The following anonymous comment was entered in the responses to Richard Lawhern’s recent editorial on STAT News: Stop persecuting docs for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
He’d like to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience with their pharmacy or doctor.
ATTENTION: All Medicare Recipients who are Non-Cancer Chronic Pain Patients. If You have Medicare Part D Rx Drug Insurance through “United Healthcare Medicare AARP”
This RX drug Insurance Company is sending out “Threatening Letters” to every patient’s Doctor, if you’re taking more than CDC Guideline 90 Mg MME.
My Doctor has received these threatening letters EVERY month from United Healthcare AARP Medicare since Mid 2017, telling him [that] if he does not force taper my opioid dose down to CDC GL’s 90 Mg MME, they will “take action” against him & turn him in to the State Medical Boards.
United Healthcare AARP Medicare as a direct result of their “threatening letters” has now gotten me forced tapered off my Opioid dose that I have been stable on for 15 Years.
I have a debilitating chronic painful & progressive disease with no cure.
As a Direct Result of United Healthcare AARP Medicare’s threatening letters & the forced taper, I have already lost a considerable amount of function.
I am gathering ALL the threatening letters my Doctor has received from this Company to date & the dates each letter was sent, and taking them to my attorney to look over.
If I can sue this God **** Company for what these letters have caused me, I guarantee I will do so. I am suffering greatly now, and as my Dr. has stated, the ONLY reason I am being reduced to CDC guidelines is due to the letters he continues to receive.
This is completely unacceptable.