Kac Para Yarismasi

Arthritis Diet and Exercises

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HAS DISCOVERED A SECRET AT DRUGSTORES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. MANY CUSTOMERS ARE NOW FINDING OUT THE HARD WAY — AND DOCTORS SAYS IT’S ANOTHER SIGN OF A GROWING CRISIS. SENIOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER BOB SEGALL SHOWS YOU WHY MANY PHARMACIES ARE NOW COLLECTING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU — AND WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU FILL YOUR NEXT PRESCRIPTION. ON A GOOD DAY, YOU’LL FIND HER OUTSIDE … DOING THINGS MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED…. WHEN I AM PAIN FREE, I GO OUT AND DO WHATEVER I POSSIBLY CAN. BUT OTHER DAYS, SHE DOESN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE AT ALL … BECAUSE SHE HURTS ALL OVER. IT’S ARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE…CONSTANT PAIN…I COUNT THE MINUTES WHERE IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE PAIN MEDICATION AGAIN. THIS MOTHER AND HOUSEWIFE DOES NOT WANT US TO SHOW YOU HER FACE … AND YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE WHY. IT HAS TO DO WITH HER PAIN MEDICATION AND HER DRUG STORE. I HAD CALLED FOR MY REFILLS AND WENT TO PICK THEM UP AND EXPECTED THEM TO BE THERE LIKE THEY ALWAYS HAD BEEN FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS…. DIDN’T HAPPEN…. THEY SAID NO. SHE SAYS THIS WALGREENS IN MUNCIE INSISTED ON TALKING TO HER DOCTOR TO GET DETAILS AND HER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. AND WITHOUT THAT, THE PHARMACIST SAID HE WOULD NOT REFILL HER PRESCRIPTION. BOB: WAS IT THE PROPER TIME FOR A REFILL? MOM: YES BOB: SAME MEDICATION? MOM: SAME MEDICATION. BOB: SAME NUMBER OF PILLS? MOM: SAME NUMBER OF PILLS. BOB: NOTHING HAD CHANGED FROM THE MONTH BEFORE? MOM: NO …. NOTHING. MOM: I FELT ASHAMED BECAUSE THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE AROUND …. I FELT LIKE THEY WERE ACCUSING ME OF GIVING THEM A FALSE PRESCRIPTION. WHAT WAS YOUR RESPONSE? I SAID THANK YOU AND LEFT AND WENT TO ANOTHER PHARMACY AND MY PRESCRIPTIONS WERE FILLED IMMEDIATELY. SHE IS NOT ALONE. 13 INVESTIGATES HAS HEARD THE SAME THING HAPPENING AT WALGREENS ACROSS INDIANA… AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PHARMACISTS REFUSING TO FILL PRESCRIPTIONS UNTIL THEY GET MORE DETAILED MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU DIRECTLY FROM YOUR DOCTOR. THEY’RE NOT JUST FILLING SCRIPTS ANYMORE. ED KOWLOWITZ IS A DOCTOR AT THE CENTER FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT IN INDIANAPOLIS. THE PHARMACY WILL CALL AND FURTHER INVESTIGATE. THEY’LL SAY WHY IS THIS PATIENT GETTING THIS SCRIPTS? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM? WHAT’S THE DIAGNOSIS? HOW LONG ARE THEY GOING TO BE ON IT? HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN ON IT? AND HE SAYS THAT’S NOW HAPPENING A LOT. THE LARGE BULK IS PROBABLY COMING FROM WALGREENS AT THIS POINT BUT WE ARE SEEING IT ACROSS THE BOARD. ALL PHARMACIES ARE STARTING TO DO IT MORE REGULARLY NOW. BOB STANDUP THE QUESTION IS WHY — WHY ARE SOME PHARMACIES NOT HONORING PRESCRIPTIONS UNLESS YOUR DOCTOR IS WILLING TO DIVULGE YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION? AND ARE THEY EVEN ALLOWED TO DO THAT? THE ANSWER IS YES — THEY ARE ALLOWED — AND THEY’RE DOING IT TO STOP A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. NAT SOUND NEWS CLIPS IT’S AN EPIDEMIC INVOLVING THE ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION. FEDERAL AND STATE INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN CRACKING DOWN ON DOCTORS AND PHARMACIES THAT ARE ALLOWING IT TO HAPPEN. IN FACT, JUST THIS MONTH, WALGREENS WAS FINED $80 MILLION DOLLARS …AFTER FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS FOUND MASSIVE PROBLEMS AT WALGREENS DRUG STORES IN FLORIDA. THESE RETAIL PHARMACIES FILLED THE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ADDICTIVE PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS DESPITE OBVIOUS RED FLAGS THAT CLEARLY INDICATED THE PRESCRIPTIONS WERE ILLEGITIMATE