I see a pain mngt specialist who is on an advisory board that helps create guidelines and laws that tell doctors how they are supposed to prescribe narcotics, manage patients on them, and wean patients off them if need be. He also often has had to deal with pharmacies.
The DEA has recently upgraded the schedule on the last remaining narcotics that you could get refills called in to pharmacies. Now, Vicodin, & Tramadol (& others) need new paper scripts every time you need a refill.
They have also forced companies into limiting the amount of narcotics they manufacture at all.
Add to this, Pharmacies like CVS & Walgreens have taken it upon themselves to limit the amount of narcotics they order in. They put in one order, and if they run out, they will not order any more in for patients that need them. The amount they order is arbitrary, and does not reflect the amount needed to cover their regular customers - ppl like us, chronic pain patients just trying to survive.
They have also begun giving bonuses to pharmacists and techs for NOT filling out prescriptions for narcotics.
They say this is being done to prevent abuse, but in reality all it does is screw over chronic pain sufferers. My pain mngt doctor agrees with me.
I am honestly stunned that this is legal. I feel like I should be able to sue over this, that my rights are being trampled. Are there any legal eagles on here that can maybe chime in on this travesty?