DEA Urges FDA to Restrict Painkillers

DEA Urges FDA to Restrict Painkillers

imagesIn a highly unusual move for a federal agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has publicly urged the Food and Drug Administration to change the labeling requirements for opioid painkillers.

In a March 20 letter to the FDA, the DEA expressed support for a citizen petition filed last summer by Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), which calls for major changes in the way opioids are prescribed to help end a wave of prescription drug abuse and deaths.

“The DEA is concerned about the potential public health risks resulting from the abuse of opioid drug products. Additional regulatory measures are necessary for opioid formulations to adequately safeguard the American public,” wrote Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator of the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control.

Typically, interagency letters of this magnitude would be addressed to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Rannazzisi’s letter was addressed to “Whom It May Concern” at the FDA’s Dockets Management Branch.

Rannazzisi’s letter expressed concern about continuing reports of opioid diversion, drug-related emergency room admissions, and the slow pace of FDA action to address prescription drug abuse.

“DEA previously requested FDA to consider additional regulatory measures such as restrictions on prescribing, marketing practices and clinical indications for these opioid products,” Rannazzisi wrote. “The DEA hopes that FDA will implement suitable measures, such as labeling revisions, to help mitigate the adverse impact on the public health resulting from abuse of these products.”

The FDA currently approves most opioid analgesics for “moderate to severe pain.” The PROP petition would eliminate the word “moderate” and would restrict opioid prescriptions to no more than 90 days for non-cancer pain. Doctors would still be able to prescribe opioids “off-label” after 90 days, although critics contend many physicians would be unwilling to do that.

“It’s unusual for a federal agency to weigh in supporting an advocacy group’s citizens petition. Typically federal agencies advocate with each other behind the scenes, not publicly, so I think it’s highly significant,” PROP co-founder Dr. Andrew Kolodny told National Pain Report.

“And I think it suggests there is tremendous frustration with FDA’s repeated failures on this issue, frustration at DEA and elsewhere in government and among the public. I think that’s why you’re seeing this. I was very pleasantly surprised.”

The FDA is also coming under pressure from Congress to take stronger measures against prescription drug abuse. Two recent bills introduced on Capitol Hill would make it harder to obtain Vicodin and other hydrocodone painkillers, and would require generic opioid painkillers coming on the market to have tamper resistant features.

“You’ve got Congress and DEA both reacting to the same problem which is that you’ve got an epidemic getting worse and you’ve got the Food and Drug Administration failing to properly enforce existing laws,” Kolodny said.

Authored by: Pat Anson, Editor

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J.M.Bradley

I had to stop reading the posts because they made me so sad. I am going on day 5 of looking for someone to fill my prescription for 15mg of oxycodone 4 times a day. It has taken me years of p.t. and reducing meds while working hard to find the lowest dose I can tolerate and still function. I hate that patients who have put in the work to get a proper diagnoses and tratment are being lumped together with obvious abusers. Anyone who has worked to get a legitamite diagnoses knows how much work and time it takes to get the medical profession to believe you. Crack down on the over prescibers( doctors who only prescribe pain med without other therapy). Good luck and God bless to you all…

Christina R

Legitimate Pain patients are being effected by DEA. They say that there not out to hurt us. When you can’t fill your Medications because the DEA is controlling what gets shipped into the pharmacies. How are you not hurting legitimate patients?
Also having seminars to teach pharmacist how to judge a person who they may not know nothing about. Pharmacist can’t read medical records so how can you ask them to choose between patients.

WHAT THE DEA AND FDA ARE DOING IS A VIOLATION AGAINST OUR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
We need to write to the department that handles human rights in New York. Tell your story of how bad the pain is that you go threw everyday. How not having access to pain medications with legal prescriptions is a form of tortured in our own bodies.

