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Unread 09-04-2016, 03:28 PM   #1
jimash55
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Default Generic Bupe tablet vs. Bupe/ Naloxone film

I am presently involved in a dispute with the Veterans Adm. because they are denying me the film that I was prescribed at the Washington D C hospital. They will only give me the Hi-Tech generic tablet. I'm sure it is a cost effective thing but that's on them.
Hopefully someone can help me- does anyone know of any literature or study that states the film has a better biovalibilty rate than the generic tablet. This would help my arguement a great deal.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 10:58 AM   #2
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Hi Jim, oddly enough, look at what I found on the VA.gov site, although it's not about the Suboxone film, it's about the Bunavail film that goes on the inside of the cheek.

http://www.pbm.va.gov/PBM/clinicalgu...ted_Review.pdf

"The main difference between buprenorphine / naloxone buccal film and sublingual tablets is a two-fold greater bioavailability due to greater absorption."

Again from the VA, this IS about the Suboxone film:
http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn4/Bulletins/Feb13BP.pdf
"...The FDA indicated there was a “potentially greater bioavailability” of the film over the tablet product."

Do you think that will help? If not, I'll keep looking for more.

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Unread 09-07-2016, 11:14 AM   #3
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Default Film

Thanks for the info Nancy and it may be helpful but I need info on the original film. Has anyone else complained about those generic Hi -Tech( N8on one side and a arrow on the other)..,,horrible!
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Unread 09-08-2016, 07:48 AM   #4
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Hi Jim, that second link in my post is about the Suboxone Film and it's from the VA.

Here's something else I found from the VA. I like using the VAs own documents because how can they contradict what they said! Well, I suppose they can... in any event, here it is:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&hl=en&ct=clnk

"Because of interindividual variation in pharmacokinetics and because the film did not meet all FDA criteria for bioequivalence to the SL tablets, some individuals may need dosage modification. Patients being switched from the tablets to the film should be monitored for potential overmedication, and those being switched from film to tablets should be monitored for possible underdosage and withdrawal symptoms."

Which pretty much says that there is better bioavailability with the film.

As for the generics, we've had people over the years complain about all the brands. Which probably stems from going from the film to a tablet and the lesser bioavailability with the tablets.

Hopefully that helps!

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