In a speech last week, Pain News Networkreports, AMA President Barbara McAneny described her own experience with the damage caused by anti-opioid zeal. When a patient with metastatic prostate cancer was suffering from bone pain 👇
that was not adequately relieved by his medication, "I increased the dosage of his opioids from two per day to three, and of course he ran out early," McAneny said. "So I called his primary care physician, who agreed to write a prescription for 👇
his very large amount of time-release morphine." When the patient tried to fill the prescription, the pharmacist contacted the insurer, which denied coverage. "The pharmacist suspected my patient was a drug seeker & did not alert me that his prescription 👇
was denied,"McAneny said. "My patient, a very proud man,felt shamed&didn't know what to do. So he went home to be as tough as he felt he could be. That worked for about three days,&then he tried to kill himself." #pain
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