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Mon Jul 20, 2020, 12:41 PM

Has Florida Run Out Of Certain Types Of Meds?

I was on a Facebook group and someone posted: Hey ladies I could use some prayers for my godmother. She is in the hospital with covid and double pneumonia, and FL has tan (sic) out of meds.

With FL numbers going up, I assume it would be common sense they have run out of some meds.

With numbers going up, this could be worse than we imagined. 😢

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Response to usedtobedemgurl (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 01:33 PM

1. I was told that there was a shortage of Lisinopril-hctz the other day at Walgreens...

I don't know what's going on, but this has never happened before. I did manage to get a 30 day supply but I had to go to another Walgreens. What is going on?

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. They Keep So Much From Us...

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This sincerely worries me!

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 01:46 PM

4. Don't get too scared by this - yet.

This does happen, though rarely with such common meds. I’ve been there, dealt with that.

1) Multiple generic producers of blood pressure meds, but also some others, have had production shut down temporarily due to carcinogens in their products. Next time a doc or pharmacist says “generic is the same as name brand,” realize that genetics cost less in part because they may be cutting corners on production techniques and QA. If there wasn’t a difference, the name brand would go out of production as soon as the patent ran out. But yet... but yet... brand names go on and docs do prescribe “brand necessary.”

2) Alas, people may be back to stocking up and hoarding some meds. When enough people suddenly buy 90 day supplies (or more) of a medication, supply takes a hit.

3) Just because they’re low on a medication in the US or through a particular pharmacy, doesn’t mean you can’t get it. More than once I have had the single producer of my name-brand-only eye drop, without which I have a good chance of going blind, stop production for months. I’ve had to order from Canada or the UK, but have been able to get it. No shortages across the border.

Good luck. Ask why, but don’t read too much into it.

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Response to Jirel (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 01:59 PM

5. Thanks for the reassurances. It does calm me a bit. I haven't gone in panic to my doc yet, as I...

was going to wait until my 30 day supply is used up, and then see if the problem is reoccurring. If it is, I'll simply call the doc and he can perhaps prescribe an alternative medication. At least this particular medication isn't a die or live medication. The acid reflex medication I take on the other hand is. I worry more about not getting this medication more than anything almost. At least I keep many bottles of tums around, hopefully we'll never run short on this.

Interesting in that you're able to get a medication from across the border. Does your doctor have to write a special prescription for you to do this and will your insurance pay for it too? Mine is that I have to always get my medication from Walgreens, no choice (which I don't really like).

Thanks again, and be safe!

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 02:41 PM

6. Getting meds across the border is easy.

It does not require a special prescription. You just get one from your doc on paper. You go through the registration process on a REPUTABLE site (for some, the most challenging part is finding legit companies). Mine is Canadian. You can scan and email or fax the RX with your first order, but the legit sites will ask for the paper RX to be mailed as well before they’ll ship. While they do not take insurance, the costs of meds in countries with a reasonable medical system is far less than in the US. For a while, when my insurer wouldn’t pay for my full RX, I was buying the meds through Canada because paying full price there was less than my copay. That isn’t the norm, but it happens.

You usually have to pay by EFT. Technically, bringing meds in across the border is not legal. It’s a hell of a protection racket we have to pharmaceutical companies. So, credit card companies are restrictive about paying these companies, but EFT is no problem. It is possible but highly unlikely that drugs will be seized by customs. In all the years I have had to do this on and off, I have never had a problem with that.

You hear a lot about the “risks” of bringing in non-US drugs. It’s a load of nonsense, if you go through a reputable source. We have problems here in the US with counterfeit pharmaceuticals, including some huge scandals with chemo drugs. So, buying here is no guarantee. Similarly, Canadian, EU, etc. patients are all getting totally legit, safe drugs thanks to THEIR version of the FDA. There is no reason for drugs to be considered suspect when the same pharmaceutical companies supply all our industrialized nations, and each has an equivalent agency watching out for counterfeits or tainting.

I have had no problems with quality. My condition is minor with drugs, and hell within 1-2 weeks if there would be a problem with a medication. I’d know almost immediately if something wasn’t working! I’ve done this with full knowledge and ready assistance by my doc, for about 10 years. Every so often he checks in with me about the state of getting one of these meds, and of getting cross-border supplies of the one that can be hard to get. He has lots of other patients scrambling to get that, or related specialty meds, too, sometimes.

I hope that has been if some help. I hope you never need to use this info. It’s a pain compared to running to your local Walgreens, but not too bad if you know the ropes. I agree with you on Walgreens - they make me nuts! But like you, I keep my RXes there because (until COVID) I was traveling extensively for business, and it made sense to be able to get my meds anywhere I was, especially if an emergency occurred.

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Response to Jirel (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 04:16 PM

7. Thanks so much for the very valuable information. It's nice to know the ropes so to speak,

w/ what you've told us/me and other DUers. This is going to be great me to me, if not now, perhaps the future. I plan on bookmarking and filing these facts of yours into my medical document (.doc for all my stuff on one sheet of paper). Take care and be safe!

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Response to usedtobedemgurl (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 01:37 PM

3. Hospitals finding it hard to acquire Remdesivir (used on the sickest hospitalized patients)

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Response to usedtobedemgurl (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 04:47 PM

8. They've been out of antipsychotics for a loooong time

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