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Once again, Broward County FL, the epicenter of a “new” synthetic drug.
Why Broward County?
Perhaps because we have a generation of iatrogenic addicts due to the on-going grossly negligent physician narcotic prescriptions? Coupled with inadequate medical and/or treatment resources to help this generation. Of course Broward County is the epicenter and will continue to be the epicenter until the medical community steps up to the plate and helps fix the wrongs that their peers created. We are loosing an entire generation due to physician prescribed narcotics.
Taken as prescribed = dependency/addiction/death
(Read the Warning Label – and demand an “informed consent”)
Dependency/addiction/deaths are growing at alarming rates in our Veterans, post-op patients, worker’s comp patients, injured athletes, post dental extraction patients, and our elderly Medicare patients.
During this physician “disciplining” (lack of) meeting where we held a “peaceful protest”, Pill Mill doctors set free with little to no reprimands to their licenses, a physician who committed automobile insurance fraud was denied reinstatement of his license, and a physician who committed Medicaid fraud had his license reinstated.
Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case.
WSVN (Channel 7)– The Florida Board of Medicine has given a license back to a local doctor with multiple DUI’s and a grand theft conviction involving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
So, regardless of the “public health safety issues”, we now have a convicted physician felon practicing medicine in our state. Yes, it appears that if you have an outstanding felony background, you can practice medicine in Florida. Yet, non-physician Floridians, with a felony background can even get a job at McDonald’s.
Alert for FL physicians: do not commit auto insurance fraud because you will loose your medical license, but you can commit Medicaid fraud and still keep your license. And that is how we roll in FL, by NOT “protecting the public health safety of FL citizens”. Any question why FL remains the best state to practice grossly negligent medicine?
FYI, Florida is #1, once again, for the top prescribing/dispensing of Dilaudid (hydromorphone). Pill Mills (Urgent Care Centers) alive and well, just under the radar.
As long as the physician retains their license, this man made(Big Pharm) physician controlled CDC declared fatal narcotic epidemic will continue.
More than 101 physicians who worked at the 189 now closed/administratively revoked/voluntary surrender Broward County “pain management clinics” still have a clear and active medical license.
This is a “doctors” office?
Yes it is, in Florida.
The self regulated FL physician community did nothing and continue to do nothing. Its very obvious, since 2009, that this is “acceptable standards of medical practice”. FL physicians must endorse this type of medical practice, as the PILL MILL physicians continue to maintain the privilege of practicing medicine in our state. Verified by the lack of disciplinary performance by the medical boards.
Why and how does ensuring “quality medical standards” and “ensuring the public HEALTH safety of FL citizens” become the job of law enforcement?
It is NOT their job, it is the job of the governor appointed medical boards, and the DOH/MQA.
They and the governor have failed to uphold this stated mission,
allowing lives to be destroyed and allowing fatalities to continue.
In addition to the destruction of FL lives and families, lives and families along the “OxyExpress”
have been lost and devastated due to FL physicians.
The minimum requirement to run a Pill Mill is a PHYSICIAN
“The affiliated VIP Pharmacy was, authorities said, dispensing more oxycodone than any other retail pharmacy in the nation — more than 27 times the amount sold by the average Florida pharmacy and 49 times the national average. A lone doctor labored inside the clinic to accommodate the demand from drug seekers, many from other states including Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.”
Pill Mill Owners Turn Snitch to Cut Jail Time
A pain management doctor in Pinellas Park is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after three people died because he prescribed them drugs they didn’t need, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Dr. Edward Neil Feldman was arrested Tuesday and charged in three counts tied to the deaths. He and his wife, Kim Xuan Feldman, are also being charged with five counts related to drug conspiracy, money laundering, and other illegal financial transactions, according to the Times.
According to the FL DOH, Dr. Feldman has 3 Administrative Complaints (from the public) dating back to 2010. All 3 complaints are about him over prescribing oxycodone, otherwise known to the general public as running a Pill Mill. He is a “controlled substance prescriber” and a “dispensing practitioner” with a clear and active medical license. (Dispensing narcotics from a physician office became illegal during the 2010 legislature – thanks to Senator Fasano)
LINK to complaints NOT yet heard by the FL Medical Board after an almost 5 year delay:
What has the FL Board of Medicine done? Nothing as usual even though their mission is to “protect the public health safety of FL citizens”. Nor has the FL Surgeon General John Armstrong done anything. He has the power to emergently suspend a physician license if “lives are in imminent danger”.
Florida is, and will remain the Pill Mill Capitol of the US. This is the reason why FL is not seeing a big spike in heroin deaths like other states – because the Pill Mills are still here!
