Oxycontin Patent Infringment IMPORTANT

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kellyamos, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. kellyamos

    kellyamos New Member

    Hello all. I was diagnosed with RA in 1999 and then FM in August, 2005. I have been seeing a pain specialist since last October and he had prescribed percocet (generic is ocycodone).

    About a month and a half ago, my pain had gotten so bad so he prescribed Oxycontin, the generic for this is called Oxycodone ER. The ER stands for extended release. The cost for a months supply for me for the generic is only $7.00.

    I was told the other day by a coworker whose husband is on disibility and takes the generic for Oxycontin, that there was a lawsuit by the maker of Oxycontin for Patent Infringement, that sued a couple of companies that make the generic Oxycontin.

    Well, unfortunately they won the lawsuit and now the companies that have been manufacting the generic must cease and desist of making and selling the product by 12/31/06.

    Therefore, starting the beginning of next year, everyone that is taking Oxycintin must purchase this name brand and won't be able to get the much cheaper generic. So my Co-pay with my insurance for the name brand will be $35.00 a month.

    That is not a huge prolem for me however, for those of you that might not have any insurance at all and are taking the generic, their costs will sky rocket.

    I just wanted to warn all of you about this so that you are not blindsided when you go to the pharmacy to get your meds.
  2. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    KellyAmos:

    Thanks for the info. It is always good to be prepared for anything.

    nyrofan
  3. kellyamos

    kellyamos New Member

    Bump for all taking generic Oxycontin.
  4. rachel432

    rachel432 New Member

    i know that oxycontin is very popular right now but if any of you will not be able to afford it after this takes effect you could ask your dr's to switch you to the equivilent dose of generic extended relaese morphine. the patent is up on that so the generic of that will remain available and less expensive.
    i hope this helps.
    rachel
  5. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    the info. I was taking the original Oxycontin and now I have been forced to accept the generic unless I wanted to pay full cost. The generic is less effective. This may be a good thing.
  6. lorraine50

    lorraine50 New Member

    I don't know where you live, I live in newfoundland, canada. Iwas put on oxycontin about 7 yrs. ago for extreme headaches..I pay $90 something dollars everymonth and I don't have insurance to cover them. plus I got divorced 2 yrs ago. so I find it hard...I tried to come off them and my headaches came back..so thats it I guess.
    One thing that will help ones that are just using them to get a high..


    thanks for reading.

    lorraine50