Please have your voice heard on this important issue. PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opiate Prescribing) has requested that the FDA limit access to opiate pain medications to those w/ chronic non-cancer pain. By signing this petition, addressed to the FDA, Congress, and the President, you will be letting them know that you support patients and their rights. The same right to treat intractable pain set out in the Code of Federal Regulations/1988 and in numerous state Intractable Pain Acts; ie Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Arkansas(2003), Colorado(1996). http://www.medsch.wisc.edu/painpolicy/publicat/95apsip.htm
PROP seeks to restrict treatment of non-cancer pain to no greater than 90 days, at a level of <100mg morphine or equivalent, re-scheduling hydrocodone as a schedule II medication (currently schedule III) restricting access this medication to doctor appts only with no refills or phone in prescriptions. They seek to restrict labeling to cover only severe pain (currently covers moderate to severe pain).
The April 2013, the AMA wrote a letter to the FDA requesting that the PROP petition be rejected. You can read their letter here:
To have your voice be heard and sign the petition against PROPs attempted assault on patient's access to pain treatment please click here:
For more reading about the DEA's assault on doctors, patients, and pharmacies in the War on Drugs and how you may be caught in the crossfire:
*Irony alert-marijuana has recently been approved, even for 'recreational use' in Colorado and Washington (worst offender of intractable pain policies) but disabled patients with pain are having increasing difficulty finding physicians who will treat them and pharmacies who will fill their Rx. Strange times we live in...................
Edited July 22, 2013 at 9:53 am