Certified legal drug dealers.

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    CERTIFIED LEGAL DRUG DEALERS.

    Some doctors are nothing more than certified legal drug pushers do pharmaceutics a favor by prescribing their drugs and receiving kick backs. Doctors will prescribe pain killers more often to White people than Blacks or Hispanics. I took a Black friend to the ER with an ankle sprain and she was told to go home and take Tylenol and the white woman in the next cubicle he gave Vicodin.

    There should be a national data base with patients name and the name of the control drug there are being prescribed.

    Doctors in rehab centers are the real drug pushers. They push drugs like sleeping pill, pain pills and laxatives as the norm whether the patient needs them or not because they usually don’t know or care what they are given.

    When their patient over dose on control drugs, the doctors should be held responsible. At least share the responsibility. Oh, yes. Black doctors ARE held responsible.
     
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    I've had a physician who was a pill pusher. Even his name tag had a pharmaceutical logo on it! :eek:

    After speaking with a few of his other patients, it was pretty obvious what his game was. He had tried to prescribe a new anti-depressant to every last person I spoke with. Even if they had gone to see him for a fever!

    I quickly dumped that guy.

    Quack.
     
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    "Kickbacks"?

    You'll have to expand on that.

    You don't need a narcotic for a sprained ankle. Unless you were looking in the medical record of the woman in the next cubicle (a felony) you have no idea what she was being treated for.
     
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    Crackdown on Doctors Who Take Kickbacks - NYTimes.com

     
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    Right. Kickbacks are illegal as the should be. The vast majority of physicians don't incorporate illegal actions in their practice.
     
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    Every time I try to buy some cardiac drugs from the guys on the street around where I live all they want to sell me is either pot or crack.
     
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    Doctors have a responsibility toward the patients for whom they are prescribing. If they are going to prescribe controlled substances, they have to be responsible for monitoring the use, side effects, and effectiveness of the substances they prescribe. This has become a serious problem. You cannot simply cast blame at the feet of the patient. When someone is handing someone a powerfully addictive and chemically brain altering substance to a patient, they are assuming the responsibility of monitoring , treating and realizing the potential addictive nature and powerfully altering substance that they are prescribing. There are useful, necessary and good legitimate uses for opioids, benzos and other medications. They have helped millions of people to ease pain, suffering and treat conditions. But, it needs to be looked at. Perhaps some of these medications should be dispensed weekly instead of giving someone a 6 month supply. When the scrips are filled and other computer data information of other medications filled by the patient shoud be part of the doctor's file and monitoring. It really wouldn't be hard to know if a patient is getting multiples of the same medication from different doctors. The fact that we somehow need 24 hour pharmacies on every corner tells me that the medical and pharmaceutical industry has simply turned a blind eye and are more interested in pushing than alleviating whatever the presenting ailment was in the first place. Perhaps these medications should NOT be prescribed by GPs or others who are not Specialists in their dispensing. And, certainly, perhaps it is time especially for doctors to have to refer patients with a history of addiction to an Addiction Specialist if they need things like opioids, etc who then should manage them.
     
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    But, i would say the vast majority of physicians are truly trying to do what they believe is in the patient's best interests. However, it is time for the medical community to start realizing this is a serious problem, is harming and not helping and to start to research and come up with better protocols and evidence based practice on how best to treat, monitor and manage when these medications are employed.
     
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    Pain management doctors won't see the uninsured. Addiction specialists are usually psychiatrists and far removed from medical management. I really don't think banning doctors from prescribing narcs is the answer. For acute pain they are great. The problem is when they are used for chronic pain.

    The medical community knows this is a problem. All the evidence and clinical guidelines are in place. The problem is getting people to adhere to them.
     
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    All the evidence and clinical guidelines are in place. The problem is getting people to adhere to them.

    No. "All the evidence and clinical guidelines" are NOT in place. Medicine is an evolving and changing field and protocols and guidelines are reevaluated based on research, evidence, patient safety and so forth. Just because there are current protocols in place doesn't mean we don't update, have new recommedations or whatever. There are serious and potentially fatal consequences to patients and this has come to light.
    As for the "no insurance" point, obviously patients are seeing doctors and getting these meds from somewhere either insured or uninsured. That has nothing to do with whether or not safer protocols need to be enacted. We don't see GPs prescribing chemotherapy. Letting every doctor have carte blanche on every medication may be allowed but we have seen that specialities have arisen and that as fields become more specialized, then certain medications become the domain of certain specialities. And, my point is for KNOWN ADMITTED ADDICTS like Whitney or Michael or JoeBlow, that these patients should be referred to doctors equipped to treat, manage and monitor. Not saying every healthy patient would require that to get an anxiety pill or whatever but that it is time to make changes.
     

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