The Don’t Punish Pain Rallies that were set for this Friday (March 20th) have been postponed. 44 rallies were set around the country to protest the way chronic pain patients are being treated.
“Because of the coronavirus COVID-19 impact on the strong recommendations that people try to reduce their contact with groups of people, it was prudent to postpone,” said Claudia Merandi, the Rhode Island woman who has launched this movement.
“We will reschedule them once it is ok for people to gather,” said Merandi. “This Friday was promising to be a day where attendance was going to be historic. We will get them next time.”
Merandi did point out that too many pain patients are being required to go into doctors’ offices to renew their pain medication, which is in direct contradiction to the Surgeon General’s direction that all patients should be receiving their medications via telemedicine.
Also, there has been quite a bit of social media chatter regarding the availability of medication. Please let us know if there have been any issues you’ve faced regarding actual supplies—are pharmacists saying we can’t fill because we don’t have the medicine.
Share with us what your experiences have been this week in getting your medication.
What is your doctor telling you?
What is your pharmacist telling you?
What is your insurer telling you?
CORONAVIRUS IMPACT DOESN’T MEAN YOU STOP TRYING TO INFLUENCE POLICY
When you look at what chronic pain and other chronic illness patients are telling the Federal Register about what should be done in the next two contract years, you may want to get involved.
Here are the comments already submitted.
Claudia Merandi and other chronic pain patient advocates are urging more comment to the federal government about what should happen.
Here’s the link—tell them what you think and share with us what you told them.
JOIN DON’T PUNISH PAIN RALLIES.
Here’s the link to the national movement of Don’t Punish Pain Rallies