ginbug

I have been in pain my whole life(40+yrs) as I was born with my condition. As of right now, there is no cure nor any real treatment that would fix me. I have been taken to countless docs and had them do some horrific things to me that did nothing besides make things much worse! Until a cure or treatment comes along the only thing that keeps me sane is my pain meds. Unlike what most clueless people think, I do not nor have I ever felt any kind of buzz or high feeling from my meds. I am also not even close to being “pain free” as I would have to take enough to keep me knocked out all the time; but it takes the edge off and makes it bearable so I don’t feel like I want to die every second of everyday! This is all just a big bunch of bull as they have waged a war on not only docs; but some very sick and hard suffering patients! I cannot understand why they are making this so much harder than it needs to be! There will ALWAYS be people that will abuse and take advantage of anything and everything and there is nothing that can be done about that; but for the majority, there are things that can be done that would be of benefit for all. The most simple thing that they could that would have the biggest impact would be to make ALL pain docs/clinics just like any other specialist, a referral only doc. and not be able to take ANY walk ins!!! A chronic illness takes time to diagnose with regular on going docs that get to know you and your condition. I also believe that long term use of pain meds should only be considered as an absolute last option! This is where I believe things got out of control for both docs and patients. Not everyone that has some pain should be put on heavy duty long term pain meds. You and your doc need time to determine if you have acute or chronic pain and what would work best for that pain. This is how so many that started out with real pain, became addicted. The use and difference between long term and short term pain meds is huge! Drugs like oxycontin should NEVER be given for acute pain or be given for short term use like an accident or surgery! That is what drugs like vicoden & percocet were made for. Oxycontin has the same narcotic as percocet (oxycodone) even though they have the same drug, they are not used the same way. Oxycontin is a high mg. long term drug as it is made to stay level in you blood stream around the clock as it takes 8 to 12 hrs. to get through your body, which makes it perfect for chronic pain as a steady level will work better for the pain long term. Percocet on the… Read more »

Joyce Bartoli

If it were not for pain meds controlled monthy by my physician I would be in bed with pain and never want to get up . Possibly I would commit suicide. I have had doc’s want to over medicate me for years , finally i have a family doc that we have worked very hard for the perfect meds . I am allergic to all anti inflammatories but i suffer with arachnoiditis , trigeminal & occipital neuralgia , migraines , fibromyalgia ,lymphedema , neuropathy and a spinal column that is a mess from neck to tail bone along with scoliosis . How would the DEA suggest we treat this after 90 days of meds . Nicotine & alcohol are a much bigger problem in this country . Is the government ready to step in and say in 90 days they will no longer be aloud in this country. What a savings to the health care system eventually , and a beginning to healthy America . As a government why not work on that , and leave my healthcare to my doctor.

Dawn Marie G

This is so ridiculous. You cannot BABYSIT every adult in the country! If the people who want to abuse drugs WANT to abuse drugs they will find drugs to abuse!! If not prescription drugs, it will be street drugs, or inhaling a damned can of paint from the hardware store! Sorry if some people have family members who are a*holes and ruin their lives and kill themselves! These meds are medical tools that MANY people out there need to survive and function!! The government needs to quit wasting time and resources on this and focus on something that MATTERS!! Like rape, child abuse, murders, etc!

Doc ForthePeople

DEA has failed miserably to control the real drug dealers on the streets and at the borders. But pain victims and the dwindling number of doctors willing to see them for chronic management of chronic pain are easy targets. The current DEA and state medical board tactics of attacking doctors who treat predominantly CHRONIC pain patients is like shooting sitting ducks! No wonder so many doctors who call themselves “pain specialists” have turned to practicing injections only when it comes to pain medicine. These shots are of limited benefit in the long run. And just look what the shot explosion, fertilized if not cultivated by the DEA, has brought us: 730 chronic pain victims with known inoculation with medication tainted by fungus, and at least 50 have died so far. Almost 14,000 victims, ALL with chronic pain, have been inoculated with medication probably tainted by fungus and that is probably the tip of the iceberg! Chronic pain victims are already held hostage by their unmerciful disease, and now enters the DEA into manipulating the field of medicine, creating a climate in which the hostages of the disease are now being eliminated by the remaining treatments! Sad and terrifying in my opinion.

