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02/05/12

I do beg your pardon, Mr. Kolodny! I am one of those doctors who has tried to address the unintended consequences of the new regulations regarding prescription of opioids for chronic pain: consequences such as primary care physicians (now 80% of them) refusing to provide care for ANY chronic pain patients, regardless of the situation, and including patients they have personally prescribed and cared for for years. Many patients are now unable to find a doctor or other provider who is willing to take them on for chronic pain management that involves opiates.

To suggest that people like me are likely to be receiving payments from a company that makes opiates is a very broad and foul-smelling net indeed. You owe an apology to all those ethical and legitimate doctors and other providers whom you have impugned.

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