Drug Topics contributor Steve Ariens is a nonstop crusader for the rights of pharmacists. A cause about which he is equally passionate is the suffering inflicted upon chronic pain patients denied access to the medications upon which they depend and for which they hold legitimate prescriptions. He has warned in the pages of Drug Topics about possible consequences for pharmacists who refuse to fill valid Rxs. Now he offers a page of simple instructions for patients on how to file complaints.
If a patient is denied a medication upon presentation of a valid/on-time prescription for a controlled substance, that patient may be eligible to file an ADA complaint.
If the patient is disabled, as determined by coverage under Social Security, Medicare, or private disability insurance, that patient is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many chronic pain patients meet this criterion.
The ADA parallels the Civil Rights Act of 1964. People who are disabled cannot be discriminated against because of their disabilities.