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Back when I first joined this site as a member, there was another person here who worked as a nurse in an emergency room. Her screen name was "ERNURSE". She and I had a lot in common given our occupations paralleled one another and we've kept up with each other over the years.
Her story took a bad turn after having spinal surgery with her surgeon using BMP2. After her fusion, she kept getting sick and her back pain was more intense after surgery than before. Fast forward a few years...BMP2 was found to cause bone overgrowth which encapsulated nerve roots causing intractable pain. Additionally, it was discovered that BMP2 could cause bone cancer. Unfortunately for her, she suffered from both. She has been treated (successfully) for the cancer. After many years of trying to get help and find a doctor that she was comfortable with, she found a PM in St. Louis, MO. She just recently had a pain pump installed. She went to Meijer to get her post surgical medications filled and a pharmacist there refused to fill a script from her surgeon for hydrocodone. Keep in mind, when a pump is installed, it is done with saline and not pain meds. That is so they can test the unit and get it flowing without possibly causing an OD. The pharmacist said he didn't agree with her getting more meds that what she was usually getting before her surgery. She explained the hydrocodone was for post surgical pain and written by a Board Certified Pain Management Physician/Surgeon. The surgeon even called the pharmacist to answer any questions he may have about her getting the medication. The pharmacist still refused to fill her prescription. She eventually had to go to another pharmacy to get the medication.
"ERNURSE" is not the type to sit around and whine. She has endured more pain than the average person should ever have to experience. We both understand that pharmacists can choose not to fill a script if they choose, but when the physician who did the surgery calls and attests that she needs the medication and he still refuses to fill the script, at what point can the argument be made that he is practicing medicine without a license? It's important to also point out that this is the pharmacy she normally got her pain meds filled in the past. It's not like she shops around for places to fill her prescriptions. If she were a new patient and the doctor was a stranger to the pharmacy, then I could see why the pharmacist would be skeptical. But that wasn't the case.
DavidG, another member on the site just had a neighbor end her life because her meds were cut off by her doctor to "try" something new. At some point there has got to be a correction in the path we are all being forced to walk. The drug problem we have is illegal drugs coming into the states. It's been doing this for years despite the efforts of dedicated law enforcement agents. The spike in OD's and subsequent deaths are not chronic pain patients selling their meds. All of the evidence is right in front of the decision makers, but they keep pushing an ideology that is flawed. Some how, some way we need for someone in politics at a high level that has the moxie to get a change made needs to do just that. The entire "Opioid Movement" right now is similar to the burning of books in pre WWII by the Nazi's. That is, a flawed mentality that is built up as the right thing to do in order to influence the masses. Some may say my characterization of book burning as extreme, but I think it represents the problem we are all seeing with the hysteria our media and government are pushing on us.
Thanks for enduring my rant! Happy Saturday!