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Claudia Merandi is the President and Bev Schechtman the VP of The Doctor Patient Forum, also known as Don’t Punish Pain Rally. We are bringing awareness to the war on pain patients and their prescribers. We explain how our country got into this mess and what needs to happen to fix it. Join us as weekly as we bring you different aspects of this fight. We give you tools you need to advocate, educate, and legislate. Check out our website at thedoctorpatientforum.com

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Claudia Merandi is the President and Bev Schechtman the VP of The Doctor Patient Forum, also known as Don’t Punish Pain Rally. We are bringing awareness to the war on pain patients and their prescribers. We explain how our country got into this mess and what needs to happen to fix it. Join us as weekly as we bring you different aspects of this fight. We give you tools you need to advocate, educate, and legislate. Check out our website at thedoctorpatientforum.com

    Danny and Gretchen Elliot's Double Suicide - Due to DEA shutting down a doctor's office - Leaving Abandoned Patients -

    Danny and Gretchen Elliot's Double Suicide - Due to DEA shutting down a doctor's office - Leaving Abandoned Patients -

    Danny Elliot was a chronic pain patient who has been vocal on Twitter about what it was like for him after he lost his doctor because of actions of the DEA.

    Danny lost his doctor a few weeks ago for the third time due to the DEA. Where was the CDC's Opioid Rapid Response Program?

    The following article in Pain News Network gives a bit more detail.

    DEA Suspension of Doctor's License Leads to Double Suicide



    Please go to the following sources to hear/read them in their entirety. 


    Journalist Barry Meier at Stanford Medicine's Health Policy Forum
    Roger Chou's interview - PCSS Episode 5 - Applications of the CDC Guidelines
    Kolodny's quote about suicide due to pain being bogus
    Adriane Fugh-Berman pushes back against Dr. Kertesz about the need to study suicide due to pain or stopping pain medication
    Danny's Podcast on Painkiller



    Links mentioned in this podcast episode:

    Opioid Rapid Response Program (ORRP) Information

    Dr. Kertesz's Tweet about California Doctor

    CDC's recent tweet about ORRP



    Suicide hotline: 988 or 911



    Disclaimer: The information that has been provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered legal or medical advice.










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    • 55 min
    Part 4 - PDMP/NarxCare - Jacob James Rich - PDMP and Law Enforcement

    Part 4 - PDMP/NarxCare - Jacob James Rich - PDMP and Law Enforcement

    This is part 4 in our NarxCare/PDMP series. We interview Jacob James Rich. This episode focuses on PDMP harms, law enforcement's access to the PDMP, and whether HIPAA protects patients from PDMP data being shared.

    Jacob James Rich is a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Evidence-Based Care Research, studying epidemiology and biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Jacob also works as an analyst for Reason Foundation, focusing on healthcare policy. He has written extensively on drug policy topics, such as the consequences of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on patient access and overdose mortality. Jacob is currently researching racial disparities in drug enforcement with CWRU Graduate Student Council's DEI Award.

    Brief: https://reason.org/policy-study/prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-effects-on-opioid-prescribing-and-drug-overdose-mortality/

    Reason bio page: https://reason.org/author/jacob-rich/

    Twitter: @jacobjamesrich

    Attorney Jennifer Oliva's article on PDMP and law enforcement in Duke Law Review - Prescription Drug Policing: The Right to Health Information privacy Pre- and post-Carpenter 
    Links to topics mentioned:


    Opioid Rapid Response Program content on The Doctor Patient Forum Website
    OIG Toolkit



    Links to podcasts or presentations in their entirety that were shared in this podcast - 


    NASCA - "State PDMP vs National PDMP"
    Cover 2 Resources - "Strike Force Stops Flow of Illicit Opioids"
    Cato Institute - "Patients, Privacy, and PDMP's"
    NPR show 1A - "Against the Pain - The Opioid Crisis and Medication Access"



    Kate Nicholson's bio - "Kate Nicholson, JD, is a civil rights attorney and a nationally-recognized expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She served in the U.S. Department of Justice for 18 years, where she litigated and managed cases, coordinated federal disability policy, and drafted the current ADA regulations." - Executive Director at NPAC

    Kate developed intractable pain after a surgical mishap left her unable to sit or stand and severely limited in walking for many years. She gave the TEDx talk, What We Lose When We Undertreat Pain, and speaks widely at universities and conferences and to medical groups."




    Disclaimer: The information provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered medical or legal advice.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Part 3 - PDMP/NarxCare with Atty. Jennifer D. Oliva

    Part 3 - PDMP/NarxCare with Atty. Jennifer D. Oliva

    Claudia and Bev discuss PDMP's (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs) and NarxCare with Atty. Jennifer Oliva. 

    "Professor Oliva’s research and teaching interests include health law and policy, privacy law, evidence, torts, and complex litigation. She has served as an invited peer reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and Big Data & Society and her scholarship has been published by or is forthcoming in, among other publications, the California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, George Mason Law Review, and online companions to the University of Chicago Law Review and New York University Law Review."

