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Old 07-07-2014, 08:36 PM   #15
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When it comes to patients needing pain medications, you're assumed to be guilty until proven innocent. All the young pill heads have screwed up the system, and they've found Candymen physicans willing to sell their souls for the almighty dollar.

So much of the regulations are state by state. My wife's doctor was recently called on the carpet by Alabama because so many of his patients are elderly in nursing homes or have had broken hips, etc. He asked my wife to go to a real pain management clinic to free up prescriptions that he can write for invalids.

Alabama doctors are very, very hesitant to write scripts for pain medication because (1) they're being watched closely by the state and (2) they're afraid of being sued for malpractice. Our state's juries award incredibly high civil judgments across the board--and there's serious need for tort reform here.

In Tennessee, the pain clinic conducts drug tests every month on my wife. And they count pills on every monthly visit. They do no post date prescriptions and they're written to specific pharmacies only.

In other words, there's no way we'll ever be able to be away for more than 4 weeks at a time from home.

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Old 07-07-2014, 08:54 PM   #16
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Keep your prescriptions at your regular pharmacy and have them ship them to you.

My SO takes two different 'rare' drugs that pharmacies have to special order. She also get's narcotics on rare occasions and all this is done by having them shipped from our home-town pharmacy. Shipping is free, fast and efficient, we just call them and give them a new address every 30 days.

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Old 07-07-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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I have been on Fentanyl for almost 10 years and a full time RVer for 3 years. At first I was having my OK doc mail me the written script every month and could have it filled in most states. Most pharmacies would want to call the doc to verify, so I made sure I went during workday hours. I'd see him once a year for my annual physical. Then the OK laws changed that he could only prescribe if I came in for an office visit monthly.

I'm now on Medicare and with an HMO in Washington State. They will mail me a 3 month supply and no mention has been made of required office visits.

Each state has different laws and different requirements. The trick is figuring out what they are and which will work for you. Good luck!

If you are buying meds without insurance, as I did for 2.5 years, Walmart and Sam's Club had the best prices. Local pharmacies and Walgreens were the most costly. Medicare has been a real dose of good medicine to my budget.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:21 PM   #18
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It's a shame that we have to suffer, that's the gov't way. If people want to abuse drugs-let them, they will anyway. Don't make everyone's life more difficult. Tell your Congressperson by downloading the app BHeard and connect with them easily and give them a piece of your mind. Of enough of us do it we will have an effect. We need less gov't.

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