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Dr. Ken's Corner: FDA Drafts New Blueprint for Pain Management

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on May 23, 2017 10:30:05 AM

The new FDA commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has described America's opioid crisis as a, "public health emergency on the order of Ebola and Zika" (Senate confirmation hearing, April 5, 2017). In its recently released proposal, the FDA is asking doctors to cut back on writing prescriptions for opioids by turning to acupuncturists and chiropractors for non-pharmacologic approaches to pain control.  "[Health providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful, and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management," advised the FDA.

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Topics: Dr. Ken Teufel, Dr. Ken's Corner, drug addiction, FDA, opioid, opioids, pain management, pain medication, painkillers

'You're Fired,' Said The Doctor to the Patient

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jul 30, 2014 9:14:30 PM

"No shows" -- patients who miss appointments a lot -- and those who repeatedly show up late, run the risk of being 'fired' by their doctor. Usually they receive a letter from their physician saying that they would be better off seeking care elsewhere. But this is no longer the most common reason for asking a patient to find another doctor. Most dismissals today "involve disruptive and threatening behavior often linked to drug abuse," says Ann Whitehead, the vice president of risk management and patient safety at The Cooperative of American Physicians. "It's progressively getting worse," says Whitehead, as more patients go "from one doctor to another, going down the line to get a number of prescriptions."

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Topics: locum tenens, Dr. Ken's Corner, difficult patients, pain medication

'You're Fired,' Said The Doctor to the Patient

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 13, 2014 4:49:17 PM

"No shows" -- patients who miss appointments a lot -- and those who repeatedly show up late, run the risk of being 'fired' by their doctor. Usually, they receive a letter from their physician saying that they would be better off seeking care elsewhere. But this is no longer the most common reason for asking a patient to find another doctor. Most dismissals today "involve disruptive and threatening behavior often linked to drug abuse," says Ann Whitehead, the vice president of risk management and patient safety at The Cooperative of American Physicians. "It's progressively getting worse," says Whitehead, as more patients go "from one doctor to another, going down the line to get a number of prescriptions."

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Topics: locum tenens, Dr. Ken's Corner, difficult patients, pain medication

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