|Published:||Jul 16, 2012 9:16 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 16, 2012 11:42 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - A shortage of Excedrin has some willing to pay hundreds of dollars for the over the counter drug. The popular migraine medicine was recalled back in January and now a major shortage is forcing some consumers to buy it online.
Pharmacies nationwide, no longer have Excedrin in stock. Gulf Shore Apothecary in Naples is no different. They've been out of the pain medication for nearly four months and scrolling through its suppliers website, "there's nothing. It's not applicable to even buy it," says owner Steve Shafor.
Back in January, Novartis, the maker of Excedrin, pulled the pills off the shelf because of concerns that percocet was accidentally mixed in to some pill bottles. As a result people have turned to online auction sites like Ebay to buy their migraine medicine. Something Shafor says is asking for trouble.
"They could be buying it from China or India or anyplace that might manufacture it or whoever wants to manufacture it so it could be just totally fake and you wouldn't know," Shafor said.
WINK News found some on Ebay willing to pay as much as $250 for an open bottle of 100 Excedrin Migraine pills.
"There's a lot of problems with buying stuff online," says Jerry Meloche. Meloche is the owner of Creative Scripts, a compounding pharmacy in Naples that could theoretically make the same medication using the three key ingredients, aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine.
"A physician could write a prescription for that patient. We could custom build it for them. That way, at least you know you're getting pharmaceutical grade ingredients, yes you'll pay more than over the counter, but it's not the $150 you'll pay on Ebay."
Rather than paying hundreds of dollars online, you could pay anywhere from $6-$12 for a generic brand, but Shafor says part of the high prices found on Ebay is a result of people who want the recalled version. "People want Excedrin because they think they'll get lucky and get a bottle of percocet."
Shafor estimates it will be at least a year before Excedrin is fully stocked on shelves.
- Charlotte Academy student embarassed, mother angry
- Lee County pursuit ends in crash in Collier County
- U.S. Rep Connie Mack announces divorce
- Naples non-profit uses water therapy to help Veterans cope
- FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy
- Fort Myers man arrested in road rage shooting incident
- Gov. warns schools he will fight tuition hikes
- New video shows Hohensee's anger
- Beware of Memorial Day scams aimed at military personnel
- Gearing up for summer with Memorial Day travel