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Can a PCP tell the Specialist that only the PCP can give Pain Meds

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Pain Medications
I had some cysts on my back that were right wear the bra strap is located. I went to my PCP and she referred me to a specialist. I need to get a refill of the medication. Called the specialists office and was told the PCP put a note in my file saying she is only one allowed to prescribe pain meds. I called her office for 3 days and she will not even return my phone call. Mind you I have been in pain for 5 days. It took 2 days to find out why the specialist would not refill and then 3 days of waiting for the PCP to call back which she never did. Is this legal? Can she tell the specialist who did the surgery not to prescribe meds only her?
Thank you for your quick response anyone!


  • that the specialist has to follow the primary's orders...its just established etiquette. but the primary didnt communicate with you so i would fire s/he. no need for no communication... find a dr who talks....
  • Yes, she can do that. If you have an agreement with her regarding pain medication or there is some history that we don't know about. Do you have a pain contract with her?
    If I were you, I would call her office again , and either request that she call you or you make an appointment to 1. find out why she put that note in your file, and 2. why you have not recieved a return phone call.
  • I did not have an agreement with the PCP,nor did she tell me that she would be the one prescribing the medication. I found out about the note in my file through the specialist when I went to get a refill. I finally got a call back from the PCP and she stated she was not going to provide any pain meds. If so,then how can she tell the specialist that she will provide the pain meds and then not do it? I think this is unethical and immoral. Besides, I am in pain the whole 5 days waiting to find out who is going to provide me with some relief? I finally called the doctor on call for the specialist last night and finally got some sleep last night!!
  • It certainly sounds like your PCP wants to run the whole show so to speak, and ensure that only she can prescribe pain killers. Why won't she give you pain meds since you had surgery? It doesn't make sense. I'd set up an appt to see her personally and find out exactly what's the problem. Take care
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