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    Medtronic pump

    I had a disagreement with my pain specialist and she will no longer treat me, dropped me effective immediately. Although thats not the way I wanted to approach the transition to a new pain doc, she chose to drop me as of 2/21. I have a Medtronic pump, the alarm goes off on 3/29 and my primary doctor, on orders from SCIPPA Directior, told me to go to the ER to get it filled. I know for a fact that any ER will not be equipped to fill my pump, nor will they have the medication to put into my pump. I have just 5 days to get this dealt with, any suggestions? I just know the ER will be a waste of time. My thinking is telling SCIPPA this will be the case, throwing the ball in their court and seeing what they say. My pump is currently filled with Pre-Alt. But any suggestions would be great appreciated. Thanks a lot

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    First of all, it is disgraceful for any doctor to drop a patient involved with a drug trial such as Prialt without at least recommending him to another doctor. That being said, I would contact Medtronics and ask them for a list of doctors in your vicinity that could handle your treatment. I would also report your doctor to the local chapter of the AMA.
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    What he said^. Also, get your records.

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    it is pretty disgraceful, I agree. I will probably be reporting her to the medical board.

    I did call Medronics and got some names but no one can see me before my pump starts alarming. They need time to get my records and review them. It takes some time.

    Anyone know if there are any withdrawal effects from Prialt? The stuff hasn't really helped me at all but then again my doc was only increasing in such tiny increments that I never got to a therapeutic level and I've had it in my pump since for 6 months. Waste of money!!!!

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    Medtronics has a vested interest in the success of these trials. I suggest that you contact them again and explain that the doctors they referred cannot see you in time. Medtronics might be able to move things along more quickly for you. As far as your records are concerned, you are entitled to copies of them from your previous doctor. With records in hand you might be able to expedite the process with one of the doctors referred.
    mike

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    I'm finally seeing a new pain specialist at Stanford today. My pump has been alarming since 3/29. When I went to the ER (Stanford), the pain doc who saw me would not do anything to the pump except tell me that there was 6 days of Prialt left since I'm not an established patient yet. I talked to Medronics and they said the pump will continue to run even when empty for about 2 weeks before it malfunctions. I was told the Prialt has no withdrawal effects but I'm sweating like crazy. Hopefully the pump will be usuable. I guess I will find out today.

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