Stop Florida pharmacies from denying pain patients vital medicines
  • Petitioned Chris Krese

This petition was delivered to:

Senior Vice President, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Chris Krese
Executive Director, Florida Pharmacy Association
Michael Jackson
President, Florida Independent Pharmacy Network
Paul Franck
Florida Pharmacies
Florida Pharmacies

Stop Florida pharmacies from denying pain patients vital medicines

    1. Petition by

      Bob Twillman

      Lenexa, KS

Floridians living with pain are finding it increasingly difficult to get their legal and legitimate pain medication prescriptions filled. The story of Sue, a nurse who worked with newborn babies in the intensive care unit, represents what countless Floridians face. Twelve years ago, Sue was rear-ended on her way home from work by a distracted driver and has spent every day since with disabling back pain. She had to give up nursing because of the pain and she still struggles every day to get out of bed to work as a self-employed legal consultant. Because of Florida’s well-intentioned but poorly executed efforts to crackdown on “pill mills” – criminal enterprises that masquerade as legitimate pain clinics – she is now forced to drive 2½ hours to find a doctor who will treat her because many doctors are unwilling to prescribe these drugs for fear of being labeled as a pill mill. As if that’s not bad enough, last month, she had to drive more than 100 miles to find a pharmacy to fill her legitimate prescriptions for pain medications! Recently, CVS pharmacies even started refusing to fill prescriptions from specific doctors as an official company policy.


For people who struggle to live with their pain, including some who must use wheelchairs, the hours they have to spend in their cars and work to get in and out of a car--just to find a pharmacy to fill their prescriptions--all only makes their pain worse. Floridians and all other Americans who live with debilitating chronic pain should never face more challenges to getting the care they need to live their lives.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Florida Congressmen ask DEA why people can't get meds

      Bob Twillman
      Petition Organizer

      13 members of Congress, including at least 2 from Florida, have written a letter to the DEA administrator, asking for information about why patients are having such a hard time getting access to their medications. See the following article from the Orlando Sentinel:

      http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-pharmacies-prescription-drug-letter-20121005,0,7176942.story

    3. Rally at Florida Capitol now set for September 12

      Bob Twillman
      Petition Organizer

      The date for the rally at the Florida Capitol has now been scheduled for September 12.

      Also, please see the following YouTube piece from a Florida ABC News affiliate, talking about the rally:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsWwYQI4tyY&list=UUK0UUsCjtMRNtS3BPh1Yc4w&index=2&feature=plpp_video

      For more information, please contact Donna Ratliff at goldenmain517@gmail.com,
      or find her on Facebook page -" Fight For Pain Care Action Network".

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Rally at Florida Capitol planned for September 10

      Bob Twillman
      Petition Organizer

      Donna Ratliff, a Florida advocate for people with pain who are having trouble getting their prescriptions filled, is planning a rally at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee for September 10. She is raising funds to support the rally, including renting buses to bring people from South Florida to the capital.

      For more information, please contact Donna Ratliff at goldenmain517@gmail.com,
      or find her on Facebook page -" Fight For Pain Care Action Network".

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. WBBH TV (Fort Myers) runs story about difficulty getting pain medicines

      Bob Twillman
      Petition Organizer

      This news story tells about the trouble people are having with getting their prescriptions for pain medicines filled. It tells the story of one person in particular, and has comments from the Florida Attorney General's pain clinic prosecutor, saying this is an unintended consequence. He ASKS people to tell him their story!

    8. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bethany Peri JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 9 months ago

      I am a chronic pain patient with a spinal fusion and getting a neck fusion. I have not been able to get my medication in jacksonville florida for 2 months now. Cant the dea and pharmacys see the patients who need it and who are abusing?? come on!

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    • Heather Greek SCOTTSMOOR, FL
      • 9 months ago

      I can't find a drug store to fill m scripts. I have been going to one for 8 years now they all say they are "out". I can't afford to spend 3 hours driving looking for a pharmacy that has my medicine. The longer it takes, the sicker i get.

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    • Alicia Worch TAMPA, FL
      • 9 months ago

      I I am also unable to get prescriptions filled

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    • david pyle RUSKIN, FL
      • 9 months ago

      i have 3 to 5years they say with my type of cancer, ...why is it so hard to weed out who dont need meds.read charts,and look at each individual carefully and give who needs and that would stop the whole problem,its simple math..we the sick are very sick of it.that stupid program they use to fix it has screwed us all up!!! its pathetic

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    • RICHARD PAEY BAYONET POINT, FL
      • 9 months ago

      COULD NOT FILL MY PAIN SPECIALISTS SCRIPT DURING A TRUE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. MY MS PUMP STOPPED WORKING AND PASSED OUT FROM THE SUDDEN RUSH OF SEVERE PAIN.

      MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THOSE WHO NOW SUFFER NEEDLESSLY.

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