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A Columbus doctor is opposed to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU over the new state law requiring patients who are prescribed certain pain medications be tested.
The rule was adopted by the state Medical Licensing Board last month based on a law passed by the legislature last year that‘s designed to cut down on illegal pain medicine prescriptions. The federal lawsuit was filed in Indianapolis on behalf of a man from Hamilton County who has been prescribed pain medications for at least 18 years. The lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting the Medical Licensing Board from requiring the drug testing when that testing is not medically indicated and from requiring that patients sign a treatment agreement consenting to the testing.
Dr. Michael Whitworth of Advanced Pain Management says the rules are designed to "reduce the explosion in deaths of Hoosiers from opioid narcotics that have occurred over the past decade." He said the increased prescribing of opioid narcotics is directly linked to the increased death rate. Whitworth added that the monitoring of patients in medicine is not a new thing. He also says that physicians simply will not prescribe if they are not allowed to monitor their patients.
Whitworth says the task force of the attorney general, the state medical association, and the medical board are satisfied with the law, and stand by it as written.
Last Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014 11:38:49 AM
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