CVS Pharmacy Won't Fill Certain Florida Doctors' Pain Pill Prescriptions

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One of the largest pharmacy chains in the state has decided to fight Florida's prescription pill abuse epidemic head on. CVS Pharmacy sent out an email to certain Florida doctors this week to inform them that they will no longer fill any pain pill prescriptions they write. Authorities recently have cracked down on pill mills, as Florida doctors have prescribed ten times as many oxycodone prescriptions than all other state combined.

"CVS Pharmacy Inc. has become increasingly concerned with escalating reports of prescription drug abuse in Florida, especially oxycodone abuse," reads the letter obtained by the St. Petersburg Times and other media outlets.

"We regret any inconvenience that this action may cause. However, we take our compliance obligations seriously and find it necessary to take this action at this time."

CVS Spokesman Michael DeAngelis says that the letter was sent to a small number of Florida doctors.

Doctors groups, however, are not happy.

"I don't want to be subject to the scrutiny of CVS," said Dr. Jeffrey Zipper, chairman of the The Florida Academy of Pain Medicine medical affairs committee in an email to members. "They've made a business decision, and from my perspective, I'm going to make a business decision to send my patients elsewhere."

"This is just another hysteria driven response to a problem that is based on false data provided by Florida medical examiners and law enforcement," Paul Sloan, president of the academy, also said in an e-mail sent to members.

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Rob G
Rob G

You are an arsehole. Try spending your life in crippling pain. Not everyone is an abuser. Rot in hell.

Linda Hull
Linda Hull

The only thing these civil right abusers do is stop some old woman dying from cancer from getting her pills filled

Pharmacists That Care
Pharmacists That Care

Touché, I have never been so proud of a corporate decision based over pharmacy policy! I want to work for this company!~Dr. Caitlin Fewx-Patrick, Pharm.D., APhA MTM Certified, HIV Specialized, OR Board double PIC Trained.Oregon LicensedWashington State Pending License, Waiting to test MPJE~Florida License Candidate~Arizona License Candidate

pharma
pharma

Hello..It is not a good news for many people who are taking their medicine from such pharma. But there are many other companies who provide the medicine.

Robert
Robert

I'm parapalegic with a long surgery on my spine i had fake bone pieces put in, screws etc. and becuase of this retarded list I haven't been able to get my prescriptions filled out in 2months.. DO THEY FUCKING KNOW HOW MUCH MY BACK HURTS?! Yes they do but do they care oh of course not all they can say is "sorry for the inconvinience" yet CVS continues to call me asking me if I want them to change my other prescriptions. I seriously hate CVS so much!

Mary Ann Bennett
Mary Ann Bennett

CVS here in my small town & Kroger pharmacy are the only ones that carry such rx's. I have degenerative disc disease, sarcoidosid, fibromyalgia, several other rare disorders & the worst one of all. Neuropathy which causes me horrific sciatic nerve pain that goes down my leg & I can't sit, lie down & the only thing I can do is walk & cry. The only thing that will take that type of pain away for me is an injection of Toradol that I give myself. Pretty soon I won't have any stomach lining left. The only narcotic to help it is Dilaudid & you have to be almost dead to get it. I haven't been in the hospital for over a yr and the toradol keeps me out of the ER when the Sciatica is unbearable. In my town Walmart, kmart, & 2 privately owned pharmacies dont even carry oxycodone.. Not everyone is abusing drugs. Some of us are suffering b/c of what other ppl do & I think it's outrageous!

Robby
Robby

This is crazy, lived in the pan handle for about 5 months and saw first hand extremely serious oxy addiction.  Mainly roxis or blues (instant release oxycontin) though, and they paid like 30 a pop for that shit!

reyderoma
reyderoma

what a picture to start a story! Oxy pink, rush's favorite flavor.maybe these 2  naked folks at the intersection walking naked were on something from a pharmacy.

seep
seep

Mostly real patients get their meds from the big pharmacies.  The fake patients need to be more discreet and get their shit from the prescribing doctor or from smaller pharmacies.

