Has Donnatal (generic) been discontinued?

Are you having problems getting generic Donnatal filled?
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JasonCPhT
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   Posted 12/8/2012 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried to get a refill on my generic Donnatal (Belladonna Alkaloids with Phenobarbital) and the pharmacy said that it is no longer available.  The manufacturer has stopped making it.  :(
 
Has anyone else been told this?
 
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cindywchrones
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   Posted 12/8/2012 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Donnatal (Belladonna Alkaloids with Phenobarbital) This was a great spasmodic when I really needed it..I thought about asking for it again..I would be disappointed f I couldn't get it!
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Crohn'snme
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   Posted 12/9/2012 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I would look up the Drug Manufacturer Drug site and see

JasonCPhT
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   Posted 12/9/2012 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
It is not listed on the FDA drug shortages list, but then it was never approved by the FDA so it may not show up on their list.
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prof
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   Posted 12/11/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got my refilled on Thursday.  I never leave home without it.  Call your pharmacy back and have them check.

aussiemama67
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   Posted 3/13/2013 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had trouble getting belladonna the last few months, and it is GONE- yes, they stopped making the generic. And of course, itit'she only thing that saves me from attacks- I work on a boat and drive ~500 mi a week. UGH. Now I can only get pricey donnatal... that I can not afford..
Looking and hoping to find it at an online pharmacy? If anyone has any luck with that, please post, and I will do the same. Thanks

aussiemama67
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   Posted 3/13/2013 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
JasonCPhT said...
I tried to get a refill on my generic Donnatal (Belladonna Alkaloids with Phenobarbital) and the pharmacy said that it is no longer available. The manufacturer has stopped making it. :(
Has anyone else been told this?


Yes. No more generic, and the donnatal is expensive. Such a bummer..... shakehead

nmdflowers
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   Posted 3/14/2013 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
PBM who makes the name brand Donnatal is still making the pill and elixir but are having a hard time getting supplies from their manufacturer. This is why your getting the responses from the pharmacies. The generic form made by Westward Pharmaceuticals is still being manufactured and I found it at CVS. The name brand will be available but they don't know when. I personally called both pharmaceutical companies within the past hour. My Dr is just putting me on this drug for the first time and I have Celiac Disease so I needed to make sure it is gluten free. I am very thorough with my research...if you want the Donnatal you can ask your pharmacy to order from Westward or call around to different pharmacies. I hope this helps everyone.

aussiemama67
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   Posted 3/14/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi- I just saw your post flowers, and appreciate the info. I immediately called my pharmacy, and West-Ward was their supplier, and when the pharmacist looked it up, they are still no longer manufacturing it.

I am curious as to how you found out they are still making the generic donnatal, since he can not find it, nor is it listed on their website.

My pharmacist did tell me that the brand name jacked the price up when the generic stopped being manufactured. Another reason I do not want to pay their exorbitant price..... But it is the only thing that works for me.
shakehead

Thanks for any information anyone has- I am also going to call West-Ward, will post if I am able to find any clues! yeah

nmdflowers
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   Posted 3/14/2013 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I called Westward directly 800-858-4006 and spoke with Monica. At no time did she say its discontinued and its listed on their web site. As I mentioned CVS is carrying it. I hope this helps you. PlEase let me know how you make out.

aussiemama67
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   Posted 3/14/2013 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! Maybe I just looked in the wrong place- planning to call tomorrow. Thanks again!!!!

nmdflowers
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   Posted 3/14/2013 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
No problem. I just picked up my script at the pharmacy about an hour ago and I asked the pharmacist if it was a difficult drug to keep in stock or if he heard about it being discontinued. He told me exactly what I found out. The name brand is on back order a few months but the generic by westward he's had no problem getting and hasn't been informed otherwise. Good luck and let me know how you make out.

Linda902
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   Posted 3/23/2013 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I had taken Donnatol as a child because of severe cramping due to a sensitive stomach. about 5 years ago, I started back on Donnatal & it was in a generic form. Last week, I needed a refilled & CVS told me they have discontinued it in generic form. Now, it will cost me $69.00 instead of $10.00. They just decided to take it off the market, for no reason. Probably they weren't making any money as a generic & decided to stop making it. They don't even think about the people that are on social security or disable & can't afford the the brand name. They should be ashamed of themselves of thinking about there profit line & not about the ones that need this medication!

JLHIGHSMITH
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   Posted 4/8/2013 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
West-Ward, the producer of generic Donnatal, quit making the product because of production problems which lead to FDA warnings.

This link,

http://www.fiercepharmamanufacturing.com/story/hikma-temporarily-closing-west-ward-plant-fix-new-issues/2012-11-20

will give you the low-down on generic donnatal.

Some additional information is found at

http://www.cardinal.com/mps/wcm/connect/2174ca004d85e3ceb2c5b793fd1273c2/WestWardEatontown2.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&lmod=523207237&CACHEid=2174ca004d85e3ceb2c5b793fd1273c2&lmod=523207237&CACHEid=2174ca004d85e3ceb2c5b793fd1273c2

There has been no indication that West-Ward has restarted production of donnatal generic.

I checked with CVS and it is not available there nor has Cardinal Health indicated they have a supply.

mwilson17
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   Posted 6/26/2013 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I just went to cvs last night to get my script filled for the generic. The pharmacist said the generic is no longer being made but the brand name is available and would cost $40 with my insurance. I told him to fill 'er up!!

junerose621
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   Posted 6/22/2014 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Generic Donnatal, the only thing that works for me with the severe cramping I get from IBS, is now available ONLY in trade form. There is NO generic available. I just paid $50 for 20 pills. There must be a substitute with the same ingredients that is available in generic (I pay only $7 for generic). The pharmacist told me the manufacturer of Donnatal is no longer making it in generic form.

junerose621
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   Posted 6/22/2014 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
If anyone knows of a medication that has the same or very similar ingredients to Donnatal, and is available in generic, please let me know. I have suffered from IBS for most of my life.
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