CMS Plan to Restrict Sale of Pain Drugs Opposed by AMA

A federal plan calling for Medicare Advantage Part D sponsors to deny potentially unsafe pain drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is drawing objection from the American Medical Association.

3 comments on "CMS Plan to Restrict Sale of Pain Drugs Opposed by AMA"
rrpostal (12/4/2012 at 4:42 PM)

Oh my. I work for medicare and this is going to swamp us in people screaming for their meds. "Cutting people off" from their relatively safe and regulated medication is not the proper way to combat addiction. People will resort to crime and illicit drugs. The amount of medicare patients on pain meds is astounding, but hardly a huge cost issue, which is what I'd rather they worry about. If someone is going to be getting stoned on opiates, I'd much rather they do it at their pharmacy than the street corner.
RICK (3/7/2012 at 10:46 AM)

CMS = Constant Mental Struggle. Just more proof that CMS stinks.
B S (3/6/2012 at 9:36 AM)

Of course this is all about patient safety - that's why the Government Accountability Office (A financial and budgeting entity) triggered the action.


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