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Can California Pharmacists substitute oxycodone extended

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Can California Pharmacists substitute oxycodone extended release (generic) when a physician has prescribed Oxycontin?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Bridget replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thanks for your question. I am currently researching your answer...please stand by!

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

There is not generic for Oxycontin so your answer is at the current time this would not even be possible.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

Hopefully this fully answer your question. Once satisfied please rate my answer.

Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

To clarify my earlier response there is not FDA approved generic Oxycontin currently on the market therefore pharmacists in the US have no choice but to dispense brand name Oxycontin regardless of state laws.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

Again please rate my answer at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Bridget replied 1 year ago.

Oxycodone Extended Release from manufacturers Actavis or Sandoz may be substituted for Oxycontin. Calfornia law states:

Prescriber may indicate orally or in own handwriting “Do Not

Substitute” or similar words. Allows use of a preprinted “Do Not

Substitute” box, provided that the prescriber personally initials

the box. In other words, the pharmacist may substitute.

Thanks!

Dr. B

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

At your convenience please rate my answer. Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

In 2013 the generic versions of Oxycontin were taken off the market.

Expert:  Dr. Bridget replied 1 year ago.

In 2015, several manufacturers of oxycodone extended release were given FDA approval. It is abuse deterrent and cannot be crushed. If your pharmacy carries it, they will automatically substitute in California unless your prescriber says "brand necessary" on the script.

Thanks!

Dr. B

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

Please rate my answer at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.

I have to take back my previous comments and agree with Dr. B. The generic was allowed back on the market in 2015 and it can be substituted.

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