SWIM just got of the phone with the nice people at UCB Pharma UK. OK, from now on it has to be ordered direct from UCB(who have stock, now) as opposed to from AAH or Unichem(drug wholesalers and suppylers to UK pharmacys of pretty much everything pharmacetical) Apparently this has been the case since 1st April and from what I could gather is due to 'illegal diversion'. From where? to where? of course this drug has a fair bit of 'diversion' at street level but at manufacturing level/wholesale/pharmacy level? If SWIM worked in the system and had the power to divert controlled drugs like this(ie get away with it) SWIM would divert something like a CD I'd at least do it with something with more street cred!(SWIM hears people talking of Oxycontin 40mg's changing hands for the region of £xx each on street, amongst other items, last thing SWIM heard 5mg Dexedrine Tab had £x.x street value, very rough figures but my point is Dexe's would probably not yeild the kind of return that makes someone at that level risk their registration, job and jail, maybe something SWIM is not understanding here!)- what would ordering direct solve anyway other than the <1000 tab thing? I dont think I've ever heard of 1000 Dexamfetamine tablets being in one pharmacy, not even in the height of the private scripting frenzy by Private docs prescribing it for... well anyone... a few years back in London. Apparently these are still prescribed a lot in the West country for by substance misuse agency's, and was historically prescribed before the time Methadone was.
SWIM is not sure if this is even on a named patient basis, SWIM just understands that although it needs to be ordered from UCB they can bill and possibly distribute through Unichem. Oh, and apparently a maximum amount of (just under)1000 tablets can be ordered at once. So if the wholesaler is billing it and delivering it still, eh? SWIM is confused. Yet the pharmacy has to order direct from the manufacturers here(UCB pharma) now. Maybe SWIM was not told aware of the full reasoning behind this.
Sorry for some of the sketchy details as the UCB rep was not to 100% herself on some of this information and I was ever so slightly distracted*cough*
Hope this was helpful info to someone, who like SWIM gets a script but was told by their pharmacy that supply would be unavailable indefinitely due to manufacturing issues as that's all the pharmacy knew to.
SWIM has since called SWIMS pharmacy who now know exactly what to do(allegedly) and only ask that SWIM ask's SWIMS doc to send in next weeks script ASAP before they order(hmm seems like 'named patient' meds to me...)