The government has been cracking down on opioids, such crackdowns are never nuanced and will of course hit the ones that stand out, justified or not.
Until the people collecting the data are made accountable for problems with the system this sort of garbage will occur--and it's far more harmful when it's medical rather than just credit scores.
The doctors & pharmacies don't really have a choice here--do the medically right thing and you risk your license and maybe even your freedom.
Some years back locally we had a case that obviously related to this, but the news reporting barely touched on it. Murder-suicide, a cancer? patient denied adequate pain management took his doctor with him. Of course the true perpetrators at the DEA don't face any such repercussions.
It amazes me that an LEO agency sets medical policy for an entire nation - instead of an actual medical body. No one questions this from what I can tell.
The DEA is the precedent and even may order tests against patient will - doctors refusing makes the news.
It feels like the legislators want to automate malpractice investigations, instead forcing doctors to do malpractice because the computer says no.
In FL, Opioid Rx are limited to 3 days and the politics behind that pushes Drs to not Rx opioids under any circumstances.
Cases in point: I was recently Rx'd Tylenol after emergency abdominal surgery - had to convince the Dr just to Rx Tramadol. This is everywhere now. Under-medicating patients with OTC analgesics is the new normal for hospitals/ERs.
I've a friend who responsibly took opioids for years to mitigate his (visibly) advanced rheumatoid arthritis. Within a year of the 3-day law passing, Drs in his network ended opioid Rxs. The (now fewer) pain management Drs are over capacity and not accepting new patients. What pain relief he can manage isn't thru Drs.
So, yeah. Thanks Opioid Hysteria for forcing desperate people in pain toward less safe alternatives.
What a bullshit response. There's not even an acknowledgement that this is a bad thing, let alone any attempt to fix it.
The basic problem is they have set up a system that is totally focused on avoiding false negatives that it inevitably produces a lot of false positives.
As far as the US goes, this part isn't very true.
Collecting huge amounts of personal data for any purpose is allowed, whether that purpose is controlling people's choices at the store or maximizing profit of insurance companies by minimizing risk.
Sale of personal data is allowed, including selling data you collect on your customers' spending habits. Most companies in the US treat it as an extra revenue stream, and everywhere in the US where you can use a "loyalty card" is really just you opting in to them collecting more data on you and selling it.
Until things like aggregating personal data for corporate purposes are illegal here, this will continue, and corporations and government entities will continue to influence, control, and make judgements on individuals based on technology they don't themselves understand.
And it will all happen in silence and darkness, because there are no laws prohibiting doctors from choosing how they treat people based on services like NarxCare.
For profit health care is an abomination.
That does nothing. DEA is just the engine that turns outrage-driven laws from elected politicians i to concrete action. Destroying the agency won't remove the existence of such an engine, or reform the processes driving it.