WHAT REALLY GETS ME, THAT THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED THEM AFTER THERE SO CALLED 90 DAYS, REALLY SO YOUR SAYING “GEE SORRY LADY I KNOW YOUR DIEING OF CANCER AND ALL BUT YOU DID YOUR LIMIT?!!
ONCE AGAIN THE GOVERNMENT NOW CONTROL OUR HEALTH AND NOT THE LOCAL DOCTOR TRYING TO SAVE LIVES, PEOPLE OLDER THERE BODY ARE WEAKER OR VERY NEAR DEATH IN MONTHS, SURE THE NURSE VISIT AT ?
TO GIVE THEM A SHOT BUT SUFFER TO WAIT UNTIL SHE COMES AROUND, I DON’T THEM (PEOPLE) GOING OUT OF THE COUNTRY WHO WILL..BLAME THE PEOPLE THAT ABUSE THEM AND DOCTORS, BUT WHY DO WE ALL AS A NATION UNDER GOD WHO RELY ON THEM HAVE TO ALSO PAY THE PRICE, BUT THE POOR CAN’T AFFORD THE PRICE FOR THEM AND GENERIC IS A JOKE, THE ASPIRIN INTAKE IS MORE THEN THE PAIN MEDICATION IT HAS.

THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLS THE NATION THESE ELECTED PEOPLE AND THERE ARE A FEW MEN, CAN BRING THIS NATION TO THERE KNEES AND DOING A GOOD JOB AT IT,

SOON THE BLACK MARKET ON THE RISE AS PEOPLE ON A FIXED INCOME LIMIT S.S FIND WHAT EVER THEY CAN FIND WHAT THEY NEED TO EASE THERE PAIN, THEN TO ENDED ALL,
AND THAT’S WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN KEEP CUTTING WAY INTO ALMOST NON-AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE.

WE CANT EVEN FEED OUR OWN NATION LET ALONE ANOTHER, GOV. SHOULD CLEAN UP HOUSE FIRST BEFORE WE HELP ANOTHER COUNTRY,
MORE BABY’S TO FEED, MORE HOMELESS MOTHERS WITH THERE KIDS THEY CAN’T CARE FOR BUT FORCE TO HAVE BECAUSE COULD NOT PAY FOR ABORTION, OR HELP PAY SOME OF IT.

IF EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA HAD A GOOD HOME AND A GOOD FAMILY LIFE, THE I WOULD BE AGAINST IT,

BUT OUR JOB’S WENT OVERSEAS,
LAID OFF FROM THE FACTORY,
THE TERM “MADE IN AMERICA” IS RARELY SEEN, FOR THE SAKE OF CHEEP….
RICH GETS RICHER IN THE GOVERNMENT AND COMPANIES THAT SENT OUR WORK OVERSEAS AND THE POOR MAN LOST EVERYTHING…MANY THERE OWN LIVES. AND TAKEN THERE FAMILY’S WITH THEM IF THEY WANT TO OR NOT…
I WILL SAY THIS MUCH IT’S NOT THE PRESIDENT’S FAULT HE’S DOING THE BEST IT’S THE ONES WE HAVE ELECTED TO BE IN WASHINGTON FOR OUR STATE,
RICH AND POOR CONTINUES TO FIGHT ONE ANOTHER AND GREED WILL ALWAYS WIN.
WHITEBEANCORN

Jeffery Large

I have coproporphyria which has ravaged my body for many, many years. If the FDA, THE FDA that suppresses cancer treatments PROVEN to work (CBT-1 for example) does this to the opiates that make life bearable for me they, my own government, will illegally attempt to revoke my RIGHT to life and a pursuit of sanity if not happiness.

I and everyone in my position will be left with a months dose and NOTHING to lose. I would take it as a declaration of War against Sovereign U.S. Citizens who are disabled by pain. It is the GOVERNMENT overseeing the amount of oxycontin that Purdue, Inc. makes. They reap huge profits. Our government is hooked on drug money, both selling it and arresting the users. Those of us who are the REAL ones in medical need have to fight for our medications.

I lived in Mexico, once upon a time. That is the way it is there. I have seen a lot of things. You have to bribe everyone in the chain or just break the law and get heroin. THAT is where we are here…except instead of heroin we have 100 times the pills we really need. Hmmm. Where DO they all come from? A secret lab in Mexico? You guess. While they torture American Citizens. Doctors, pharmacists and PATIENTS.

The Florida “pill mills” were mob operations never meant to get caught. How many big-time clinic owners got into trouble? The DEA were one step behind ATF and…other three-letter groups that should know better.

It works like this: Afghan and Indonesian farmers working with US troops, CIA handlers and CIA contract companies the raw opium is concentrated using high-quality labs. This allows a double-bonus…Thebaine, a poisonous constituent of opium (about 5% by weight) is converted in labs in the US, Europe, Mexico and South America into OXYCODONE.

