Mallinckrodt - a poor manufacturer?

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I agree with you both but . . .

our one mom and pop won't even sell any thing opioid over Percocet 5/3.25. So much for small pharms in northern NM. Our Walgreens is as bad as the places that Port describes, no scripts over #120 Oxy 30s, Benzos treated like class IIs, etc. This is without the common exception of cancer patients. My wife and I can go in together andthey will refuse to fill her script because they don't like her Dr. but have my #240 Oxy 30 s ready to go two days early. Her Dr. had to call them, they couldn't be bothered, to get her script filled. Talk about the rock and the hard case . . . Q

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usually no problems

 i havent read the above responses but IMO mallinkrodt is a decent brand ...i get a total of 13 Rx's and my fioricet is is my elavil (amitryptiline) and my pharmacy carries two different generics of percocet 10/325 (mallinkrodt and Endo) now of course,everyone including me would prefer the endo but its 22.00 more. if i have the extra cash,ill usually spring for the endo but have no problems with the mallinkrodts eiether,

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Mallinckrodt decent brand!

I agree Mallinckrodt is more than than decent brand.Nothing(almost )makes me more mad than some Turkey comming home and going online to say"MY brands better than yours!" hahahaha!!!! So child like.If there was some vality to it,but seldom.And Watson has ben bought up by Actavis.Done and done!  now there was a very crumbly Diazepam,but that was a brand i forgot,maybe Mylan? But nowdays most all Diazepam up here in Wisconsin is Teva or Qualitisest.And both are good as far as i can tell.Be Happy we got any medicne with all the infighting between companys,there are so many and most are three or more companys owned by the same parent company anyway! Have Pain Free weeks and welcome Spring! and Peace and Good Health to us all,RD

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Well,I had quite a conferance with my Pharmasist and he informed me that any generic avalabl ask for and within a day or two at the most they woukd be ready for me.I told him i really liked the TEVA Diazepam and the Mallinckrodt Fentanyl lasted 72 hours,something i never thought i would say.He(Pharmasist)said i can ask the Doctor for two more allowing for human eror and or a patch that may have come off! I am happy with my Oxycodone which are Mallinckrodt as well I belive.!5 MGs 4 x a day, i may want a RX for 30 MGs 4x per day as a freind who goes to the same Doctor and gets 6x 30 MGs per day and we both know my pain and age are both higher! I will bve happy with 30MGs 4x a day as long as i keep to the 50mcgs of Fentanyl.I was on Fentanyl in 2007-2009 Watson with gel and they left a horible red mark when i changed sites of application, I went to the 75mcgs and was a bit to spacy as the breakthrough handeled the pain so I went back to the 50 mcgs.I certinly belive that all the people who say "My brand is better than this brand"",and That brand is better than those" are just mixing up themselfs! No more Watsons is hard to belive but Actavis has seen to it and its a done deal/If anyone wanted a great disscusion,it should be why is there not a generic Oxycontin.That answer is clear as day to me now! Zohydro is taking the Oxycontins place as the new "Troublemaker on our block" for certian! Stay Painfree,Peace,  RD


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brands of pain meds

I am new to site but came on because I had changed pharmacy's from Costco to Target. I was getting Watson Norco at Costco and then Qualitest Norco from Target. It seemed like the Target pills don't work nearly as good. I would go through my Rx much faster but thought I was going crazy because they ae all supposed to be the same, right? I just recently switched back to Costco and all is well again. To prove my thought, my sister is a sky diver and she had a "hard landing" a few weeks ago. She rarely ever takes pain meds and she can only handle a half of a 5/500 of regular strength vicodin. I gave her one of qualitest (yellow) 10/325 of norco and the next day she asked me what I gave her because it didnt do anything at all. Humm, I smell a skunk. Are they not regulated? Is there a way for companies to short change the customer? I mean, who would know, right? Just thinking...

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Generic differences



The companies do not short on the generic medications. The following is from the FDA website:


FACT: FDA requires generic drugs to have the same quality and performance as brand name drugs.  


  • When a generic drug product is approved, it has met rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency. However, some variability can and does occur during manufacturing, for both brand name and generic drugs. When a drug, generic or brand name, is mass-produced, very small variations in purity, size, strength, and other parameters are permitted. FDA limits how much variability is acceptable. 


  • Generic drugs are required to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage form, and route of administration as the brand name product. Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand name product.  


  • The generic drug manufacturer must prove its drug is the same as (bioequivalent) the brand name drug. For example, after the patient takes the generic drug, the amount of drug in the bloodstream is measured.  If the levels of the drug in the bloodstream are the same as the levels found when the brand name product is used, the generic drug will work the same. 


  • Through review of bioequivalence data, FDA ensures that the generic product performs the same as its respective brand name product. This standard applies to all generic drugs, whether immediate or controlled release. 


  • All generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand name drugs, and the generic products must meet the same exacting specifications as any brand name product. In fact, many generic drugs are made in the same manufacturing plants as brand name drug products.



They have to contain the same amount of active ingredient.  However, they can use different fillers.  It may be that your system does not break down the Qualitest tablets very well, thus not opening the tablet so that the active ingredient can be absorbed.


If you don't do well on Qualitest, don't accept them.  When you turn in your prescription, tell the pharmacist that you do not want Qualitest (and will not take them), and could he/she order the Watson, or whatever you want.  You may have to wait a couple of days for the medications to come in.  If the pharmacist refuses to order what you want, take your prescription elsewhere.


Also, you should not be giving your prescription to anyone else, it is against  federal law.  The DEA agents just look for reasons to arrest "drug abusers".  So, don't say that you gave your medicine away at the pharmacy or in public.  Again, the DEA can be real #$%&*s when it comes to Schedule II and III medications, and they hang around pharmacies, listening to conservations, while "waiting" for a 'script to be filled.  Locally, this tactic has been used to arrest "drug abusers".  Of course, to DEA agents, anyone taking a controlled medicine is a potential "abuser" to them.


Again, don't take the Qualitest medication.  Ask for the medication that works the best for YOU.


Hope you are doing okay.






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I first tried Mallinckrodt at the suggestinh of my pharmasist! I was a round Vicodin ES.It worked great! So i allways asked for them by name.The pharmacy clossed and that was that! 1997! Now and several doctors later and "pain Clinics?" I find myself surprised that anyone could or would challange Mallinckrodt ?They still are top shelve when it comes to non brand generics!To many people read to much into others paranoia!Be HAPPY there are choices,And no one sits around without recourse.Now Watsons are gone!Bought up by ActavisAnd I still have people saying they will come back OCD manOCD! Now a company that was good was MYLAN,they are at least the small ones.were crmle city on thier Diazepams.Crud! So now we have masses of people talking online about thier medicne is better than yours?So childish,so foolish and so time conduming that our team is vest.Take up a hobby or help those who cannot help themselves.You will not hear them talk about pill strength .People can we all get along?Now if a real problem comes to our attenion,hopfully we will address it dilegently with respect! Peace,Danny                                                                                   

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I can't pronounce it but it's like any brand.  I think they're alright.  If someone picked up my Rx at a place and that was the brand, I wouldn't think about one way or another.

Sean McCullough