CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES RISKS for MDs
[By staff reporters] http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) controls the issuance of DEA numbers that permit the physician to prescribe controlled substances to their patients. The use of controlled substances is important to almost all medical specialties. Family practitioners use codeine to treat coughs and surgeons use narcotics to manage pain. The spectrum-of-use is wide.
Unfortunately, there will always be a rogue physician willing to sell narcotic prescriptions. These physicians cause the DEA to cast a jaundiced eye towards all physicians.
However, the dilemma may be that there are simply too many stories of physicians who “over-use” controlled substances in a practice designed to ease the suffering of their patients; or not? And, how do we differentiate among them all? The physician never knows when a patient coming into the office complaining of pain and asking for pain medication – whether that patient is truly in pain or not – is an undercover agent for the DEA.
Has it come to prescriber beware?
This peril and paranoia (combined with the risk of a malpractice claim of “hooking” the patient) causes some physicians to actually under prescribe pain medication. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may be at particular risk.
[SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, January 9th, 2015].
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