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Schumer urging on FDA for stricter painkiller regulations

March 16, 2013

The use of pain killers containing hydrocodone as an abused prescription drug is becoming more common and Sen. Charles Schumer is urging stricter regulations on the prescriptio....

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shofuh

Mar-16-13 7:54 AM

Stupid. This will not do anything. The abusers will still find a way to abuse while those who really do need the medicine have another undue obstacle to obtaining it. When you have a relative that needs multiple medicines refilled in this way each month, you will see what a difficulty it is. It isn't always easy to get a chance to see your doctor multiple times per month to refill these prescriptions. NYS already has the toughest policies in regards to these situations. One more obstacle and we are moving.

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CountyResident

Mar-16-13 11:08 AM

I agree shofuh this is ridiculous.I suffer from chronic pain,due to a severe accident9 years ago.And now I have to go to the doctor once a month to obtain my prescription.Submit to a urine test pay my co-pay on my insurance.And drive 30 minutes one way to the doctor.And then wait another 30 to 45 min.at the pharmacy to obtain my prescription.And yet people on welfare,can obtain the drug illegally.Without the hassle,the urine test,or the co-pay,& the expense to & from the doctor.More regulation on control is not the answer.Criminals still obtain guns don't they.NYS has already made it next to impossible for me to obtain,the medications I need.And who suffers the legitimate person who needs it.P.A. state is looking better & better all the time.....

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localresident

Mar-16-13 12:31 PM

They should limit things to 7 pills per bottle. Any more is too much.

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lemonfleur

Mar-16-13 1:39 PM

Painkillers could be eliminated completely if the pharmaceutical companies didn't have such a tight grip on the medical industrial complex and on our politicians. There are much better ways to eliminate chronic pain that have no side effects, are cheaper and are likely to eliminate pain completely in the long term. These methods include massage, laser light therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic touch and Reiki, just to name a few. The insurance companies won't cover these alternative treatments because they pose a huge threat to big pharma. For those who say these things don't work have never tried them. These types of alternative methods work just as well for animals. I have a dog with chronic back pain due to disc disease. We took him for acupuncture and laser light therapy and he now plays and acts like a puppy. This is after one vet recommended we have him put down due to his chronic pain. Doctors and vets know nothing other than drugs. This is such a shame.

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shaver58

Mar-16-13 2:09 PM

Another law to control the law abiding citizen! This law is a bull **** law and this idiot along with the rest of the jerks in albany need to get voted out!

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CountyResident

Mar-16-13 2:10 PM

Localresident-Its apparent you have never had a major injury.Or suffered with chronic pain.I have had several surgeries to fix my neck/back & shoulder.And still suffer with chronic pain on a daily basis. lemonfleur I somewhat agree with you.There are other alternatives such as Marijuana,chiropractic ect.None of which my paid Insurance will cover the cost.In fact they urine test me for Marijuana.And yet people on welfare. Can not only smoke pot,they can afford to buy prescription narcotics. That they clearly don't need,its more about control.The FDA approves the use of these Narcotics.And yet local Gov. wants to punish those that need them.Its like any other drug out there ******,cocaine ect.People that want it ILLEGALLY will obtain it at all cost......

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localresident

Mar-16-13 2:48 PM

County, it was sarcasm. Don't get yourself in a tizzy.

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KeepinItReal4U

Mar-17-13 9:04 AM

I live with debilitating chronic pain & I go to a chiropractor 3x a week & a massage therapist 1x a week & that only being that no-fault insurance covers it.If not I would have no treatment due to the fact NYS Medicare does not cover any of the services I need.As for acupuncture they are a cash only basis.I live on Social Security thus I don't have the means to cover those expenses.I do not have a money tree growing in my back yard nor did I ever ever ask to be riddled with all the muscular skeletal ailments,joint diseases,muscle disease,& all that I have that make it impossible for me to live a pain free normal life. I can't get on the floor & play with my grandbabies,I can't hold them for long,can't push them in a stroller or attend the older ones sporting events.I am held captive in my own body.So until any one lives a life full of chronic pain they need not make assumptions as to what should & should not work for alternate methods of pain reduction.DON'T T

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KeepinItReal4U

Mar-17-13 9:10 AM

@LEMONFLEUR I DON'T TAKE SARCASM TOO LIGHTLY ON THIS TOPIC ESPECIALLY FROM A PERSON WHO COMPARES HUMANS PAIN & ALTERNATIVES WITH A DOG.AND IF IT WAS JUST SARCASM YOU SHOULD OF JUST SAVED YOUR POOR LITTLE FINGERS FROM TYPING.AND I AM ONE WHO HAS TRIED OTHER ALTERNATIVES AS YOU MENTIONED.SO NOW WHAT?? GO PLAY WITH YOUR DOG & COMMENT WHEN DOG ISSUES COME UP & NOT ON ISSUES LIKE THIS THAT YOU EVIDENTLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.

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DarkStar

Mar-18-13 8:49 AM

KeepinItReal4U,

I think your confusing comments by localresident and lemonfleur.

As for the alternative therapies, while I believe they have benifits but sadly the practitioners are their own worst enemies.

Until the practitioners of these alternative therapies police themselves they are doomed.

For example, many chiropractic services still claim they can solve medical problems in infants by manipulating a mother's legs while the infant in on her abdomen, and the profession as a whole will not address it.

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