Caraco Pharmaceuticals (subsidiary of Sun Pharma) has had a long history of FDA violations: inconsistent potency, poor quality control of base ingredients, etc.. (google "caraco violations")
Due to these violations, the FDA shut down their Michigan plants for about
3 years. Only in late 2012 did they pass inspection (for two specific non-opioid drugs), and I presume began manufacturing oxycodone again a few months later.
Well, it has been a terrible month for me -- my worst ever. This was very likely due to other factors (stopping tramadol, starting cymbalta), but I have been concerned about
my BT meds. I had assumed that my baseline pain was why they weren't helping as much. Today, though, I happened to use an oxycodone that was in my briefcase (something I put in there months ago)... and WOW. It made far more of a difference than the Caraco crap.
Thus, let me encourage all of you to look at your pills and see if they are made by Caraco (the 5mg is tiny, white and round with "223" on it). If you don't have the bottle, you can use an imprint search such as:www.webmd.com/pill-identification/default.htm
If anyone else has noticed a lack of efficacy with these Caraco "223" oxycodones, please let me know -- as I'm not sure if it is a fluke, due to my other med changes, or if the company still isn't making reliable meds.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Cymbalta 30mg (waiting for it to kick in), Oxycodone 5-7.5mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray