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Author Topic: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread  (Read 836 times)

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Offline xaos

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Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:05:51 pm »
I switched from Atripla earlier this year and a couple months ago had trouble refilling the script while traveling in Florida at a Walgreens. Pharmacist said the warehouse claimed it was unavailable even though I had filled this at an Illinois Walgreens’s the previous 3 months.

Now this month in Illinois the Walgreens’s I used before said the warehouse is out and has no timeframe for when they will get more. Has anyone else run into this?

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Re: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2019, 01:06:23 am »
Huh - What specific Walgreens in Florida and Illinois were you visiting?

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Re: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2019, 01:16:33 am »

Welcome to the forum.

As you are a new member can you please open your own introduction thread
You can do so in the  "I just tested positive" section if you are new to living with HIV or in "living with HIV" if you have been living with HIV for longer.

Introducing yourself can be daunting but perhaps you can answer some basics in your first thread like How you are getting on? What treatment are you taking, how is that going? What your labs are like etc etc

Thank you


I've moved your thread so it can work as your introduction thread.
Sorry to hear about the problem filling the script. 
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Offline xaos

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Re: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2019, 07:00:50 am »
Jim Allen, Thank you, wherever you feel is most appropriate.

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Re: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 06:57:17 pm »
I know that time changes how things are done, but in times past it would be standard to phone ahead to a pharmacist days before needing HIV medications.  It's your life that you're trying to save, it's worth the effort of getting on the blower.

Have you phoned around other pharmacists or hospitals to see if you can obtain an emergency supply if you are in danger of running out.

Is there any possibility of getting individual components rather than an all in one pill?

Offline xaos

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Re: Symfi lo shortage? Xaos introduction thread
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2019, 06:54:19 am »
Harleymc,  I certainly did call my pharmacy ahead of time. As I stated in my original post the issue is the pharmacy not being able to obtain the drug from there warehouse with no given timeframe on when it will be available.  Since I’ve now encountered this in multiple states I posted here to see if others have run into this problem on this specific drug.

I will add that I was on Atripla since 2010 and have built a several month supply cushion that I rolled into the SymfiLo as I made the switch earlier this year so I am not in any immediate danger of missing out on daily doses of medication.


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