Here is a blurb from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists website:
Oxycodone Extended-Release Tablets
06 February 2009
Products Affected - Descript
Oxycodone Extended-Release Tablets, Mallinckrodt
10 mg, bottles of 100 (NDC 00406-0593-01)
20 mg, bottles of 100 (NDC 00406-0594-01)
40 mg, bottles of 100 (NDC 00406-0595-01)
80 mg, bottles of 100 (NDC 00406-0596-01)
Reason for the Shortage
* Dava discontinued their oxycodone extended-release tablets in mid-June, 2007 per an agreement with Purdue to stop selling product after this time.
* Endo discontinued their oxycodone extended-release tablets at the end of December, 2006. http://www.pharma.com/pressroom/news/20060828-1.htm
* Watson discontinued their oxycodone extended-release tablets March 1, 2007. The company would not provide a reason for the discontinuation.
* Teva discontinued their oxycodone extended-release tablets on January 28, 2008.
* Mallinckrodt has their product on back order and could not provide a reason for the shortage.
Estimated Resupply Dates
* Oxycontin extended-release tablets are available from Purdue in 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg strengths.
* Mallinckrodt has all presentations of their oxycodone extended-release tablets on back order. The company estimates a release date for the 40 mg tablets of early-March, 2009. The company estimates a release date for the 20 mg and 80 mg tablets of mid-February, 2009. The 10 mg tablets are on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.
47 YO Male, chronic back pain. Herniated disc L5/S1 2003. Discectomy with partial laminectomy 2004. Now told I have Failed Back Syndrome with discogenic pain.
Oxycontin 40mg every 8 hours, Norco 10mg every 4 hours as needed, Celebrex 200 mg twice a day.
Pain level varies from disturbing to nearly intolerable.