This has allowed the US to switch to a “pill” paradigm where illegal drugs are concerned…all overseen with loving eyes by the social planners deep in the chambers of the rich, the elite. Rothschilds, Saxe-Cobergs, Bushes, a Sultan here, an Emperor, there. No “nations…just a world…to be kept in slavery-bondage no matter what you do. If you get sick and hurt, they simply don’t give a damn.

Who’s land is this, anymore? I don’t care anymore “who is at fault” although I know who. If they keep pushing the American people into serfdom with eugenics parading as care it is time to use what time you have and get what you need to live without depriving another of the same.

Is this America, anymore? The DEA has NO MANDATE to effect medical policy. Go follow some CIA agents as they distribute.

matt hawkins

Why should this even be happening. I am 12 years now with rsd . Instead of policing Dr’ s. Like they should,there policing PEOPLE IN NEED . Where is my right to live in a pain free as possible way. Why do people let this happen, it’s cuz they lost the war on drugs and need something to control. This is a great time as we’re getting alot of wounded warriors back from the battle field’s. Are government is supposed TO WORK FOR US,when did that stop happening,why. Drs r NOT God’s SEND SOME TO prison IT Will stop this abuse.

P. Rogers

The most abused drug in America is alcohol. It has taken more lives through death, disease and ruin than any other. No one needs it to live. Yet it fills our store shelves, requiring no prescription, no limits on quantities or brands, nothing more than a proof-of-age ID. That’s because efforts at prohibition conclusively prooved that people can always concoct and consume this substance. Now, many authorities try to limit, and even prohibit, the use of pain killers. This substance — which unlike alcohol– has a critical role in keeping tens of millions of people in chronic pain from withdrawing from life, suffering from otherwise incurable depression, comitting self-harm and even killing themselves. I know this from personal experience, as well as from professionally interviewing, reading about and writing about countless other patients and physicians. If access to prescription painkillers for chronic pain is virtually prohibited, the results will be that many criminals and drug abusers will concoct and consume unregulated drugs. Tens of thousands do already. But for those law-abiding millions who need these medicines when nothing else works, there will be nothing. Certainly not the colorfully stocked, crowded shelves of infinitely flavored, unprescribed booze. Not the billions of boot-legged narcotics that already exist. Only the soothing but ultimately empty words Of the sympathetic but fearful physicians.

Stephanie

I was in a car accident in 2005. At age 25 I was left with 7 herniated discs ( 4 in my neck & 3 at the bottom of my spine). I also have a bunch of bone spurs, spinal stenosis, and deal with DAILY migraines as well as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I take pain medicine because I need it. Do you think I wanted my life completely shattered, to be unable to work, to be unable to do ANY of the things I use to love & enjoy??? The only people this law will affect are the ones who are truly suffering. People who are “addicts” don’t generally follow the law. This is unreal. People like me struggle to make it through EACH day. You have no right to interfere with people’s treatments. I hope someday soon, all you people who want to “help” and play BS Politics with peoples lives get to know how we feel FIRST HAND. That will be your Karma for playing with peoples lives for politics, not to help!

Sandy A. S.

I am a chronic pain patient due to a car accident 13yrs ago. My fight with pain started many years before (fractured skull behind left ear, FM/CFS) that but it was 13yrs ago that was the final straw.

I am in North East Florida and working with my Congressman on this issue/raising his awareness so he can help all of us. He was a veterinarian for 20+ years so his understanding of controlled substances is probably better than most politicians as his job required him to sometimes carry large amounts to treat live stock/horses in the field.

This insane mission that PROP is on does nothing to curb diversion/abuse and addiction and targets pain patients directly.
Read between the lines here – PROP considers this a win, it sounds like PROP-propaganda. Let’s see who funds Kolondry’s group.