One can conclude that the governor appointed medical boards are fully responsible for this PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic whose epicenter is Broward County. It is now a national, CDC declared epidemic, morphing into a heroin epidemic. But keep in mind, there are more deaths from PHYSICIAN prescribed drugs than heroin. Let’s keep our eye on the ball – the PHYSICIAN,
And, the FL PDMP (E-Forcse) is not mandatory for physicians to use – see previous blog. REALLY? Nor will Senator Sobel, or any Senator for that matter, step up to the plate to protect the citizens they represent. Shameful!
More FL licensed physicians still practicing medicine with 53 deaths associated with their medical practice:
Florida: Home of the largest Pill Mills in the US
Joseph Castronuovo, MD: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASINDI.ASP?LicId=101304&ProfNBR=1501
Not only SHAMEFUL but CRIMINAL!
The success of and data reliability of ANY data base, is first,
that it be used.
Florida physicians and other prescribers usage of FL’s PDMP (E-Forcse)
As a result, only 12% of prescribers are using the FL PDMP in the
The Pill Mill Capitol of the United States
We are petitioning YOU to help us save lives!
Senator Eleanor Sobel (D – District 33), Vice Chair of the FL Health Policies Committee, said she would sponsor a Bill for us making the usage of the PDMP, by physicians, mandatory for schedule II, III, and IV drugs.
The bill would include the interstate exchange and possibly Naloxone and decreasing the 7 day window for script data entry. We have recently spoken with her office and were told the bill is written, however Senator Sobel is having second thoughts regarding actually filing this bill.
We need all of you to call her office and tell her why Florida needs to strengthen the PDMP by mandating physician usage.
Things to say when you call and/or leave a message:
- The PDMP is ineffective if physicians are not using it and we will continue to lose lives.
- FL will continue to see unacceptable physician prescribed over dose rates.
- There is a federal push for the mandatory use of the PDMP federally via S.2839
- The AMA supports full funding and staffing for up-to-date, interoperable, at the point-of-care prescription drug monitoring programs that are integrated into a physician’s workflow. And the AMA has communicated its support for most elements of the Obama Administration’s Plan to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion including a national PDMP with interstate exchange operating in real time.
- Federally, S.2839 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 2014, includes the mandate for usage of a PDMP with inter-state exchange operating in real time. US Senator Bill Nelson (FL-D) has cosponsored this bill. http://www.billnelson.senate.gov/
Call Senator Sobel
954-924-3693(Broward) or 850-487-5033(Tallahassee)
Email Senator Sobel:
Yale Olenick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call/Email your Senator or Representative:
Thank you for helping us save lives during this CDC declared PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic.
Heroin use is a public health emergency
that calls for legislative solutions
(8/10 heroin users started with a PHYSICIAN prescription drug)
The Washington Post – January 2, 2014
Florida’s PDMP, E-Forcse has been in operation for @3 years.
Only 12% physicians are voluntarily complying.
Florida, particularly Broward County,
is the epicenter of this now national opioid epidemic.
It appears that the “epicenter” and “Pill Mill capitol” will remain associated with Florida physicians. FL physicians are not using a tool that has been proven to work.
FLORIDA – Where is the outrage?
FL physicians NOT using a tool that is data proven to save lives!
FL physicians started this problem, and are continuing the problem!
“Dispensing” practitioners are required to enter the script information into the PDMP.
Urgent Care Centers are popping up left and right. In fact, across the street from each other. Yes, they can dispense narcotics. Are they using the PDMP as required? Who is checking dispensing physician practitioners compliance? And, what are the ramifications of non-compliance? Will their license be in jeopardy? Of course not. That’s how the FL “governor” appointed medical boards roll in Florida.
Pill Mill Capital /OxyExpress
Chapter 2 is in full swing.
Stoppnow was invited to speak at the Statewide DEA workshop held November 5th 2014. We are very grateful to the role DEA and Law Enforcement has played to eradicate the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that our country is plagued by. We were pleased to be invited to spend the afternoon with the Diversion Agents and share our experience with the tragedy and suffering of so many in our communities. We appreciate all that they and law enforcement are contributing. Sherrif Lamberti once said that we can’t arrest our way out of this; but quite often that seems to be the case.
We have requested a meeting with the Florida Surgeon General, John Armstrong and look forward to addressing a solution to the backlog of high prescribing doctors. They are not being brought before the Board of Medicine in a timely manner and continue to be licensed and prescribing and causing deaths.