We Oppose Any Ban of Vicodin (Hydrocodone HCl)

We, the People of the United States, feel we have the right to have access to medications that have, as their primary effect, relieving of acute or chronic pain. Vicodin (Hydrocodone Hydrochloride) has a proven track record of being a reliable medication for relieving pain enough that those afflicted with disabling pain, may function day to day. It appears that an administrative panel of the FDA have voted to ban Vicodin from use by patients, at the same time as they have moved to try to decrease dosage of certain over the counter pain products containing "Acetaminophen" (Tylenol). We see these actions as ultimately causing millions of people to suffer needlessly with intractable pain, simply because allegedly SOME people abuse these substances. Some people abuse and intake too much food, but it would be folly to ban all people from having access to food, in the same sense that it will cause needless suffering to millions, to remove one of the staples of pain management. Thus, we petition the government for redress of our grievances against this wrongheaded and ultimately, dangerous path which the Food and Drug Administration has embarked upon. We believe this vote was an over-reaction and a knee jerk response to a phantom problem. At the very least, before any hasty actions are undertaken, this should be put to a popular referendum to the people that will ultimately be harmed by this foolish proposed ban.

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  • Anonymous This is ridiculous, I've never seen anything like it. I been suffering from back pain all my life (scoliosis) Not to mention a torn rotor cuff. The Government needs to stay out of this. They're are people who actually need them . For all the addicts that want to get high. All you're doing is ruining your life. Why should this be changed because of the non responsible addicts ? I was getting refills 6 month supply now i have to get them on a month to month basis. THE responsible people like me and others are paying the price because of the idiots in Washington D.C... Why didn't we the people get a chance to vote for this. I'm 100% against this. I need them for pain which I'm in pain all the time . It hurts to walk or stand. This is not right. This must be stopped. The tyrants in D.C need to all be voted out. I'm sick of this.

  • Dana Baker IF DRUG DEALERS ARE WHO YOUR AFTER THIS IS NOT THE WAY. HEROIN IS WAY WORSE THAN HYDROCODONE AND I FULLY EXPECT TO SEE THE COUNTRY'S HEROIN PROBLEM GO WAY UP WHILE THOSE OF US IN PAIN SUFFER

  • David Byrnes I have a herniated disc and S.I. problems for over 9 years now. I have undergone over 70 physical therapy visits, numerous pool therapy visits, not to mention numerous chiropractic visits, back injection treatment, and being a guinea-pig to many different medications. I was told by my back Doctor's that surgery wasn’t a good option for me.; so after finally finding a medication that worked for me called Hydrocodone, This medication actually helped the pain and helped me to maintain my days, I have since been cut off the Hydrocodone medication by my current Doctor and I was not even tapered off of this narcotic medication. Keep in mind; I did not go to her because i was not happy with the meds or any other reason. She said that this had to be done because of the D.E.A. Scheduling changes. My Dr changed my medication to Oxycodone, and this med was not working for me until she upped the dosage, since then she lowered the dosage and I am very miserable. I raised waves with the Drs Staff because she did not prescribe what we discussed and a dosage that actually did help. And the staff would not let me discuss this matter with the Doctor. I am forced to taper myself off of this medication because with my insurance i cannot find a dr that with take a new patient with chronic pain issues, I have NEVER FAILED A DRUG TEST,Never Lost nor had any medications stolen, never been to the E.R. for medsseeking, and never gone Dr seeking for meds anywhere else... I am SO MISERABLE. THIS IN NOT WHAT I CALL A QUALITY OF LIFE.. I AM SIGNING THIS TO STOP BEING A VICTIM OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND D.E.A. These Departments feel that they can have the power to control our Doctor's Decisions and the lack of the patient’s rights and quality of life decisions. Because our government and D.E.A. cannot figure out a logical solution to the abusers that seek some of the selected and abused medications the patient must suffer these consequences. PLEASE LIVE ONE DAY IN MY SHOES,. you have no clue how miserable and what it feels like to constantly be in continuous PAIN, It is no wonder why we have so many people self medicating, Drug and alcohol abuse, and or deaths due to people not being able to seek help from the doctor to help them in chronic pain. I wish I wasn’t in pain; I was not given another treatment option except to deal with it,
    Please allow the patient a say in their health decisions and treatment. So much for the patient’s HIPPA LAWS. These laws are not as good as the paper that that they are written on.
    Please help in a solution soon and not acting in the problem. we as patients dont want to have our voice heard in a class action lawsuit.. Please fix the problem before it gets to that level.

    There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain.
    This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping".

    Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends.

    Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings.

    Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later.
    Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide?
    The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain.
    Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction.
    I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients
    Thank you for your time.

    David Byrnes (Spokane, WA)
    slammer513@gmail.com

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    Dana Baker

    3 weeks ago Comments: IF DRUG DEALERS ARE WHO YOUR AFTER THIS IS NOT THE WAY. HEROIN IS WAY WORSE THAN HYDROCODONE AND I FULLY EXPECT TO SEE THE COUNTRY'S HEROIN PROBLEM GO WAY UP WHILE THOSE OF US IN PAIN SUFFER
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    David Byrnes

    3 weeks ago Comments: I have a herniated disc and S.I. problems for over 9 years now. I have undergone over 70 physical therapy visits, numerous pool therapy visits, not to mention numerous chiropractic visits, back injection treatment, and being a guinea-pig to many different medications. I was told by my back Doctor's that surgery wasn’t a good option for me.; so after finally finding a medication that worked for me called Hydrocodone, This medication actually helped the pain and helped me to maintain my days, I have since been cut off the Hydrocodone medication by my current Doctor and I was not even tapered off of this narcotic medication. Keep in mind; I did not go to her because i was not happy with the meds or any other reason. She said that this had to be done because of the D.E.A. Scheduling changes. My Dr changed my medication to Oxycodone, and this med was not working for me until she upped the dosage, since then she lowered the dosage and I am very miserable. I raised waves with the Drs Staff because she did not prescribe what we discussed and a dosage that actually did help. And the staff would not let me discuss this matter with the Doctor. I am forced to taper myself off of this medication because with my insurance i cannot find a dr that with take a new patient with chronic pain issues, I have NEVER FAILED A DRUG TEST,Never Lost nor had any medications stolen, never been to the E.R. for medsseeking, and never gone Dr seeking for meds anywhere else... I am SO MISERABLE. THIS IN NOT WHAT I CALL A QUALITY OF LIFE.. I AM SIGNING THIS TO STOP BEING A VICTIM OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND D.E.A. These Departments feel that they can have the power to control our Doctor's Decisions and the lack of the patient’s rights and quality of life decisions. Because our government and D.E.A. cannot figure out a logical solution to the abusers that seek some of the selected and abused medications the patient must suffer these consequences. PLEASE LIVE ONE DAY IN MY SHOES,. you have no clue how miserable and what it feels like to constantly be in continuous PAIN, It is no wonder why we have so many people self medicating, Drug and alcohol abuse, and or deaths due to people not being able to seek help from the doctor to help them in chronic pain. I wish I wasn’t in pain; I was not given another treatment option except to deal with it, Please allow the patient a say in their health decisions and treatment. So much for the patient’s HIPPA LAWS. These laws are not as good as the paper that that they are written on. Please help in a solution soon and not acting in the problem. we as patients dont want to have our voice heard in a class action lawsuit.. Please fix the problem before it gets to that level. There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain. This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping". Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends. Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings. Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later. Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide? The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain. Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction. I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients Thank you for your time. David Byrnes (Spokane, WA) slammer513@gmail.com
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