We all have learned so much from your experience as a pharmacist---thank you!
I dropped off my prescription for morphine injectible 3 days early (on Tuesday), and my pick-up day is always Friday.
Today (Thursday) I got a call from the pharmacist late in the day. She told me that they didn't have the morphine injectible and that they called the manufacturer and were told it was on backorder. I asked her when she thought they'd be getting the morphine in, and she said she had no idea. She seemed to be nice about it, and it really did seem as though she was doing all she could.
This is actually the first time in over 3 years that my pharmacy DID NOT have the morphine injectible on hand. They know I get it every month and specifically order it for me. Somebody must have forgotten to order it ahead of time. They are times when I DON'T drop off my scripts early and the morphine injection has always been there for me.
No other pharmacies in my area have morphine injectible in stock. My pharmacy never stocked it until I became a customer there. My pharmacy has always refused to do partial fills, so I kind of wonder if they don't have at least SOME morphine in stock. But even if I asked, I'm sure they would tell me that partial fills are "illegal", even though I don't believe that they are.
Steve, I just wanted to ask you: Is there REALLY a nationwide backorder on morphine injectible? Do you have any idea when this might be resolved, if there really is a shortage? Even if I were to ask for my prescription back, NO OTHER pharmacy in my area stocks morphine injectible.
The pharmacist said she called my doctor and told him about the shortage. Unfortunately, the pharmacist didn't call me until almost 5 pm on Thursday, and my doctor takes Fridays off.
So I have to wait all the way until Monday to even get to call my doctor's office and see if he can substitute something. The wait seems like an eternity; I don't know why they couldn't have called me earlier. Plus, my doctor's office is almost an hour's drive away. I don't know if my doctor is willing to send a script in the mail, but I'm thinking it had better be registered mail, because our mail carrier mixes up my and my neighbor's mail all the time.
Anyway, I just wondered if this alleged morphine injectible "shortage" is real or just an excuse that my pharmacy is making up. In the past, this pharmacy has told me about Dilaudid "shortages" that really were NOT nationwide, according to your information. Thanks for any advice!