They are getting away from using just pain meds to control chronic severe pain. They drs want their patients to use other pain management methods like aucupuncture, biofeedback, counseling, etc.View Thread
For some reason the people that are/will be most affected by things like this don't want to let their voice be heard. But the people that have been affected by those who choose to abuse these drugs are always there. The only thing I can figure out is that people who are being properly treated think things like this won't reduce or affect their ability to get pain meds, which isn't true. And those that have already been affected by the those that abuse drugs, even though they don't abuse them themseves aren't able to get involved due to their chronic severe pain being undertreated on not treated at all.View Thread
Beth, it sounds like bulldofmommy is referring to the Prescription Monitoring Program. Although I believe she is referring to the drs that write the rxs being called and having to justify the rxs they write. And that has nothing to do with the PMP. It is possible the insurance company requires a prior authorization for certain meds, and maybe that's what she is referring to, although incorrectly.View Thread
Federal Law, as it stands now, has to be amended before the change will take place. The recommendations have already been made and the changes written. But, there is a process when amending current federal law, and that is where this stands right now. Schedule II meds can't be called in or refilled. Those with good income and resources, probably won't be affected as adversely as those without it. Some physicians are very reluctant to write a prescription for a Schedule II, but not as reluctant to write one for a Schedule III.View Thread
Before hydrocodone containing products can be changed from a Schedule III to a Schedule II, the law must be changed. Federal supersedes state, whichever is the more stringent. In New York state, hydrocodone containing products became Schedule II in late February 2013. For the Federal changes, they are still "in the process." You can read more about the proposed amendments to Federal Law that would make all products containing hydrocodone a Schedule II below, you can also track the bill.
You cannot appeal this because the dr has the right to refuse treatment if he wishes. Also a "appeal" is for the legal arena and this is medical.
The only thing you can do is try to find another pain management dr. But be aware that any new dr will read what your current/previous pain management dr has written in your medical records. If you have a PCP who can advise you that might help.
Also, others here have had problems with incorrect urine drug tests. If the drs office won't allow you to be tested again, there is nothing you can do in regards to your current/previous pain management dr.
I wish I could suggest something, but talking to your current PCP is all I can think of. Maybe someone else has some ideas.View Thread