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Government controlling what pain management doctors prescribe
By October 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm 4,160 54 11
I posted this for discussion on the Back Connect site also, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion, so here goes. Here in Florida, the PA in my pain management doctors office told everyone that starting next month, due to government regulations, that the amount of pain medications (oxycodone in particular) will be decreased to a maximum of 6 per day, no matter what the patient's condition. While I realize that they are fighting a drug war with the "pill mills" across the country, I don't believe that the government has the right to dictate across the board what the pain management doctors are allowed to prescribe. Where did they get their medical degrees? My doctor tailors his combinations and amounts specifically to the patient's documented injuries and length of the condition. He currently writes a maximum of 8 oxycodone per day, mixed with something long acting like MS Contin or Fentanyl patches. He does random drug tests to be sure that people are actually taking their medications and not selling them, he takes insurance (unlike the "pill mills"), and he makes sure that everyone is up to date on their tests (MRI's, etc.) The other thing I heard (and I'm not sure this is true) is that they are only going to be able to write one Schedule II narcotic (like MS Contin or morphine) and the prn medications can't be stronger than Vicodin (the weakest of the narcotics now that Darvocet was taken away). What's going to happen next, they're going to tell them they can't prescribe narcotics no matter what the condition? I would appreciate any and all opinions on this.