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  • djk69_yum djk69_yum Jan 3, 1999 2:09 PM Flag

    Schein's Steris Labs and Delatestryl(R)

    Need to read BTGC post #1641 for background
    purposes and to put the next couple of my posts into
    context.
    The following was copied and pasted from an e-medical
    support group thread............

    DonGgg

    1998/12/25
    I am on testosterone replacement injections. I have
    been told that the major producer of testosterone
    enanthate and cypionate is out of business and they will be
    unavailable in a few weeks. Is this just a bad rumor or does
    anone know if it is
    true?

    Martin5006
    1998/12/25
    I am also on bi-weekly testosterone injections. I
    have heard nothing about it becomig unavailable. My
    next shot will be on Monday and I'll ask my urologist
    if there is any truth to the rumor you heard. I hope
    not because I'm already reaping the benefits of this
    treatnent.

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    • John J.
      1998/12/26
      I now have confirmation
      of this.
      A couple of months ago my pharmacy told
      me they were unable to refill my prescription, as
      their suppliers were out of stock. At that time, the
      pharmacist told me the rumor mill had it that the feds were
      cracking down on the manufacturers because the stuff was
      getting into illegal channels. (Testosterone is popular
      among weightlifters.)
      I called my doc and he hadn't
      heard any such problems. To get me by he simply sold me
      a bottle from his supply.
      That was a couple
      months ago. I stopped at the pharmacy several times
      since then, always inquiring if they were able to get
      it. The pharmacist always checked in the computer for
      me, but they still could not get it. This is an old
      pharmacy that has been in business for 100+ years --
      second generation pharmacist. The pharmacist told me he
      was able to manufacture it himself, but wouldn't fill
      my prescription that way without an OK from my doc.
      Since my doc had supplied me himself, there was no need
      for him to give the pharmacist the OK.
      The other
      day I used the last shot in the bottle my doc sold
      me. First I called the pharmacy to see if there was
      any last-minute news. The pharmacist said he was
      still unable to get it. Then he told me that the
      manufacturer of the bottle my doc had sold me (I had shown it
      to th pharmacist earlier) had just been closed down
      by the feds. Then I dropped in to see my doc to get
      another bottle. This time the story was different. My doc
      was now able to confirm the problem. Evidently the
      pharmacist was slightly incorrect. One manufacturer (Steris,
      one of the largest) was, indeed, closed down by the
      feds. Not for letting the stuff get into illegal
      channels, but because of impurities, and failing to keep
      accurate records of sales so they could do a proper
      recall. In addition, my doc said there was
      another
      large facility that blew down in a hurricane or
      something. He didn't say what manufacturer that was.
      So
      we have two large production facilities suddenly out
      of the
      picture. The price in the marketplace has
      doubled because of the
      shortage. My doc sold me one
      bottle from his limited supply, and gave me a scrip for
      two bottles and wished me luck seeing if I could get
      it filled. I promised to keep him informed if I find
      a pharmacy in town with any left.
      I also
      mentioned to my doc that my regular pharmacist is willing
      to manufacture it. The doc said he also knew of a
      couple other
      pharmacists who are manufacturing it,
      but we want to try to find a regular source if we
      can. If we can't, we'll just go to the pharmacy and
      let them make it for us. According to my doc, the
      only problem with having the pharmacy make it is that
      he is worried about impurities.
      But hey, Steris
      was evidently shipping the stuff with
      impurities
      anyway <shrug>.
      So that's the story, gents. Get
      it if you can. It may be a while
      before the
      supply normalizes again.

      • 1 Reply to djk69_yum
      • Richwine
        1998/12/26
        A good and decent
        manufactuer of testosterone enanthate is Schein
        Pharmaceuticals. They meet the high standards that the
        VeteransAdministration requires. I know, I am a veteran and have been
        taking shotsfor two years now.

        John
        J.
        1998/12/27

        Yes, but good luck finding it. I scored the last
        bottle in this cityjust this morning. Called over 50
        pharmacies and only one bottle leftin town.Steris is another
        manufacturer, but they were just shut down by thefeds for
        impurities, and failing to keep adequate records so theycould
        do a proper recall. I'd stay away from their product
        unless it'sall you can find. Shein is good quality,
        however.

        PIZZO43
        1998/12/26

        I use Trstosterone Enanthate injectable made by
        SCHEIN. I just wrote them and asked about availability. I
        will post back here when I get a reply.

        John
        J.
        1998/12/27

        I can anticipate what they will say. They will tell
        you that theirplants are working at full capacity,
        but they are unable to supply allthe current demand.
        Two other large manufacturers are suddenly out
        ofbusiness -- one closed down by the feds, and another blew
        down in ahurricane or something.Shein is good quality,
        but they do not have adquate capacity to absorbthe
        void in the market left by those other two large
        manufacturers.There are many local pharmacists who can manufacture
        it, however. Theyneed the doctor's OK, but that is
        probably what most of us will haveto do in the short term
        until supplies normalize again.

 
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