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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:56 pm 
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Yes there is generic subutex or buprenorphine. I have(or i should say HAD) been getting it at Costco pharmacy for several months. It may have been available as long ago as Oct. 2009, but I didn't know about it. BUT the last time i went for a refill, the first part of March, they were only able to give me 1/2 of my RX. they said it was on back order till the end of march. Then it went to the first of April, Now the end of April. It is only being manufactured by ONE drug company right now. It is Roxane Laboratories Inc. I called their customer service line and was told only that they were having production difficulties. They said it would be available the middle of April. when I called them today 04/14/2010, they said the end of April. My son is a physicians assistant dealing in neuropsychiatry, and he said that when a drug goes generic, it is usually only manufactured by one company for 6 months or so, and then others join in. I'm curious what these "production difficulties" are. With Suboxone manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser due to lose thousands of customers when this generic buprenorphine is available, I'm wondering if there isn't some pressure being put on generic producers to slow Reckitt's loss of profits. I had been on Suboxne for a little over a year, when I switched to the generic bupe. It works great. I like it better in fact, because it dissolves a bit slower and cuts up better into smaller pieces. I was paying about $260 for 60 2mg. suboxone at Costco. The generic buprenorphine cost about $150 for the generic subutex 60 2 mg. tablets. With no insurance, that is a big help for me. SAD that the production has halted. Hopefully some other drug manufacturer will start production soon, so we won't be left paying the HIGH prices of Suboxone forever. Also, it is hard to get some DRS. to switched to subutex, as it does not have the naloxone (sp?) in it that Suboxone does, and can be misused easier. Mine only did it because he knew of my financial difficulties and lack of insurance. Hope this bit of info helps. I have been looking all over the web this morning for any updates or clues as to what the slow up of the production of generic subutex is and can't find anything, so I called Roxane and got that update. Anyone else have any other info???? I posted this so hopefully others who are looking for info can find something.


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I had my appointment today and usually get 112 2mg subutex for the month. I called 6 pharmacies this morning and no one had them in stock. But the 24 hr. CVS had the 8mg in stock. I told my doc and he changed it to 8mg tablets. It was the same price with my insurance. The doc told me the same thing that 2mg sub was hard to find right now but the 8mg's are available. I had to buy a pill cutter today but worth it.......hope that helps.


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Thanks for that info. I'm really hoping that by the next time I need a fill, the generic will be up and going again. I'm hoping that the backorder deadline doesn't keep getting pushed further into the future as it has for a month now. Sure wish I knew what the "production issues" are at the drug manufacturer. And what is the hold up on letting other drug companies make it if they are having problems? Just seems like everything is tied to profits these days.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:23 pm 
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"I'm wondering if there isn't some pressure being put on generic producers to slow Reckitt's loss of profits."

I'm just curious, BJ. Who is it that you think might be putting pressure on generic producers to not produce a product? Who would or even could do this? I know that people don't seem to trust drug companies and clearly, more and more people every day do not trust our government (and with very good reason), but I don't think there is any conspiracy at work here. I have no doubt that any company with approval to manufacture generic Subutex will be doing anything that they can in order to get their product to market. Reckitt may not want this to happen, but that's just the nature of the pharmaceutical business. The last thing any of these companies wants to do is release a product that may cause problems or bring the wrath of the FDA down on them. I'm sure they are working as hard as they can to get whatever manufacturing problems fixed so they can get back to producing generic Subutex and ramping up their sales. I seriously doubt there is anything else sinister going on behind the scenes here. These types of things happen all of the time in the pharmaceutical industry - especially with new releases.

At least there is a generic of Subutex available - or again soon to be available. What we really need is a drug company to release a generic form of Suboxone. Hopefully there is at least one if not two or three companies working on it right now.


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BJ, if you are interested I could give you some info on the Patient Assistance program (Free Suboxone!) that is sponsored by reckitt benckiser. I know what it feels like not to have insurance and pay the high costs of Suboxone. I am prescribed 60 8MG Subs a month and I was paying a little north of 400 dollars a month for this. I now just go to my doctor appointment every month like usual and at the end of the appointment he gives me my months supply. Saves me a lot of money and time.

If you are interested shoot me a private message and I could give you some info on this great program.


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