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Posted by MLWhitworth, MD on May 04, 2000 at 20:46:34:

In Reply to: Dr. Whitworth...opinion... posted by kimberly on May 04, 2000 at 11:45:08:

We adopted a policy that we do not refill meds except during appointments. This has cut down by 75% the telephone calls we received. Also we adopted a policy that unless it is a life threatening emergency, we do not take calls at night. This has cut down calls by 99%. As for lost meds, we do weight the past veracity and compliance of patients in our script writing. One lost or stolen med episode is forgiven if there is a legitimate excuse. The second time, we will be happy to prescribe drugs to ameliorate withdrawal symptoms, but no narcotics until the next visit. If there is any evidence of diversion or abuse, we immediately discharge the patient from our practice back to their primary care physician, since all my patients are sent by referral only.
: Hello Doctor... I was wondering how you would treat a patient who you knew to ALWAYS play by the rules, i.e. take their meds as they should and never abuse them in any way, who then had an accident where some of their meds were lost. I ended up hospitalized due to a flare up in my condition, and then it came out to pain doc who was on call to sign me out, that I did not have meds until my visit the next Friday. My doc gave me a serious lecture and said there was ONE chance only. I know I am ultimately responsible for the meds I take, and I took responsibility for it, and said it would never happen again, because, frankly, I will treat my meds like they were gold. I am hoping that my doc will keep his word, as I always keep mine. How would you have handled this type of situation? Thanks for your input.....Kimberly

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