Pharmacists That Care
Pharmacists That Care

Dear Patient,You are the reason pain management is necessary. Hang in there, keep being proactive, communicate everything with healthcare practicioners that you trust. There is help for you. Get a 2nd opinion, and a 3rd if necessary. Talk to the Medical Board, and the Pharmacy Board in your state. Go through due process in order to continually back up your diagnosis, and don't be quiet about it. There is no shame in getting the medical help you need. Do not be embaressed. An addict is someone who lies to get off, not someone who seeks medical help that works. Compounding pharmacies are now creating high technological creams for neuropathic pain, find one and talk to the pharmacist. Call your health plan and see if they cover Medication Therapy Management, all Medicare Plans do! And Medicaid open card also does. Call the pharmacy Board in your state and ask if they know where you can find help.Sincerely,Dr. Cailtlin Fewx-Patrick, Pharm.D.

Kfarland1217
Kfarland1217

I hear ya! I have alot of the same problems as you! So does my friend we have trying to her script for 7 days now! Bc of all the ppl abusing we can't get anything and we are leggit!

Rethgiflleh2
Rethgiflleh2

You don't seem to have a problem posting....get off the drugs and get a life.

Pharmacists That Care
Pharmacists That Care

No disrespect, in my opinion, for a large majority of pain patients this is a load of crap. A.In OR and WA at least, prescribing practicioners need a Pharmacy License to dispense, very rarely happens, and never without a pharmacist.B. At least in the state and federal pharmacy laws I am familiar with, and within only the the last couple years, prescribers refer people to pain contracts when opiates are needed regularly for a designated period of time. This is a good effort, except unfortunately forced to be really motivated by their professional liability, as in practice it adds a time burden for which is less and less affordable, I don't mean every prescriber, only a certain cross section. These contracts usually base adherence on when the patient requests a refill, days between last day documentation of written Rx occured in the chart.Not many patients, unless utterly ignorant, will consistantly call in fills earlier than noticed, at least for extended contracts, as then they won't exist. They also trade their other CSs: benzos, amphetamine derivatives, etc., for a few extra opiates, thus filling their Rx 4-7 days after the prescriber gives them their Rx, then calling in 2 days prior to the last rx written, traditionally "30 days supply". In reality getting opiates in their contract (if contracted at all) around 10 days early, every "30 days," thus an extra 30 days supply every 90 days, without being caught under a radar. I know the above as true, as I have practiced MTM for years, and with high risk profiles. For example, many of my former HIV and AIDS patients were IVDA, or in general proudly high risk. The very same of whom would confide in me with such things as they knew I was their as a servant of their health, and not to cast judgement. Many, not all, pharmacists and other providers need to learn this genral respect, so they can supply a nonjudgemental trusting relationship that will actually help improve our healthcare system. If they find this high pace courtacy too stressfull, then they should seek a career outside of direct patient care.

Corporate pharmacy, with minimal exclusions, CVS now earns my respect of an exclusion, tend to base profits on quantity of Rxs filled, most Districts and Regionals don't much care about the practice, healthcare results, and resonsibilities held by their pharmacist practicioners, unless their pharmacy is not in business as expected (Fear of Board or Boss reprocusion), unless there is a complaint by a: Board, Prescriber, patient or family of patient (due to possible Board, or Boss complaint reprocusions, or profit loss (Boss & Bonus Reprocusion)). Am I wrong? But, that seems to be the driving factors of corporate pharmacy "business," that most, not including what is read above by CVS corporate, are motivated by, when in fact profits from positive patient outcomes are highly profitable and underutilized. I'm sure many district, but not all, would disagree in their own cold fog. They should be serving their emloyees to increase moral, and motivate patient outcomes. The embaressement of, so called, MTM while doing hundreds of Rxs a day don't count, and don't preceed good patient outcomes, this to the corporates not properly training pharmacists AND technicians in the dual process, not to mention properly staffing to ensure a respectful designated time frame. There are plenty of grants that allow pharmacists to be creative in serving patients and financing their family needs, if you can think about the outcomes first. CVS, I hold in much regard respect for you putting your foot down to follow correct healthcare ethics, for the respect of patients, our pharmacy profession and business ethics and sincerely for our obligation to practice. Cheers to you, for hopefully starting a very important trend! If this trend continued, it may assist Doctors of Pharmacy in getting the trust and respect we have earned as specialists in medication management, formulary choices, assisting physicians in choosing best practice therapy, thus increasing health outcomes and reducing unneeded healthcare cost. Pharmacist secialists working alongside diagnosticians, with respect and dependance, is what will fix our prescription problems and negative cost and grief of so many in the States.Professionally yours,Dr. Caitlin Fewx-Patrick, Pharm.D.

