Interestingly what was left out of that article is that in 2009 the FDA advisory committee meetings began on revisiting the dangers of acetaminophen and what really is a safe limit. Many prescribers as a result of even those beginning talks began to remove patients from combination pain products like Vicodin (which is schedule III many states and easier to prescribe allowing refills, telephoned prescriptions, etc,..) to plain oxycodone. I am not surprised the state of NY saw such a large rise oxycodone Rx's at that time. Just because they say oxycodone does not mean 80 mg of OxyContin. If you were to look at equivalence data 5mg oral oxycodone is equipotenet to 5mg oral hydrocodone.Yes, opiate addiction can be devistating. Yes, there are parts of the country that have dropped the ball. Yes regulations in some areas can be strengthened. Yes, there are addicts still gaming the system.However, there are still plenty of legitimate pain patients out there that can not get treatment because Pphysicians are afraid. There were some horribly greedy docs who made a quick buck off the patients and were wrong. I do believe there have been some innocent physicians who were targeted and put in jail as well. The DEA should not be practicing medicine, that should be left to the individual state boards of medicine and pharmacy, until the DEA starts sending their agents to med and pharm school!
Excellent comment. The backlash against honest and ethical docs is a tragedy for docs and patients.
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