AND THE DRUGS WERE LIKELY TO BE DIVERTED FOR STREET USE. THE GOVERNMENT CRACKDOWN IS SENDING A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE. PHARMACISTS ARE NOW BEING HELD MORE ACCOUNTABLE WHEN IT COMES TO PAIN PILLS. THESE MEDICINES CAN BE FATAL. BRUCE CLAYTON IS ASSOCIATE DEAN AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF PHARMACY. HE SAYS DRUG STORES CAN ONLY DISPENSE PAIN PILLS FOR LEGITIMATE MEDICAL PURPOSES. PHARMACISTS WHO FILL SUSPICIOUS PRESCRIPTIONS — WITHOUT ASKING MORE QUESTIONS — CAN FACE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. LOSS OF LICENSE. YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING FEDERAL LAW AND STATE LAW REGARDING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES …. SO THE PHARMACIST REALLY HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO COLLECT THAT INFO WHEN THE PRESCRIPTION IS FILLED. BY ASKING MORE QUESTIONS, PHARMACISTS ARE NOW TRYING TO CATCH PATIENTS WHO ARE ABUSING THEIR MEDICATION AND ABUSING THE SYSTEM…. PATIENTS LIKE THIS ONE WHO WAS JUST BUSTED BY HER PHARMACY. I NEVER DREAMED IN MY WILDEST DREAMS THAT I’D BE GOING TO JAIL FOR ANYTHING. THIS IS ANOTHER HOUSEWIFE AND MOTHER WHO’S EMBARRASSED TO SHOW HER FACE. HER PRESCRIPTION DRUG IS XANAX… SHE STARTED TAKING IT FOR ANXIETY WHEN HER HUSBAND WAS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ. SHE GOT ADDICTED TO THE PILLS AND WHEN SHE COULDNT GET ENOUGH, SHE GOT DESPERATE…. JUST CALLED THE PHARMACY AND ACTED LIKE I WORKED AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND WAS CALLING A PRESCRIPTION IN FOR MYSELF AND IT WORKED FOR A WHILE… BUT THEN THEY EVENTUALLY CAUGHT ON AND THAT’S HOW I GOT IN TROUBLE. HOW DID YOU THINK YOU’D GET AWAY WITH THAT? IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT. AT LEAST NOT ANYMORE. A PHARMACIST AT THIS TARGET STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS AND DISCOVERED THIS WOMAN’S PRESCRIPTION REFILLS WEREN’T REAL. THIS YOUNG MOTHER WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE HAMILTON COUNTY JAIL…AND EARLIER THIS MONTH…SHE PLED GUILTY TO PRESCRIPTION FRAUD. I’M GLAD THEY CAUGHT ME BECAUSE I MIGHT STILL BE ADDICTED TO XANAX RIGHT NOW. IT’S WHY DRUG STORES ARE NOW BEING MORE CAREFUL AND ASKING MORE QUESTIONS…. BUT DOCTORS SAY, IT COMES AT A PRICE — FOR BOTH DOCTORS AND FOR PATIENTS. EVERY DAY WE HAVE NUMBER OF PATIENTS CRYING BECAUSE THEIR MEDICATIONS CANNOT BE FILLED. DR. DMITRI ARBUCK IS A PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN CARMEL. HE SAYS HIS OFFICE STAFF IS NOW OVERWHELMED WITH PHONE CALLS FROM PHARMACISTS WHO WANT MORE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT INFORMATION ABOUT HIS PATIENTS. IS THIS HARD FOR DOCTORS? WIPE FACE YEAH…. IT’S HORRIFIC … WE HAVE TWO PEOPLE FULL TIME…DOING NOTHING BUT TRYING FOR PATIENTS TO GET MEDICATIONS WE PRESCRIBE. WHAT A WASTE IT CAN TAKE HOURS OR SOMETIMES EVEN DAYS FOR DOCTORS OFFICES TO RETURN ALL THE PHONE CALLS THEY’RE NOW GETTING FROM PHARMACIES. THAT MEANS SOME PATIENTS ARE NOW FORCED TO WAIT TO GET THEIR MEDICINE… MEDICINE THEY RELY ON TO RELIEVE SEVERE, CHRONIC PAIN. DID YOU NEED YOUR REFILL THAT DAY? YES YOU WERE OUT? YES. PHARMACISTS AND PHYSICIANS… WE’RE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE…. FOR US IT’S AN INCONVENIENCE. FOR PATIENTS, IT’S SUFFERING, PURE SUFFERING. TAG AS PART OF ITS $80 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT, WALGREENS MUST IMPROVE ITS GOOD FAITH DISPENSING POLICY. 13 INVESTIGATES ASKED TO SEE THAT POLICY AND WE ASKED FOR AN INTERVIEW. WALGREENS SAID NO. THE PHARMACY CHAIN DID SEND US A STATEMENT. YOU CAN SEE THAT AT WTHR DOT COM. BOTTOM LINE… THERE IS GROWING PRESSURE ON ALL PHARMACIES TO LOOK MORE CLOSELY AT PRESCRIPTIONS, TO BE MORE SKEPTICAL OF RED FLAGS AND TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS OF YOUR DOCTOR. SO IF YOU NEED TO FILL OR REFILL A PRESCRIPTION — EXPECT IT MIGHT TAKE LONGER THAN WHAT YOU’RE USED TO — ESPECIALLY IF IT’S FOR PAIN MEDICATION. I’M BOB SEGALL, CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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