With the failure of a comprehensive set of laws protecting patients, accessing healthcare is growing increasingly difficult and expensive.
A patient bill of rights would be a list of guarantees for those receiving medical care. It could take the form of laws or non-binding declarations. Usually a patient bill of rights would guarantee patient information privacy, protection from unscrupulous providers, the exclusion of government interference in individual medical decisions and patient autonomy over individual medical decisions.
The war on opiates has seen sweeping changes on the rights and limits in which doctors can treat chronic and acute pain. Whether by intent or not the primary motivation has been fear, resulting in a disruption of healthcare with fines and penalties placed on prescribing physicians, sometimes in excess of $20,000 per incident
Since state medical boards are the primary arbitrators for regulating physician practice, what board members think weighs heavily in the decisions made when treating and prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter dismissed most of his state’s case against Johnson & Johnson and Teva, winnowing down a landmark opioids lawsuit to a public nuisance complaint.
Occasionally I find articles which have done the same or similar research I have and in doing so, draw many of the same conclusions. This post from Conservative Review by Daniel Horowitz is one of them.
As many would guess, digital currency plays a significant role in the black market trafficking of illegal drugs. I quick search of the DOJ website found over 25 indictments in the last 3 months, most of which involved the sale of these substance on the dark web using cryptocurrencies. One must also assume that like an iceberg, those indicted represent only a fraction of what actually exists as in this case from Texas.
In keeping with the White House proposal to reduce opiate manufacturing by 30% the DOJ and DEA plan another 10% reduction quota in 2019.
Shortages of opioid drugs such as injectable hydromorphone, morphine, fentanyl and methadone have placed a particularly heavy burden on EDs, ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. This issue has escalated since HHS declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last year.
The United States Drug Enforcement (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more