Andy lastname

Why would anybody pray that Andrew Kolodny does not become inflicted with a disease that causes severe chronic pain? I pray every day that he gets a painful chronic disease like arachnoiditis or trigeminal neuralgia. If anybody needs a life changing experience, it is him. Why should pain patients and their doctors and advocates listen to healthy people like him sitting in an ivory tower? People like him don’t know what it is like to have your life ripped away and destroyed by chronic pain. They don’t understand how chronic pain can ruin families and relationships. What are chronic pain patients suppose to do? It has been proven time and time again that opioids are effective and safe for treating a wide range of painful medical conditions. If opioids can prevent people from feeling pain during invasive surgeries that take hours, then they can obviously treat chronic pain. Why should pain patients be punished for the criminal actions of drug abusers? I can’t help but wonder what if other classes of medications were able to be abused? What if people could get “high,” from heart medicines or antibiotics? Would we deny heart disease patients access to life saving medications or adequate medical care? Would we deny patients with potentially fatal infections antibiotics?Probably not. Yet, many consider this to be a good idea when it comes to chronic pain. If you wouldn’t rip heart medicines away from heart disease patients because they were being abused by criminals, then you shouldn’t do it to chronic pain patients. Last time I checked, the DEA does not employ doctors. They have no business involving themselves in medicine. I would bet that over half of the employees at the DEA couldn’t even pass a high school chemistry test. Are those the type of people we want regulating our medicines and healthcare? That is a job for the qualified professionals at the FDA. If the medicines met the safety standards set by the FDA and the same standards that all other medicines must satisfy, then what is the problem? The FDA clearly based their decisions on science and not emotion. Now we have all sorts of groups,government agencies, and politicians putting pressure on them because they had enough integrity to follow the scientific evidence and not raw emotions.Other medicines used to treat pain, like anticonvulsants and NSAIDS, are far more dangerous in general and more dangerous for long term use. Those classes of medicine usually have more side effects as well. Also, this alleged epidemic is a farce. The numbers for prescription opioid related overdoses and deaths are severely inflated. The rates are far far lower than what is being reported. Over half of the people who overdose or pass away from prescription opioids are abusing other drugs simultaneously as well. Many of them combine alcohol and pain medicines they obtained illegally. Many of them probably would have lived if it were not for the alcohol or combination of other drugs. Yet, only the opioid is… Read more »

Victoria

Dear DEA:
What about us – the chronic pain patients? Are we collateral damage to your “war on drugs” which as someone else called it the “war on pain patients”? You sure seem to show more sympathy for trying to keep meds out of the hands of addicts than those of us who need our medications to live some semblance of a life. Addicts will still find a way to get high regardless of the roadblocks that you want to put up. Those roadblocks hurt us – we suffer even more because of proposed changes such as the sadistic PROP petition. I go to a dr. who is very strict, he does random drug screens, requires medical records, MRIs and other testing before accepting a patient. The drug screens are not just to check for illegal drugs but to also ensure patients are taking what they are prescribed. We sign a contract with the dr. when we have our initial appt. and know the consequences of diverting and/or using illegal drugs. I will never be able to have the life back I used to have, but with my medication I am able to get out of the bed and do a few things. By supporting the PROP petition you are basically saying that I, as well as many other patients in chronic pain do not matter. We are having a hard enough time now as it is finding pharmacies to fill our much needed medications. It is very unfortunate that you really don’t care about us and back a radical group (PROP) that if they get their way will cause us severe, undue suffering and likely many suicides from people who cannot function in excruciating pain. 90 days of pain relief? Really? Then what, we are magically out of pain? Hardly. Please do not continue to overlook us, we matter! We deserve better than this from our government!

Elevan Years

Is CHRONIC PAIN not in the Federal handbook these days? Or perhaps another new one, INTRACTABLE PAIN?

Pain Management is NOT the first stop for those with chronic pain; it is the LAST stop meaning that all other avenues have been explored and/or tried.

When a condition, disease or severe trauma happens to the human body, unfortunately, it does not just cure itself within 90 days. I am mystified that we are deemed unable to work by our government, many, for the rest of our lives, but we are expected by another federal agency to just ‘heal’ or ‘get over it’ within their arbitrary time frame.

Why is anyone even listening to a group like PROP, with not ONE DOCTOR that has actually practiced medicine, treated pain patients (NOT their ‘EMOTIONAL pain’), instead of actual real life practicing doctors like those from PROMPT. Why give so much weight to parents that are taking their grief (and lack of their OWN responsibility) out on those that have NOT BROKEN ANY LAWS, and only want to live as long as they can, with dignity, and SOME quality of live.

