A doctor-owned clinic was busted in New York. Authorities suspect over 30,000 illegal pain killer prescriptions, and up to $500 million in pills. It was operating like the classic “Pill Mills” shut down several years ago in Florida.
New York Times reporter Barry Meier published “A World of Hurt” about prescription pain medications. Mr. Meier previously published “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death” which was centered on Oxycontin abuse by teenagers.
A former Judge in Virginia was busted for having 41 marijuana plants growing in his house. His claims of medicinal use and his legal maneuvers got his 2 felony charges reduced to misdemeanors. Many are upset with what appears to be an unjust justice system.
Last Update: July 17th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
An 83 year old East Bay (California) doctor is under investigation for his prescribing practices, following patient deaths. The FBI, the Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the DEA have all subpoenaed his medical records. Dr. Manougian is what is known as a “bold prescriber” of opioid painkillers. He believes he has a right to do “whatever it takes” to treat chronic pain. Does he?
Last Update: March 28th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
The Federal Trade Commission says legislation reserving certain pain management procedures to physicians only is bad for consumers. While not calling it “anti-competitive”, the FTC highlighting how the measure will increase costs, reduce access, and reduce consumer choice.
Last Update: November 21st, 2011 at 2:53 am
He had liver cancer. He needed a liver, but had to wait. He was approved for medical marijuana. He used it. Now, they’ve denied his eligibility for a liver because he tested positive for… marijuana. It’s not a mistake, either.
Last Update: November 4th, 2011 at 4:16 am
In Washington State, one person per day dies from prescription narcotics paid for by Medicaid. A new law increases regulations for prescribing chronic pain medication, and many doctors are passing at the opportunity to prescribe. Patients claim it threatens legitimate access to pain meds. Who do you believe?