores (my yellow lab:))

3, two-level, cervical fusions over the past 11 years. The last one was anterior and posterior with lots of fun titanium!
Still have active herniations along with knee problems and another Morton's neuroma in left foot.
I try to find joy in each day even with chronic pain:)

rocckyd
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   Posted 1/10/2013 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Argh-it would help if I checked the date:)
Single mom to my little man (9yrs old)
36yrs old. JRA since a kid. Chronic Uveitis, pleurisy, pericarditis, intersticial lung disease, sjorgrens syndrome, Cushing's Syndrome, gastroparisis
Bilateral TMJ replacements due to bone fusion, port-a-cath, NJ tube

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 1/10/2013 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL...happens to the best of us;)
SB (Snowbunny) and the pup that snores (my yellow lab:))

3, two-level, cervical fusions over the past 11 years. The last one was anterior and posterior with lots of fun titanium!
Still have active herniations along with knee problems and another Morton's neuroma in left foot.
I try to find joy in each day even with chronic pain:)
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