Pharmacists That Care
Pharmacists That Care

No disrespect, in my opinion, for a large majority of pain patients this is a load of crap. A.In OR and WA at least, prescribing practicioners need a Pharmacy License to dispense, very rarely happens, and never without a pharmacist.B. At least in the state and federal pharmacy laws I am familiar with, and within only the the last couple years, prescribers refer people to pain contracts when opiates are needed regularly for a designated period of time. This is a good effort, except unfortunately forced to be really motivated by their professional liability, as in practice it adds a time burden for which is less and less affordable, I don't mean every prescriber, only a certain cross section. These contracts usually base adherence on when the patient requests a refill, days between last day documentation of written Rx occured in the chart.Not many patients, unless utterly ignorant, will consistantly call in fills earlier than noticed, at least for extended contracts, as then they won't exist. They also trade their other CSs: benzos, amphetamine derivatives, etc., for a few extra opiates, thus filling their Rx 4-7 days after the prescriber gives them their Rx, then calling in 2 days prior to the last rx written, traditionally "30 days supply". In reality getting opiates in their contract (if contracted at all) around 10 days early, every "30 days," thus an extra 30 days supply every 90 days, without being caught under a radar. I know the above as true, as I have practiced MTM for years, and with high risk profiles. For example, many of my former HIV and AIDS patients were IVDA, or in general proudly high risk. The very same of whom would confide in me with such things as they knew I was their as a servant of their health, and not to cast judgement. Many, not all, pharmacists and other providers need to learn this genral respect, so they can supply a nonjudgemental trusting relationship that will actually help improve our healthcare system. If they find this high pace courtacy too stressfull, then they should seek a career outside of direct patient care.

Corporate pharmacy, with minimal exclusions, CVS now earns my respect of an exclusion, tend to base profits on quantity of Rxs filled, most Districts and Regionals don't much care about the practice, healthcare results, and resonsibilities held by their pharmacist practicioners, unless their pharmacy is not in business as expected (Fear of Board or Boss reprocusion), unless there is a complaint by a: Board, Prescriber, patient or family of patient (due to possible Board, or Boss complaint reprocusions, or profit loss (Boss & Bonus Reprocusion)). Am I wrong? But, that seems to be the driving factors of corporate pharmacy "business," that most, not including what is read above by CVS corporate, are motivated by, when in fact profits from positive patient outcomes are highly profitable and underutilized. I'm sure many district, but not all, would disagree in their own cold fog. They should be serving their emloyees to increase moral, and motivate patient outcomes. The embaressement of, so called, MTM while doing hundreds of Rxs a day don't count, and don't preceed good patient outcomes, this to the corporates not properly training pharmacists AND technicians in the dual process, not to mention properly staffing to ensure a respectful designated time frame. There are plenty of grants that allow pharmacists to be creative in serving patients and financing their family needs, if you can think about the outcomes first. CVS, I hold in much regard respect for you putting your foot down to follow correct healthcare ethics, for the respect of patients, our pharmacy profession and business ethics and sincerely for our obligation to practice. Cheers to you, for hopefully starting a very important trend! If this trend continued, it may assist Doctors of Pharmacy in getting the trust and respect we have earned as specialists in medication management, formulary choices, assisting physicians in choosing best practice therapy, thus increasing health outcomes and reducing unneeded healthcare cost. Pharmacist secialists working alongside diagnosticians, with respect and dependance, is what will fix our prescription problems and negative cost and grief of so many in the States.Professionally yours,Dr. Caitlin Fewx-Patrick, Pharm.D.

me
me

Wow, Marv.  Nice sense of empathy

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