Have you ever thought about what would happen if you needed a certain type of medication and it just wasn't available anymore? Unfortunately, this is the scenario that I've been dealing with lately. The one and only supplier decided to stop manufacturing without any warning, leaving patients like me with absolutely no equivalent alternative.
I've been without it for a couple of months now, which has led to a further decline in my lung function. After some online research, I finally managed to find some details on a new Australian manufacturer just this week (which my pharmacist and doctors didn't even know about). The drug has not yet been added to the PBS, but I was able to order it in. From the information that I found, it is scheduled to be listed from July 1st 2010.
The good news is that I'm looking forward to being back on track again after my slight hiccup..... and I can finally start to breathe again.
My advice to everyone is to always do your own research. Doctors will never be able to know everything about the latest and the greatest treatments, or the manufacturing plans of the various drug companies, and your health is far too important to just leave it to someone else to manage.
I'm adding some keywords to the bottom of this post just in case someone out there is googling looking for help just as I was Monday night, when I stumbled across just what I needed..... thankyou to the WWW.