I have used the same CVS drug store here in S.C. for a good 12 years now, and have never heard of any shortages on the pain meds you mentioned. Perhaps its a region by region thing. I agree with another poster above, that it pays to have a good long term relationship with the same drug store. The staff where I go know me by face and name, and it helps. Plus they have had good communications with my oncologist, and he makes sure that they have what I need, when I need it. I know not everyone is that fortunate.
But even at my drugstore, the pharmacist told me, they are on constant alert for the drug-shoppers and the drug seekers, its a problem in all 50 states. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to the problem and it just makes it more difficult for those in serious need with true chronic pain.
david in s.c.
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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