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Methotrexate shortages this fall?
#1
I have gone to the same pharmacy for my MTX prescriptions for years and I have never had a problem until now. I went for a refill last weekend, but the pharmacist told me that there are supply problems with the medication. I went to two other pharmacies and they all have the same story. I am really concerned because I only have two pills for the upcoming week. Does anyone know what is happening?

#2
I had the same problems two weeks ago but found another pharmacy that does have a supply. I picked up 90 days worth of medication so I am safe but I know your frustrations. I forgot my medication on a trip one time and I will never make that mistake again. I could hardly move and had to make a number of calls to to my local doctor to get the pharmacy where we were staying to fill my prescription. I only hope you have better luck!!!

#3
There is a shortage because there has been an increase in demand, but not an increase in production at all. It's not just this fall either. It has been gradually getting worse for almost a year now. Look at this article from back in February:

[]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/methotrexate-shortage-scarce-cancer-drug_n_1276304.html[]
#4
My rheumatologist mentioned this too at my last appointment. He was actively seeking places to source the pills for his patients. I always found him to be a bit distant but this really changed my opinion of the guy. He is going out of his way to make sure we have the pills we need.

#5
(2012-10-09 06:51 PM)frederica Wrote: My rheumatologist mentioned this too at my last appointment. He was actively seeking places to source the pills for his patients. I always found him to be a bit distant but this really changed my opinion of the guy. He is going out of his way to make sure we have the pills we need.
I
m glad your doctor is really going the extra mile to try to get them for you.

Unfortunately, I
m not sure where else he can go other than his normal provider. There is a shortage everywhere. It
s not going to just come out of thin air.
#6
You are lucky. It sounds like you have a good pharmacist. I called my pharmacist and he or his secretary was not at all aware. They said that there was little they could do and that I should make some calls. I have made calls but now I have one pill for the last half of the week! This is really, really frustrating!

#7
I think you mean your rheumatologist was not helpful?

The problem does seem widespread but the FDA has nothing to indicate a medication shortage on its website.

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Drug...314741.htm

Maybe they will have an update after the weekend.

#8
They're still working on it.

This article was released just a few days ago and covers some of the ways it has improved...and why it's not entirely fixed yet:

[]http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/online_features/health_wellness/article_76b0a45c-7a8f-55a3-91d9-1c4ed1b60f44.html[]
#9
Yes, sorry, I am very flustered. I really do not want to be facing pain when the medication wears off. I am even calling out of town now in case the pharmacies aren't communicating well.

#10
If you have no other option, try ordering via the web. This should get around any local shortages. I would even order from Canada if you have no other options. Just make sure it is a legitimate pharmacy with a Canadian phone number.





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