heard anything about a shortage of Cymbalta, the medication I am on for depression. I was out of it all last week (didn't have the money for the high co pay that may insurance charges for brand name medications).
I go my pharmacy Sunday, and all they were able to give me was a 3 day supply of it, they said they were short of it, and that more should be in the next day. I kept checking everyday to see if more was in, and each day, the answer was no. That 3 day supply ran out Tuesday, and tonight, I finally asked them what was going on, if it was a problem just with this pharmacy, or every pharmacy was struggling to get more in this area.
The answer from the pharmacy tech really made me mad, not at her, but at the company Eli Lilly, which produces it. Because their patent is about to expire on Cymbalta, and a generic will soon hit the market, they are cutting the supplies of it, because they don't want to be stuck with large stockpiles of it, that they can't sell (due to people switching to the cheaper generic).
I understand them not wanting to lose money that way, but why can't they keep up with supplies until the generic hits the market? There are people depending on this medication to keep functioning in life, and there are people far worse off than I am.
Why can't they just keep up the supply until the generic hits the market, then cut off the supply? that would ensure that people can still get it until then, and there will still be some people buying Cymbalta, some doctors don't trust generics, and will continue to prescribe it. Let the supply dwindle down by itself, if you're no longer producing it, you will gradually sell it off, then if demand starts to trickle back, then start producing it again.
idiot doctor, just trying to get him and his office to write the prescription for 90 days instead of 30 (same co pay, but will last longer). They said on Tuesday that that it would take 24-48 hours to process that.
I didn't expect them at all to keep their word on that at all, here I am over two days later, and they still haven't faxed it to my pharmacy, or given an explanation as to why haven't done it yet, or refused to do so. Trying to get them to change the prescription would be even more frustrating, who knows how long it would take to get an appointment, and I can't afford the leftover bills that my insurance would stick me with for the visit (I know that fact from experience, still paying down a bill from a visit in July).
What if someone ends their life, or tries to because they are out of medication and can't switch to another immediately? What about the people that are going to have to take sick days from work both from the emotional and physical symptoms of their depression? Did they ever think of that when they decided to cut everyone off? No, apparently they were only thinking about money.....