On May 1st, I went to my primary care doctor’s office, Doctor Carmen Ford, to renew my low dosage (5 mg per day) of hydrocodone which I have been taking for 5 years. My chronic pain is the result of nerve damage from three back surgeries. I was in terrible pain, close to a seven or eight level and could hardly walk. They refused to give me my prescription if I didn’t give them a urine sample; similar to the test given to suspected hardcore drug addicts. I believed my last lab test results and medical history would have been sufficient.
When I looked at the date on the prescription, I could see that it couldn’t be filled until 2 days later but I needed it immediately. In my condition, I couldn’t handle the hassle that they were subjecting me to. I broke down emotionally expressing my frustration in a loud voice, dropping my cane several times but did reluctantly manage to give them a urine sample.
The next day I received a certified letter stating that all six doctors at this office would no longer accept me as a patient. Note: none of these doctors saw me that day.
• Carmen Ford, M.D.
• Cynthia Brownfield, M.D.
• Corinne Ridens, D.O.
• Tiffany Vorderstrasse, FNP-BC
• Nikola Bartulica, D.O.
• Debbie White, FNP-BC
I am very disappointed that the professionals in that office expressed zero empathy for my situation and failed to properly access my risk for such a small dosage of hydrocodone. My new doctor said that my low dosage of 5mg of hydrocodone may not even show up in a urine test.
These six doctors do not understand that different patients need pain killers for different reason. It should be kept in mind that one solution does not fit all cases. For example- Patients seeking pain killer prescriptions varies from: (1) Hard Core drug addicts seeking to get high rather than for physical pain, (2) New patients needing pain medicine related to a recent operation or life changing event and (3) Medicare Patients like me that have been taking pain killer’s for several years for chronic pain.
The six Mosaic affiliated doctors that unjustly fired me did not consider my situation as a 79 year old Medicare Patients that has been taking an extremely low dosage of 5 mg per day of hydrocodone..
In order to help similar people in my situation, I contacted the Federal Department of Justice and the Missouri “Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs” to see what options the doctors have in writing opioid prescriptions: (1) You are not required to take a urine test if other means are available-past lab reports or medical history shows the legitimate need for the drug, and (2) an individual practitioner may issue multiple prescriptions at one time with dates 30 days apart authorizing the patient to receive a total of up to a 90-day supply of a Schedule II controlled substance. This allows the patient to visit the doctor only once every 90 days to get their prescription filled instead of once every month.
These uninformed doctors caused me much unnecessary strain and stress and additional pain.
If my Mosaic doctors had exercised these options, I would not have suffered this humiliation and trauma that forced me to find another primary care physician.