Mar 12, 2014 - 4:27 pm
I received a letter in today's mail from my mail-order pharmacy (Express Scripts, for Anthem) that there's apparently a "shortage of the active ingredient used to manufacture Tamoxifen products," and warning me that they may not be able to fill prescriptions for Tamoxifen for some unspecified period of time, possibly through April.
Their letter is very vague, vetted-by-their-legal-department, insurance-speak, but I wanted to get the word out to any of you who are on Tamoxifen.
They urge me to talk with my doctor about an "alternative medication." Really? And what would that "alternative medication" be for those of us nowhere near menopause? There isn't one, Tamoxifen is it.
I have several weeks' worth of pills left, but hurried and placed an order for my 90-day refill after I read the letter, and am waiting to see if they still have some available. The letter also suggests that local pharmacies may still have stock.
So...if you can, you may want to stop by the pharmacy tonight and refill your prescription right away, in the event that this shortage does happen.