IF THIS IS A VICTORY WHAT IS A DEFEAT?
October 31,2013/ By: Dr. Nayvin Gordon
Commentary on the front page article of the New York Times, Monday October 28, 2013: “F.D.A. Shift On Painkillers Was Years in the Making”
What was this shift?
The F.D.A. issued new recommendations reducing to 90 days from 180 days as the length of times a patient could refill the narcotic Vicodin without a doctor visit.
This decision follows almost 15 years since the beginning of the prescription drug overdose epidemic that has claimed over 100,000 lives in the last decade and continues to kill some 37,000 people a year according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The New York Times states that this “involves a rare victory by lawmakers…” This was considered a rare victory because the well-financed drug industry lobby generally prevents the F.D.A. from adding restrictions.
With regard to controlling narcotics, the F.D.A. has on several occasions recently rejected the overwhelming advice of its own expert panel of advisors.
Unfortunately the “Victory” will have little to no effect on the narcotic prescription drug epidemic.
The Medical Profession has not established national standards and protocols to guide Health Professionals in their appropriate use of narcotics. They have not established programs that monitor physicians’ prescription practice nor have they established disciplinary action for those that violate prescription norms.
Only when we have such controls will Public Health Advocates begin to see “Victory” over the Prescription Narcotic Drug Epidemic”.
Dr. Nayvin Gordon is a Board Certified Family Medicine Doctor. He has been practicing Family Medicine in California for over 30 years. His has worked for Medical Groups, H.M.O… Practices, Solo Practice, Social Security Disability, and is presently working at an Indian Health Center . Dr. Gordon has also written and published many articles on Health related issues over the years.
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