Drixoral disappearing from the shelves.

Drixoral disappearing from the shelves.

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John Stein

United States

#1 Mar 29, 2006
I'd like to know why Drixoral Cold & Allergy, which I have been taking on and off for over thirty years is being pulled from the shelves. This medication gives me relief from chronic sinus and allergy problems. It is more effective than any other I've tried. I'm aware that methamphetimine users steal the drug to use in the process of making their illegal drugs. Am I to assume that I will no longer have access to this legal and effective drug because of the actions of a few scumbags? I don't wish to start experimenting with other, newer drugs when I know for sure there is a drug that has been successful in treating my symptoms. Lock up the shoplifters that steal and use Drixoral illicitly but there is no valid reason for me to be denied access to a drug that is effective in relieving my symptoms.
Rich Carlsen

Ann Arbor, MI

#2 Apr 5, 2006
Ask your pharmacist. Many products containing psudophedrine are now kept behind the pharmacist's counter for the reasons you have noted.
kathy

Carol Stream, IL

#3 Jan 3, 2009
I am so angry with schering plough. Their customer service line LIED to me when I called last summer and they told me drixoral would be out in early 2009. Now their website says no drixoral for all of 2009 but they are sure to plug their claritan brand instead. Very fishy and very consumer unfriendly. I say I am ready to BOYCOTT all of their products.

I started researching them and found that they have had to pay over 500M in fines for manufacturing defects and problems. Maybe they are not fit to produce any drugs.

BOYCOTT SCHERING PLOUGH PRODUCTS.
Agnes

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Feb 17, 2009
I am upset that drixol was taken off the market. It the only cold medicine that I can take that helps. the pharmacists aren;t any help either. Please bring it back.
RuNuts

United States

#5 Feb 23, 2009
Inexcusable and suspicious are 2 words that come to mind over the Drixoral disappearance.
I've was a Drixoral customer for over 20 years and depended on it to function.
I have been sick off and on since the shortage hit here in early 2008.
The common replacement meds, Lodrane 24D and it's generic substitute BPM Pseudo, are either back ordered or very expensive and not covered by my insurance.
Illegal drugs that can kill you are easier to find than therapeutic prescription medications.
This is insane!
Schering Plough, I hold you responsible and find you guilty of callous disregard of your suffering customers.
I hope this company suffers great loss in the current economic crunch and disappears from the face of the earth.
khan

Falls Church, VA

#6 Mar 11, 2009
this is total fraud for customers who really are able to do their daily work during allergy season depending on drixoral medication to live and work .please help these suffering patients who depends on this.
jackson

San Ramon, CA

#7 Apr 8, 2009
PLEASE! please bring Drixoral back. Make it a available only by prescription if you have too. Its the only medication that works for my sinus problems.
Its unfair.
JAVA

Wylie, TX

#8 Apr 26, 2009
Joe

Qu├ębec, Canada

#9 May 1, 2009
Drixoral is still available in Canada, maybe you can get someone to ship you some?
Anonymous

Laurel, MD

#10 May 12, 2009
The US government pressured the manufacturer to remove Drixoral for sale in the United States.
The reason being that it can be used to make illicit drugs. Same old crap, they can't control the illicit drug manufacturers so control the product they use to make their illicit drugs while millions of Drixoral users are left with no source for Drixoral and there is no other drug out that has the EXACT same ingredients. You can try Canadian drugstores but you MAY NOT get the exact same ingredients. Nothing else helps my allergies like Drixoral.
Fyn

Mesa, AZ

#12 Jun 11, 2009
I have tried all of the latest allegry meds on the market and none of them work like Drixoral for me. I don't know why it isn't sold here but Schering Plouch makes a generic in Instanbul. Same drug but pills are white. You can get the them trhough Canadian pharmacy. same drug, same potentcy and they work the same for me. I did have to chuckle all of the enclosed instruction in Turkish but after taking Drixoral for 30 years I hardly need to read the instructions: 1 every 12 hours.
John Stein wrote:
I'd like to know why Drixoral Cold & Allergy, which I have been taking on and off for over thirty years is being pulled from the shelves. This medication gives me relief from chronic sinus and allergy problems. It is more effective than any other I've tried. I'm aware that methamphetimine users steal the drug to use in the process of making their illegal drugs. Am I to assume that I will no longer have access to this legal and effective drug because of the actions of a few scumbags? I don't wish to start experimenting with other, newer drugs when I know for sure there is a drug that has been successful in treating my symptoms. Lock up the shoplifters that steal and use Drixoral illicitly but there is no valid reason for me to be denied access to a drug that is effective in relieving my symptoms.
Lynn

Collinsville, IL

#13 Jun 12, 2009
My husband has been getting his Drixoral from Canada for nearly a year-very expensive but worth it considering how he feels when he doesn't have it. However recently he has been substituting the children's Dimetapp liquid that contains the same ingredients that are in the Drixoral. He did it out of desperation when his supply from the Canadian pharmacy didn't arrive and he was completely out. So far, this is working for him. You have to be sure and get the Dimetap formula that has those same ingredients, not all of them do.
Diana

United States

#14 Jun 19, 2009
maybe they should just make it without the psudophedrine its the alergy med dexbrompheniramine that I need if I need a decongestant on top I'll take sudafed.

