From J. Julian Grove, MD @JulianGroveMD – Nov 2018
Chronic Pain Patients: An insight to the veiled threats Health Care Providers receive treating pain. From Walgreens on this example to my Physician’s Assistant.
I am a double board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, treating complex pain and cancer pain always w/comprehensive approach. Insulting.
In case you can’t read it, here are the important parts:
Walgreens has determined that you may have issued prescriptions for opioids in dosages that exceed CDC guidelines.
Walgreens will support our pharmacist when they exercise their professional judgment and refuse to dispense certain opioid prescriptions in order to meet their corresponding responsibility obligations under state and federal law.
But the guidelines are NOT a state OR federal law – they are just guidelines to use in addition to personalized treatment of the patient.
Such guidelines exist in many medical fields and are intended only as a “guide” for individualized therapy, they are NEVER A LAW.
Furthermore Walgreens pharmacist may notify appropriate regulatory agencies when prescriptions are refused.
Is this before or after they’ve straightened things out with your doctor to finally fill the prescription?
If the prescription was refused and you didn’t get your “excessive opioids”, why would they notify the feds after the fact?
Something about this doesn’t seem legal…
On yeah, it pertains to the drug-war and we already know how many aspects of that violoate civil rights and personal autonomy, not to mention the supposed privacy of our mecical records.