This is a DEATH SENTENCE to so MANY–and not just the elderly. Wake up folks,–you all are going, HAVE been going about this all wrong.

Kim Miller

How can we seriously make chronic pain patients suffer by restricting, or cutting off completely, their medications all in an effort to stop prescription drug abuse? What did these patients do to deserve this? Sure, there are some who seek to procure opioids to sell them or to use them in a non-medical fashion, but there are many victims of recent governmental tactics who are being forced to do without pain relief and have very little quality of life as a result. One very sad aspect of this mess the government has made, is patients, doctors, and pharmacists are all paying for what the addicts have caused, while the addicts will simply find another avenue to fulfill their needs. Again, they are missing the point. (Urine drug screen, anyone?)

Patricia Phillips

I have watched my son suffer for over 8 years with with constant severe pain from an incurable and catastrophic illness. I have been there throughout everything he has went through. When there were still pain specialists in this country who treated my son’s severe pain correctly he thrived and was able to live his life! He was happy, even though he had to travel to other states to get the care he needed, he was at least able to do those things.
Now he suffers so severely because in Massachusetts, physicians refuse to treat with opioid medications. There is no help for him anywhere! I am truly afraid he might take his own life at this point! WHY is this happening to so many sick people who desperately need medical treatment? WHY are there doctors lives being destroyed by the drug police for just being caring and compassionate? I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life thinking that we had the best medical care in the country, but chronic pain patients can’t even get basic medical treatment? This is beyond cruel….THIS IS SICK! Without pain relief my son is going to die, I know that now…. I feel so helpless! I just don’t understand how placing more restrictions on these medications, making them impossible for those who legitimately need them will help stop drug abuse? Wont drug addicts just find a different drug to abuse, a drug that’s easy to get on the streets? And by constantly putting up these barriers and countless restrictions on pain relieving opioid medications for LEGITIMATE chronic pain patients aren’t we forcing them to the streets for illegal drugs? It seems obvious to me that the government is either trying to create more addiction and pushing chronic pain patients into the illegal drug trade!! It is scary what this country is doing (torturing) it’s own people! WHY CAN’T ANYONE HELP MY SON AND ALL OF THESE POOR PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH THESE CHRONIC PAIN DISEASES????

C.M. Phillips

Even more barriers are being built to stop chronic pain patients from getting desperately needed, life saving access to adequate pain relief!!! This is a WAR on Pain Patients, not a War on Drugs! This is cruel and unusual punishment, NO different to TORTURE!!! Adequate pain relief is a HUMAN RIGHT!!! Our government is disregarding our RIGHT to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS… our RIGHT to PROPER HEALTH CARE and the RIGHT to QUALITY of LIFE!!! WE pain sufferers are abandoned by the health care system and the very government sworn to protect it’s citizens is FORCING them into SUICIDE, the only way left for many to escape from their constant, severely debilitating pain. How much more agony and abuse must we suffer before something is done to help us?? Pain patients are committing suicide in epidemic numbers but bias government studies report most of these deaths as accidental overdoses by opioids, barely mentioning the dozens of other medications combined with the opioids, both in massive doses to end their suffering permanently! NOT ONE government study has been created on the countless suicides of pain patients who could no longer live in their personal HELL of relentless, unrelieved, chronic pain!!
WE HAVE AN UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO QUALITY PAIN RELIEF AS WELL AS THE FREEDOM FROM THESE IRRATIONAL RESTRICTIONS CAUSING IMMEASURABLE SUFFERING!!! OUR GOVERNMENT CREATING A PAIN PATIENT GENOCIDE!! WE MUST RISE-UP AND TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR COUNTRY, OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AND TAKE BACK THE FREEDOM THIS DEPLORABLE, CORRUPT, GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM IT’S OWN PEOPLE!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO UNITE AND FIGHTBACK!!!!
C.M. Phillips

