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.
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.
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.