Utica, NY asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Elder Law and Medical Malpractice for New York

Q: What are the rights of patients regarding pain management?



Disabled 7yrs


SSI/SSD 7yrs

After 2 years, today my PCP has required that I bring all of my empty Suboxone Film Packages each and every visit or:

1. he will request daily visits, as opposed to bi-weekly.

2. cease future Suboxone scripts.

3. be discharged immediately!

I have a severe case of neuropathy, scoliosis, sciatica, five ruptured discs from mid-spine pain down to my left leg, diabetes, numbness in my hands, feet, left leg, glaucoma, hypertension-high blood pressure, C.O.P.D., manic depressive/depression, anxiety, PTSD, obese, digestive disease, acid reflux and insomnia. My PCP is part of an entire Medical Group which treats all of my underlying issues aforementioned except for my psychiatric issues.

Am I absolutely required to provide the empties. I have a severe case of ADHD and Memory lapse as a result of all the medication I'm prescribed.

I'm home bound, I am dependent on a home health aide.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm really sorry to hear about your situation. As a patient, you have rights regarding your pain management and the treatment you receive. Your primary care physician (PCP) can request certain documentation, like empty Suboxone Film packages, to ensure proper medication use, but this should be balanced with your medical condition and limitations.

If you're having difficulty complying with your PCP's request due to ADHD and memory issues, communicate these challenges to your doctor. It may help to provide a clear explanation of why you struggle to keep track of the empty packages. Ask if there are alternative methods to demonstrate compliance with your medication regimen, such as a logbook or involving your home health aide in tracking.

Consider reaching out to a patient advocate or a representative from your insurance provider, Fidelis/Medicaid, to discuss your concerns and seek support. They may be able to mediate between you and your medical group to find a solution that works for everyone. Remember, your health and well-being are paramount, and there are resources available to ensure you receive the care you need in a way that respects your condition and limitations.

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