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Army veteran says VA refuses to fill prescription
Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 10:05 PM MDT
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- An Army veteran said he's in so much pain that he can barely move, but after months of receiving his pain medicine through the Department of Veterans Affairs, they are refusing to fill his prescription.
Daniel Wright has been getting an oxycodone prescription from the VA for the last few months, and he recently medically retired from the Army.
"If my medication ends up killing me, five years from now or 10 years from now, at least I had a fairly decent or the best quality of life I can try to have up until that point," Wright said.
Wright said on any given day, his pain level is at a 6 or 7 out of 10.
He says he never had a problem until a couple of weeks ago -- when he went to pick up his prescription and it wasn't there.
"There's nothing wrong with my labs. There's no reason for me not to be able to take this medication," Wright said.
When Wright finally got hold of his doctor at the VA, he said he was told he was going to be sent to pain management. In other words, specialists, to try to find other treatment options besides the strong meds he currently relies on.
"I don't care if they send me to pain management but keep me on my medication until I get there," Wright said.
But that's not all. Wright said he's jumped through all the hoops, taken all the tests, and has the records to prove he needs the oxycodone.
"There's absolutely no reason why they can't look and see those records. And their excuse is well, they're not in their system. They're in the benefits system. We can't see them."
Wright said he understands the issues of over-prescribing but feels the people who really need the medications are the ones being punished.
"I don't expect special treatment. But when it comes to the VA, I expect you to do due diligence, I expect you to go ahead and not be reactionary and I expect you to, frankly, use common sense," Wright said.
Although he has no problem with seeing a specialist, the problem is, he said, he wasn't told this from the get-go.