2/3/2014, Prescription for Pain: Patients struggling to fill medications (Nevada)

http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/contact-13/contact-13-investigates/Preview-Patients-struggling-to-fill-medications-243393411.html

Those we’ve heard from said Walgreens and CVS in particular, are delaying or flat out denying prescriptions for pain medication, telling patients they don’t meet the criteria without further explanation.

“I extend my sympathies,” said Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom. “The reality is there’s been tremendous abuse of these prescriptions and so there has to be a type of way to cut back on it.” Opiates were never intended for long-term pain management and Segerblom thinks the medical community needs to find a better way to treat chronic pain.

Umm… when do you think they’ll get around to doing that?  What are pain patients supposed to do in the meantime?  Maybe the Senator can get insurance companies to pay for daily massage therapy?

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