A.V. Osadnick

What I’ve seen thus far as a result of our state and federal agencies working in conjunction is they have nearly eliminated the “pill mill” industry that was allowed to start and then thrive over these last many years in the state of Florida. This is wonderful on so many levels. However, what has happened as a result is all of this was done with so much emphasis on the criminals and addicts we now have an entire medical profession who once were able to do their jobs based on their education and training afraid to help the people for which such medications were designed. Doctors, pharmacist owners and pharmacist themselves live with concern over each move they make when trying to care or help patients with chronic pain. People all over are suffering needlessly. There exist now a huge and fragile population of people who have been completely left behind. No consideration was given to those who suffer each day from chronic pain brought on by progressive painful conditions. These are people who have documented medical conditions which require daily pain management just so they can live a somewhat productive life on a day to day basis. This also includes accident victims, combat veterans, and host of other conditions which result in pain. It is obvious no plan was in place to ensure these people would not be overlooked and they have. I’ve heard the same situations from these people being repeated over and over. Not just in Florida but other states as well who’ve taken similar measures. Can you imagine being in steady pain and having to drive, or be driven, for hours on end and sometimes day after day, trying to locate a pharmacy who has the medication in stock that your doctor has prescribed? These patients have been with their doctors for years and had been going to the same pharmacies for just as long. Those who have insurance have been told by some places they can not take the insurance any longer but they will take cash. Then the markup is so high they can’t afford the medicine or must choose between paying their bills or having pain medication to live inside their own bodies? The FDA I am told has limited the amount of certain pain relief medications the wholesalers are allowed to ship into Florida. Some pharmacist and pharmacies have been targeted, some shut down, others have been punished in some other form based on the amount of medications they have filled in the past for pain patients. I’ve no doubt that greed at that level existed and probably still does to some extent. But again, I have to ask was done or is in place to ensure those who suffer with chronic pain while law enforcement has been taking care of a problem that should NEVER been allowed to flourish to start with? As I see it from listening or reading the stories of hundreds of people, nothing was considered in advance.… Read more »

Marianne Marden

Dr. Andrew Kolodny needs to live in my shoes for a week. I pray he never has to suffer chronic pain for the rest of his life! I am a responsible patient and have a responsible pain medicine certified physician who sees me and monitors me every single month. I am tired of the DEA interfering in my life. It is the physicians who need to be responsible. Why should we have to suffer because others are not!

Mary Ellen Faysal

I’ve been living in severe pain for over 28 years. If It wasn’t for my pain medication, I’d be in a wheelchair. I never over medicate and I,never share my medication. I do think some drs hand out medication to people who dont need It which is so frustrating. I’d rather be in some pain, take less medication, but still have my mind aand know where and what i’m doing at all times.

If I didn’t have my medication at all, I wouldn’t be able to walk at all.

Chris

This is absolutely ridiculous, yes there is a problem with people abusing narcotics. There always has been and there always will be. But you can’t take it out on the chronic pain patients who actually need these medications to control their severe pain. If I didn’t have medication to control my pain, I would have killed myself a long time ago because of the severity of it. To limit any narcotic prescription to 90 days and then cut the people off is just the wrong way to handle it. You would have many people turn to heroin or getting pills off the street for legitimate causes (which already happens and that is sad) there’s a different way to solve this problem and I don’t know what it is but this is NOT it!!

I think its wrong for PROP to put at risk Pain Specialist jobs that care for people that suffer from chronic pain.Yes we have a problem with people abusing opiates in America but there is a wrong and right way of handling this. Putting all that suffer from chronic pain of losing the only thing that helps them through yet another day of ongoing ,never ending chronic pain is wrong. And putting at risk all Pain Specialist from losing their job caring for those that suffer from chronic pain is it moderate or severe is wrong.
If you have moderate chronic pain and its not treated soon and with compassion it will soon be severe. PROP and Dr. Kolodny that thought up this petition is a Psychiatrist and all he sees is the damage done by opiates.
What are people to do that suffer from chronic pain if PROP’s petition is put in to effect by the FDA. Are we going to let people suffer every day for no good reason.
This petition is flawed that’s why the FDA has not approved it, there are chronic pain condition like Arachnoiditis that is very painful for which there is no cure.
We cant expect people that live with chronic pain conditions to live to suffer each day because PROP has only seen the damage done by opiates.

Regards,
Mark S. Barletta

Joan Coney

I have been a nurse for 44 years and I think the Doctor are at fault. The Drug of choice to be prescribed is always Vicodin. Even in the Nursing homes over half of the patients are on Vicodin. I have always wondered do they get kick backs or something? Even for minor pain it is ordered. When I go to the Doctor I have to ask not to be prescribed Vicodin, and that is rediculous. I agree that an investigation should be started.