Its the only med that works for my seasonal allergies and prevents me from having sinus infections.
Lauren

Live Oak, FL

#15 Jan 24, 2010
It is being pulled from the shelves because of drug dealers.
Miss M

Syracuse, IN

#16 Mar 1, 2010
Well, it's now March 2010, and I just got off the phone with Schering-Plough/Merck again.

The lady I spoke with said that as of Feb. 15, they have no firm date for the return of Drixoral. She assured me that they were going to start making it again in the same formulation. She said their new manufacturing facility is complete, and they are currently waiting for the FDA to do all their approvals.

She had no explanation for the disappearance of all similar drugs from the shelves since then. I have never seen any of them, and CVS couldn't even find Lodrane in their database.

I think I have connected some dots, though. I did some more looking after reading the last post.
Drixoral was made at Actavis Totowa. You may remember the recall of an entire lot of Digitek a while back, which was twice the normal thickness. That was also made at Actavis Totowa. Here is some interesting reading (you only get a paragraph or two without subscribing, but it's enough):

Actavis Totowa nets warning for QC, cleaning validation: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-162103856...

A Federal lawsuit... charges pharmaceutical company Actavis Totowa with manufacturing and distributing defective Digitek heart drug pills...: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-183812064...

The US Food and Drug Administration... awaits the court's entry of a permanent injunction that bars Actavis Totowa... from manufacturing and distributing drugs at the firm's Totowa, New Jersey, facilities: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-192079053...

It appears that Drixoral disappeared from the market without warning because the facility that manufactured it was breaking a large number of required safeguards, and had just released for sale a deathly-defective lot of Digitek. The lawsuit concerning the Digitek was filed in mid-July 2008 -- at the same time the shelves were running dry of Drixoral. As shown by the previous poster, even the Drixoral was recalled.

My last box was from this recall, but I had already taken one or two by the time I read the previous post last year. No ill effects, so I continued to use it until it was gone. I used it only when I was non-functional, so I was able to stretch it out quite a while. This box was bought in July 2008, the last box I could find anywhere. I had another box I had just started, and I began meting them out with an eyedropper. My last box expired in April 2009, but I made them last into December. By the time I took the last two, they were apparently too old, and did not work.

I am now out of it. Buying it from Canada is prohibitively expensive. Chlorpheniramine maleate helps sometimes, but I usually have to take a couple of doses a bit early in order to gain control. Sometimes, like today, it does not help at all.

Now that I have found this information, I understand. If they had told us what was going on in the first place, I think most people could have handled the whole story reasonably well... much better than the way they mostly kept us in the dark (we're moving our manufacturing, supposed to be out again around the start of 2010, no, no more info than that, here, sign up for notification). They would have been able to look like they were trying to protect the public from a manufacturer that refused to bring their facility into compliance, rather than an uncaring, big corporation that capriciously toys with the health of its customers.

I actually called them back and told the lady I got this time what all I had learned, and that I knew she wasn't the one who decided to keep us all in the dark, but that I hoped she could pass this on to whoever ... that most people are reasonable, and could have handled more information better than the tiny amount we've had all this time.

Here's hoping their new facility gets through the FDA soon!
Zella

Canada

#17 Mar 29, 2010
I have heard about Dixoral been taken out of the market but i have found it available on lot of canadian pharmacies the one i have tried ;
" http://www.trumedcanada.com
Siluej

Vancouver, Canada

#18 Apr 7, 2010
Drixoral as we all know and also known as Drixoral cold and allergy was manufactured by Schering but as good stories have an end so did the story of Drixoral. Some of the stories that made round about why, how and when will we see this most selling cold and sinus product back in markets of USA. The most talked about story is:

Schering Plough moved its manufacturing plant and it would take about an year for them to get back up and running till then the company suggests that any patients who are using Drixoral should try using their other products such as Claritin 12 Hr. Using a substitute for a short term is one thing but think if in a Soccer match one has to a team has to go through the entire session with substitutes well we all know who the loosing team would be. So many people have suggested and have called the company to bring this old and faithful product back in the market.

Another set of people had discussions surrounding this mystery and they came up with another reason which was pseudoephedrine. Drixoral has 120mg of pseudoephedrine which is one of the major reasons FDA wants this product off the shelf and behind the pharmacist
counter and can only be bought with a valid identity proof. It is a possibility that Drixoral is going to get fully revamped and will come back in the market sometime in 2010 with a new look and different ingredients which could mean it is minus pseudoephedrine. Another possibility is the product will go back as a prescription and one will have to visit his or her doctor more often and get a prescription for this product.
Siluej

Vancouver, Canada

#19 Apr 7, 2010
yes i have also ordered this medicine from <a herf=http://www.trumedcanada.c om
Miss M

Syracuse, IN

#20 Apr 7, 2010
That has been one of my fears... that they would reformulate it. They tell me over and over they are not reformulating it, and I hope they are being truthful.

I wouldn't care if it went back to being a prescription med, as long as I could get it the way it has always been.
runnyeyes

Long Beach, CA

#21 Apr 8, 2010
Fyn wrote:
I have tried all of the latest allegry meds on the market and none of them work like Drixoral for me. I don't know why it isn't sold here but Schering Plouch makes a generic in Instanbul. Same drug but pills are white. You can get the them trhough Canadian pharmacy. same drug, same potentcy and they work the same for me. I did have to chuckle all of the enclosed instruction in Turkish but after taking Drixoral for 30 years I hardly need to read the instructions: 1 every 12 hours.
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I have purchased these in the past but cannot find a site for them now. Anyone know where to buy them?

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