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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:29 pm 
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Just got word of this today. A customer of my local pharmacy and Sub/methadone dispensary works for the department of health. She told my pharmacist that Suboxone tablets will be discontinued in Australia at the end of 2012, and everyone still taking the tablets will be shifted over.

Now I'm a bit cranky, not just because I'm all for choice. Though it is ironic that Sub is marketed here with a campaign titled "your treatment, your choice"... yet they're robbing their clients of choice just to improve their $ flow. ( My treatment My choice )

According to my doctor, only two patients of his chose to remain on the film. Every single other patient gave it a try, and asked to go back on the tablets. And like me, they didn't enjoy their experience. He said he talked to RB about how few patients like the film, and that they'd taken his advice on board. (He said this looking a bit chuffed like he was proud to have a line of influence... yer right).

I just fail to see how a company can get away with this kind of thing. I HIGHLY doubt a pharma co would be able to pull it off for a cancer medication, or a diabetes medication. The film literally has no advantages over the tablet, and could even be more harmful as the naloxone degrades more easily into toxic byproducts. Yet I see literally NOBODY (apart from Dr. J) in the medical community kicking up a fuss about these cynical maneuvers by RB. It's as if RB KNOW their customers are addicts, and they know nobody will believe our word. They've falsely advised the doctors and the bureaucracy that the film is harder to divert, thus making any patient who prefers the tablet to be viewed suspiciously by some medical professionals. After all, whose claims are they going to believe? The claims of an established multinational, or that of an addict?

It's fucking bullshit.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:33 pm 
tearj3rker wrote:
Just got word of this today. A customer of my local pharmacy and Sub/methadone dispensary works for the department of health. She told my pharmacist that Suboxone tablets will be discontinued in Australia at the end of 2012, and everyone still taking the film will be shifted over.

Now I'm a bit cranky, not just because I'm all for choice. Though it is ironic that Sub is marketed here with a campaign titled "your treatment, your choice"... yet they're robbing their clients of choice just to improve their $ flow. ( My treatment My choice )

According to my doctor, only two patients of his chose to remain on the film. Every single other patient gave it a try, and asked to go back on the tablets. And like me, they didn't enjoy their experience. He said he talked to RB about how few patients like the film, and that they'd taken his advice on board. (He said this looking a bit chuffed like he was proud to have a line of influence... yer right).

I just fail to see how a company can get away with this kind of thing. I HIGHLY doubt a pharma co would be able to pull it off for a cancer medication, or a diabetes medication. The film literally has no advantages over the tablet, and could even be more harmful as the naloxone degrades more easily into toxic byproducts. Yet I see literally NOBODY (apart from Dr. J) in the medical community kicking up a fuss about these cynical maneuvers by RB. It's as if RB KNOW their customers are addicts, and they know nobody will believe our word. They've falsely advised the doctors and the bureaucracy that the film is harder to divert, thus making any patient who prefers the tablet to be viewed suspiciously by some medical professionals. After all, whose claims are they going to believe? The claims of an established multinational, or that of an addict?

It's fucking bullshit.


Whoa, that is messed up!!! They will still have generic Subutex over there though, right?


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