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Dec 3, 2017

I am very worried about my younger sister, who has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS has been shown to be more painful than cancer and other chronic illnesses. After 6yrs, she finally reached a tolerable level of pain vs pain meds that allowed her to have a few "good days." However, due to the new regulations that limit the dose that the doctors can prescribe, she has had to be weaned down on her dose, leaving her in terrible amounts of pain on a daily basis. She can no longer go to as many family functions. She no longer has those few "good days." There needs to be an advocate for people like her, that are not opioid abusers, but live with an amount of chronic pain on a daily basis that most of us could only imagine in our worst nightmares. CRPS - google it, educate yourself.

What if there were something that controlled pain and didn't kill you? Do you think the FDA would advocate for it? Well, there is and they aren't. Instead, they are trying to make a plant illegal that has not ever killed anyone. All while making a synthetic version of the same thing they are trying to ban. The FDA, the DEA, and the health care systems doesn't care about the people. They care about money. Always have. Always will. If they can't control something, they ban it. If they ban it, they kill the other sellers. If they can't kill, they buy out the competition and impose strict laws and guidelines to ensure they ate the only source you are allowed to use.

Dec 6, 2017

I understand that there is an epidemic of abuse but there are some people that suffer from chronic pain. So physician scared to prescribe leave their patients in constant pain, which in turn leads to other issues. Depression becomes prevalent which then drinking begins and so forth. People try to self medicate. This issue needs to come up with a solution for a types of patients.

After a recent lobectomy surgery, I was given a prescription of 5-10 mg oxy q3h. The insurance would not cover the prescription due to the quantity, and I was unable to get anybody on the phone when I stopped at the pharmacy on the way home from the hospital. In addition I was released from the hospital two days early on a Friday afternoon, which saved the insurance company thousands of dollars. If it weren't for a policy the allowed Rite Aid to sell me a prescription of 50 for a cash price, I never would have been able to manage my pain properly. Taking this medication so frequently did cause a slight withdrawal response for 2-3 days following after only taking 5 mg q3 h over a 60-hour period.

Two points:
1. The insurance companies need to distinguish between chronic and immediate need due to a significant event.
2. I am thankful the Rite Aid Pharmacy has the good sense to provide a needed service due to the failure of rage insurance companies allowing these chronic cases of addiction to go unresolved!