Question about prescription with new doctor

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   Posted 6/22/2012 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had the same doctor for over ten years, but she recently retired. She has already been replaced by a new doctor who took on all her old patients. I am a 50 year old woman and have been on 10 miligrams of oxycodone 3-4 times a day for over nine years. This was prescribed by the doctor who was just replaced. I went in for my monthly appointment with the new doctor and she informed me that she is not currently licensed to prescribe ANY narcotic pain medications. She told me that she IS planning on obtaining the appropriate license(s). My question is, can anyone tell me how long that process normally takes ( I live in West Virginia, if that makes any difference)? Also, I am due for a refill in just a matter of days, I am under no illusion that she will be able to write my prescription by then, but I am quite worried because I am quite dependent on the relief the medication gives me and will be unable to work without them. Can anyone tell me what will happen? Is there another way for me to receive my medication or will I be without until she receives license? Thank you!

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   Posted 6/22/2012 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   


      Good morning Iwish!....and Welcome to our CP forum!

        Many Dr's offices work as a group of Dr's,... even though each will have their own patients. I'm wondering if one of the other Dr's will be able to sign off on the script. I have had this done before...when my PCD was out of the office. It seems odd that the replacement Dr was added and given patient's who they should have known would need to write scripts for narcotic pain med's.

 I understand your fear here, and hope you find a solution quickly. I really do not have a good answer for you......sorry. shakehead  

    Again, Welcome to the forum, and enjoy!

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   Posted 6/22/2012 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know how long it takes but that is very irresponsible of your doctor to hire a replacement that doesn't have a DEA lisence to write scripts for Opiates. Because like you said you will go thru withdrawals and very dangerous to stop suddenly. My advice is to call the new doctor and ask her everything you just asked us. And don't be afraid to tell her it's not fair to put you in that position. She may have someone she can refer you to to write your monthly script till she is able to. Good luck!


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   Posted 6/22/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ijust and welcome to the chronic pain forum. It sounds like indeed you have a bad situation going on. Did you ask the new dr who is suppose to write your scripts until she becomes licensed? Is there more than one dr in the clinic who could write the scripts? I am sure its going to be some time before this dr gets her license, maybe you need to find another dr. That really stinks about the prior dr leaving her patients in a bind like this. I am really surprised she would leave her patients hanging.

Anyway, I am sorry that you are faced with this problem and I hope you can get it taken care of before you run out of meds. Welcome aboard to the chronic pain forum.....Susie
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   Posted 6/22/2012 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses and so quickly at that. I knooow I should've asked her all these questions. This just happened yesterday and I will be calling today. I agree that it was quite irresponsible and frankly kind of inconsiderate for my old doctor to do this. especially considering that this all happened in the matter of a week. I will checj back her frequently throughout the day, as I am at work, to see if anyone else here has come up with an answer. If I get one myself, i will make sure to post it here in case anyone else is in this position!

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   Posted 6/22/2012 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about this...

So when you asked her yesterday at the appt. what are you supposed to do about your prescription...what did she say? I can't imagine leaving that appt. without answers...but it sounds like maybe you were caught off guard and just didn't say anything...

As others have mentioned, I would check if there are other Drs. in the practice...I can't imagine you were the only patient on an opiate so she must have some sort of plan for everyone. Especially if your Dr. retired and didn't leave would think she would have taken time to make sure the transition would run smoothly.

Is this a Primary care Dr.? Maybe they can refer you to a Pain Mgmt. Dr. to see if/until this other Dr. gets her DEA license.

The only thing in the interim is to go to an Urgent Care Clinic (not ER). Have this new Dr. ok this that she can contact the Dr. you see there and let them know of the situation. She can explain that you have been on these for 9 years....and looking at your chart you have had no issues. And if they can prescribe this for you until you get an appt. with another DR.

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