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VA calls wants to go over pain med i'm prescribed

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recently was called by VA pharm to setup a phone consult with VA pharm to ask questions about the pain med i'm on. (for 10yrs). caller mentioned this is a new protocol for this VA. i've never had this type of call before. usually PCP would generally ask about such things with each visit.

caller mentioned some med, forget the type, something about blood type med. high blood pressure or thinner or something, when i asked what the call was about. i'm not even on that type med that the caller mentioned. can't help but have a sense of suspicion with that reply.

with all the crack down on pain meds in this country, wondering if this is a prelude to them switching gears on me or something. i hear/read these type stories all over the country last few years. anyone else hear about these type VA pharm calls and/or participated in one? what can i expect?

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I think you should get to the bottom of this, and visit your local VA pharmacy.  This is a great question.  

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8 hours ago, broncovet said:

I think you should get to the bottom of this, and visit your local VA pharmacy.  This is a great question.  

i'll see what they say via phone first, it may be nothing, but then again, it just seems odd to me. and you too i see.  i'll check back after call

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I have an answer here.  You have heard of the 'opioid epidemic' this country is experiencing.  As such, the government is tracking down on these and other addictive drugs.  (i.e. benzopyrenes).  This is not necessarily the doing of the VA, but what is required pursuant to collateral government bureaucracy. And so when you identify the drug as 'pain med' I am sure this is but the first step of their changing your routine.

Sadly our government (not just the VA) tends to overreact.  And that is what is going on now.  My dad was dying.  The doctor wrote out a script and gave it to me.  She said right from the start, good luck getting this filled.  It is almost next to impossible.  I lucked out and after a half dozen pharmacies I found one willing to sell the drug.  I do not remember the name but it was an opioid.  So the sick pay the price for the criminal actions of others, a really sad outcome.

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Of course, what Sgt Stelmo says is true.  However, scammers integrate their "scams" into current issues like this, so you have to exercise caution, especially if they ask your SSN.  The VA usually asks for your last 4, scammers want everything.  Best is if you call them, then you know who you are speaking with.  When they call you, they can "spoof" the caller id and make it appear they are with the VA when they are not.  Vets and seniors are targets of scammers, and, usually if something is "odd" then there is a good reason.  The VA cut me off opiates, but I got no phone calls, the doc simply said no more.  

I can not say this is/is not a scam, but I get several calls a month from people claiming to be with "Windows", IRS, etc.etc.  "Microsoft" does not call its users to tell the of a malware infection, so this  is always a scam.    Likewise, va does not call you and ask for your ssn, etc.  They may ask for your "last 4", however.  The last 4 wont help a scammer, but will help VA identify you.  

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