Fall has arrived and so has my seasonal cold. I've been using the wonder drug of my choice for close to 20 years when I get all stuffed up. Ah, the agony of the cold season is upon us.
I limped up to the pharmacy counter just the other day to restock my supply of Drixoral. In between my nose blowing and sniffles, I asked the pharmacist for my wonder drug. Nope. Can't do it.
What? No Drixoral? Has there been a run on the only decongestant that really works for me? He said it hasn't been available in months.
So, I blew my noise and went home to my trusty computer to see if there was a problem or if it was just that particular pharmacy. Arrrrgggghhhhh.
Blogs everywhere say "No Drixoral." After the tears stopped, and I blew my now doubly stuffed nose, I went to the site of the manufacturer, Schering Plough.
Their excuse? And I quote- "We are in the process of changing our manufacturing location for our product. Although multiple solutions are being pursued, it is unlikely product will be available in 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We can offer several alternatives in the meantime."
Sorry. Don't buy it. This great big pharmaceutical company would have us believe that they didn't cross all their t's and dot their i's with the FDA BEFORE they changed production sites. I don't think so. Come on. Now they say it is not likely there will be most likely be no Drixoral until 2010? Yeah. Right.
They recommend using a lesser drug. A drug that works- but doesn't work as well as my beloved Drixoral.
Come on, Schering gurus, be brave and give all suffering Americans the truth. Will you give us our nasal stuffiness relief in the formulation that is proven to work so well? Or will you succumb to government pressure to reformulate it so it doesn't work worth a hoot? By golly, we already are forced to sign away our first born and our inheritance just to get some decent decongestants.
Please save our stuffy noses. Please give us back our wonder drug, Drixoral. Please help me lose my drips.