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Are Some Doctors Abusing The New Medication Policy


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I ran out of 2 of my meds, one pain and one blood pressure. When I called to see if he would do a new script I was cited the new policy and told he would do neither. I started feeling bad a couple days ago and when I saw my lung specialist at the VA my blood pressure was 158/110. I told her about my doctor saying he would not write either script and she immediately gave me the blood pressure pill. I don't know if it was just to me since I had complained to the patient advocate in the past because the doctor had accused me of selling my drugs on why I was treated this way. The earliest they said that they could get me in was the 14th and that was a week and a half ago. I did my labs and drug test today so I am sure next Friday he will be accusing me of selling them again and I will have to go another round with the patient advocate and him. Has anyone else had these kind of issues with their VA docs.

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Yes, no idiot doctor has accused me of selling drugs but they say I am opiate dependent. That is true since the VA is responsible for getting me dependent for last 8 years. Unless, you have a dirty drug test or the test shows you are not using the opiates then this doctor is committing malpractice. However, the process of proving it will probably require a lawyer. Do you have other insurance? If you start to go into withdrawal demand to be admitted to the hospital to help with symptoms. Almost all the pain doctors are now against use of narcotics for chronic pain in 2014. A few years ago they were handing them out like candy. I would go to advocate and then to chief of medical services. unless they have evidence that you are selling your drugs they are violating your rights and medical ethics. They are doing harm which is against the oath they take besides the one secret one where they ask God to make them rich. the duds end up at the VA and are bitter and hate their patients. Is your doctor foreign?

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Its pretty bad at my VAMC & I Don't look for it to get any better.

I don't think I could take a VA doc accusing me selling my meds I'd sure report him/her...these VA Dr have there a## stuck in that computer and don't truly listen to the vet,,,just say things like well all vitals look ok little borderline on this or that and usually they tell ya I' renewed your meds & ask you to sit on the beach breath in-out while they probe that stefscope all over, that's pretty much it..I'm getting not to trust them...don't know what to do about it

I am at the point where I make my Dr say things twice three times just making sure I heard him it pisses him off but I try to make my exams count not to just get my meds scripts but making sure I don't have other medical problems and this last year I complain about urination dribble he check my prostate and found it swollen which I never knew...now taking meds for that.

I'm up to the Plastic Gallon Baggie now to carry them In

I was hoping a few years ago when the Government started shutting down all the bases with Vet Centers and Hospitals and only have a few open to only over crowd them..I mean it takes a good hour to find a place to park...I was thinking the VA would make a change and contract out a lot of vets to go to a private Dr. but this meds change is for them too!

So what happens next??

It has to get a lot worse before it gets better I just hope no vet loses his/her life over all this.

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The doctor I saw Thursday was so great about everything. I imagine they will ask about me selling them again because my drug screen will be clean since it will be 2 weeks since my last dose when I see him. He is an American guy but a bit of a jerk. He only works three days a week because he said he could retire early and just work for fun. He does the computer visit too. I am making a list of stuff to talk about this time.

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The VA Pharmacy is severely dysfunctional

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I agree, severely dysfunctional. I went in Saturday to see the doc and he prescribed me a new medicine and it needed to start right then, but the pharmacy is closed on Saturdays. It has been 4 days since my last dose of pain medicine and I am really starting to feel bad. Withdraws and pain at the same time is not a fun thing.

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