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Old 02-23-2010, 09:40 AM   #1
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too many rx's?

I'm new to the boards and would like to ask if anyone could enlighten me as to: if being rx'd oxycodone every 15 days (30, taking 2 per day, which is 2 prescriptions per month or every 15 days) would be considered too many prescriptions? Medical insurance paid huge % of cost. My DR. was discaplined by state medical board of and told to surrender license...I can see nothing illegal about this whatsoever and I know prescribing laws due to being a medcal assistant. Thank you.

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: too many rx's?

Hello imjamm and welcome to the boards.

In reading your post, nothing unusual in prescribing that amount of percocet. The dose is certainly on the lower spectrum and you frequently see much higer doses being prescribed. Having said that, you are not the only patient your doctor is prescribing drugs to.

Is it documented in your medical records the reason for taking these meds? Have diagnostic test been done? The DEA has really gotten tough on doctors who rx narcotics. If he is prescribing percocet to many many patients and there is no documentation to back up the reasons for doing so. This could be a very serious problem.

While your dose is reasonable, with all due respect, you don't know what he is doing with all his other patients. If he has been asked to surrender his liscense, I am sure they have a good reason for doing so.

Did your doctor tell you himself that he is loosing his liscense? Some states monitor the prescribing practices of physicians very diligently, while others not so much.

I wasn't much help, but I have a feeling there is more to the story where this doctor is concerned.

Good luck and let us know how things turn out.


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I agree with the bullymom. The amount you are being prescribed and for a documented pain condition it would be completely justified and it's definitely not what be considered an excessive amount of medication. Whatever is going on with your Doctor's license must have to do with other patients and prescribing practices relating to them.

Have you been able to locate another Doctor to treat your pain condition.

I hope everything works out for you.

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I strongly agree with Fiona Jo and Bullymom. Your meds are below average in the grand scheme of things. Something is going on with other patients and you're getting caught in the crossfire.

If it were me, I'd ask what's going on....You have a right to know. I'm sure your access to the Doc is probably limited, but you could ask a nurse and / or receptionist...I'm sure they know. In fact, the local pharmacists probably know, so you could ask yours.

I hope you're able to find another Doc. I'd move quickly whereas you don't have any disruption in care. Hopefully, since you're in the med field, someone can get you in rather quickly.

Best of luck to you.



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If your doctor lost his license it wasn't because of your extremely small dose. He has done something way beyond that and they apparently have been watching him for a long while.

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He has done something way beyond that and they apparently have been watching him for a long while.
Not necessarily....In today's PM climate, all it takes is one patient for something to happen....Get caught selling meds, die from an OD, make allegations against the Doc, & etc. The bottom line is that we could speculate all day long on what it was. But in reality, it doesn't take much anymore for the DEA to temporarily suspend a Doc's license.

We had a Doc in my town who lost her license to Rx controlled meds. A patient got caught selling their meds and the DEA began investigating the Doc and they shut her down for some type of Medicare infraction re: filing claims and etc...Not keeping adequate records....Something very minor. The story was all over the news and even showed the DEA carrying out boxes of files from her office while patients were in the waiting room. Could you imagine such a thing? How embarrassing.

Her license was suspended for 6 months and come to find out the patient acted alone and there was no correlation back to the Doc in terms of any wrong doing. She got a small fine for the Medicare part. Clearly, the DEA was trying to find more things and probably thought they would....Judging by the qty of stuff they carried out of that office.

She resumed her family practice pretty quickly, but couldn't Rx controlled meds for 6 months. I got the whole scoop from my pharmacist. He commented many times over about how much of a scam job it was on the Doc and how the DEA over reacted. All because of one careless, idiot patient. This is exactly why Docs have gotten tough with patients re: UAs and etc., so this type of thing doesn't happen to them. I can certainly understand why some Docs (especially GPs) don't Rx the CIIs.....Send them on to PMs and let them deal with the risk.



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