Government Expert Critical of Impact of DEA Action on Availability of Pain Medicine
September 2, 2014
Rafael Miguel has been a frequent government expert in pain management cases, but even Dr. Miguel has recognized that the DEA enforcement efforts are misplaced. The DEA efforts to expand a pharmacist's "corresponding responsibility" have required them to second-guess physicians or demand medical records before providing needed pain medicine.
In June 2013 the American Medical Association issued a statement that, "a pharmacist who makes inappropriate queries on a physician's rationale behind a prescription, diagnosis or treatment plan is interfering with the practice of medicine."