Good Morning Dr. J-
I just got off the phone with Roxane Labs, the only approved manufacturer of generic Subutex and the product IS available in all 50 states. It is available to pharmacies and dr offices direct from the manufacturer as well as from all major distributors. There is an ample supply available and is not on back order.
I called around to the major pharmacy chains and all three can order the drug (CVS, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart). None, at least in the Milwaukee area, keep it in stock because of its “orphan drug” status; however most can have it within 24 hours. (Only one of the pharmacists I spoke with actually offered to “pre-order” the drug before the rx was presented- the rest said because of security they do not order scheduled rx’s until the script is presented.
Also, anyone who has rx insurance and pays co-pays based on a drug’s status as generic or brand name (or a tiered system), the Roxane formulation WILL process as a generic. I did ask the drug rep at Roxane if they were also seeking approval for the generic formulation of Suboxone, but they said that it was confidential information, but that if they do it will be announced by the FDA if and when it is approved = YES THEY ARE…
I wanted to email this to you in case you wanted to share it on the Subox blog. And, the doc I attached is the drug info from Roxane.
Anyway this might all be old news, but I wanted to share it with you in case you wanted to pass it on to anyone~
Thanks very much, JP, for the info. the PDF file he refers to can be found by clicking here.