Absolutely agree 100%. A side note: I went to get my normal medications June 15th and told “DENIED” because a pre-auth was needed effective June 1st, but no letter sent or received to date July 3rd. I called my PBM and told them “I’ll file a complaint with my states Board of Pharmacies and hung up.” I was approved within 2 hours, but was out of medication Sunday June 17th and picked them up June 18th.
It’s out of control when China brags their illicit fentanyl is 99.9% pure, but our crooked DEA doesn’t go after illicit/illegal drugs and shuts our doctors down. There’s been numerous bust for the last 5-6 yrs and more in the last 2-3 yrs, but it’s not enough to make a dent in the illicit fentanyl crisis. When one addicted has demands they’re met by increased productivity, but all who need legitimate prescriptions can’t get them because our providers are being harassed and are afraid of the DEA. They can say “We’re not telling providers how, what, or how many prescriptions for controlled substances one can prescribe”, but their lying. There’s many great true articles of pain patients suffering coming out, but many wonder if its too late. Thank you for another great article. Have a blessed 4th of July.
Politicians, media muckrakers, and blood thirsty legal corporations have launched an all-out attack on prescribing clinicians for causing and/or contributing to the presumed “opioid epidemic”.
The first question in my mind is whether it’s really an “opioid epidemic”, or if it’s an “illicit fentanyl epidemic crisis” that has spun out of control as eloquently presented by Rose last April in Pain Medicine.
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