    Jenn is on the Science and Policy Advisory Council for NPAC (National Pain Advocacy Center)

    Excerpts were played on this podcast that can be found in their entirety in the following links:

    NPR show 1A - "Against the Pain: The Opioid Crisis and Medication Access"

    "Patients, Privacy, and PDMP's" - Cato with Dr. Jeffrey Singer and Kate Nicholson

    Duke Margolis - "Strategies for Promoting the Safe Use of Prescription Opioids"

    NPR - "To End Addiction Epidemic" - Kolodny quote

    Cover 2 Resources - Gary Mendell



    Jennifer Oliva can be contacted on Twitter @jenndoliva

    Learn more about Jennifer on her website at uchastings



    Jennifer D. Oliva's paper:  "Dosing Discrimination: Regulating PDMP Risk Scores"



    Thank you to my co-researcher, Carrie Judy, for her tireless research and advocacy about NarxCare and PDMP.



    Disclaimer: The information provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered medical or legal advice






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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Part 3 - Tips from a pharmacist with Pharmacist Matt

    Part 3 - Tips from a pharmacist with Pharmacist Matt

    Claudia and Bev interview Pharmacist Matt from Tik Tok 

    Matt is a community pharmacist who works at a local independent pharmacy.

     His goal with Tik Tok is to basically give a virtual consultation. A window to the world bringing pharmacy specific information to the world. Along with Tik Tok you, can also tune in to his podcast - the two druggists. It is an entertaining and insightful program with drug information and stories. You can also find Pharmacist Matt on Instagram.

    Walgreens good faith prescribing checklist

    Information about Walgreen's good faith prescribing checklist

    Blog about Walgreen's good faith prescribing checklist

     Listen in as Matt gives tips to pain patients for when they go to the pharmacy. He explains what to do if the pharmacist gives you a hard time. He says what the pharmacist is having to deal with.  Disclaimer: The information that has been provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered medical or legal advice.

    Disclaimer: The information provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered medical or legal advice


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    • 40 min
    We need your help with this survey! Interview with Dr. Jay Joshi

    We need your help with this survey! Interview with Dr. Jay Joshi

    Bev interviews Dr. Jay Joshi (from Daily Remedy) about an extremely important survey and we need your help!
    The opioid epidemic has incurred significant clinical and economic toll on the United States. The human impact of the epidemic has adversely affected communities and many employers. We see the impact on the data. Opioid overdoses continue to rise and more potent forms of illicit heroin and fentanyl flood the streets. The trends affect all aspects of healthcare, including the patient-physician encounter, a microcosm of the social ramifications of the epidemic.
    But data alone does not capture the perceptions that arise between physicians and patients during a clinic visit. Physicians are concerned about clinical and legal consequences that may arise if they prescribe controlled substances such as opioids to patients. Patients are concerned that their physicians will unnecessarily reduce or outright discontinue their medication, affecting their quality of life and their activities or daily living. As a result, there is an inherent lack of trust that builds between the physician and patient.
    These are major concerns. But they are lacking in the health data. To evaluate the impact these perceptions have on broader data trends, we propose a series of short one to two question surveys that glean specific patient perceptions that arise during the patient encounter when discussing opioids and pain management.
    How will we do this?
    Every week we will release a survey asking one or two pertinent questions on the perceptions patient experience during the patient encounter.
    We will stratify the responses per county and state and cross-reference them with existing data to evaluate how clinical perceptions affect or are affected by trends in clinical data.
    When will the questions be released?
    We will release each question on a Sunday starting October 9th. After that a new question will appear every Sunday for the next 10-12 weeks, excluding holiday weekends.
    How can we get involved?
    Foremost, take part in the survey. What you think matters. How you feel during a patient encounter is important. Your perceptions determine clinical outcomes.
    Once you answer the questions, please share the survey link and repost it across your social media feeds. The more responses we get, the stronger the survey response data.
    What’s the first question?
    Does your provider trust you?
    https://www.daily-remedy.com/survey/how-strongly-do-you-believe-that-you-can-tell-when-your-provider-does-not-trust-you/

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    • 14 min
    Part 2 - PDMP/NarxCare - NarxCare used to deny medical care

    Part 2 - PDMP/NarxCare - NarxCare used to deny medical care

    This is part 2 of our NarxCare podcast series.  

    Part 1

    We play portions of the radio show 1A of NPR that Maia Szalavitz and Bev Schechtman were on. 

    They covered the article Maia wrote in Wired about NarxCare called "The Pain Was Unbearable. So Why Did Doctors Turn Her Away?"

    Full recording of the radio show 1A

    Watch Dr. Ibsen do a running commentary on the radio show as it happened 

    Link to NarxCare information on our website. 

    Contact us at: bev@thedoctorpatientforum.com claudia@thedoctorpatientforum.com 

    Disclaimer: This information that has been provided to you in this podcast is not to be considered medical advice


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    • 49 min

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Cappyden ,

When Politics interferes with…

… pain management the results are often disastrous. After 22 years of patient advocacy here in Washington DC, I have literally witnessed hundreds of untold tragedies just like this one. How is it that we in the CPC (Chronic Pain Community) are more often than not treated like common criminals rather than real patients with chronic diseases seeking treatment? We never set out to be like this, we never had an interest in addictive drugs, and yet government officials have pigeonholed our community as malingering drug addicts ONLY because it earns them a votes from their ignorant constituents.

Magnatwanda ,

Outstanding Podcasts

The Narxcare podcasts are amazing and so choc full of great information.
I do want to mention that Bev’s voice is cutting out at the end of both Narxcare episodes😢.
I love your podcasts and appreciate all the work you do for pain patients and doctors. Thank you🙏.

IceManCometh ,

Priceless Advocate

The work they do and the information they get out is so crucial to EVERYONE because eventually almost all people will be in pain and need help. Doesn’t impact you … till you’re there in person. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!! Claudia and crew are amazing!!!

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