CVS Limits Opioid Prescriptions

The drugstore chain announced that, beginning in February 2018, it would limit Percocet, Vicodin, and other opioid back pain relief pills to seven day supplies.

In announcing the changes, CEO Larry Merlo said that CVS pharmacists sometimes receive prescriptions for up to sixty pills at a time for conditions that, in their professional opinion, called for a much lower amount of medication. Effective next year, the store’s pharmacists will reach out to the doctors in these situations and ask that they revise their prescriptions. Other changes include daily dosage caps and a virtual ban on extended-release pain relievers.

The CDC reports that in 2016, drug overdoses killed 64,000 people in the United States, over half to opioids.

Pain Relief and RFA

Over the past several years, “pain management” has become synonymous with “pain pills” in many doctor’s’ offices. According to CDC, between 1999 and 2014, opioid pain pill prescriptions increased 400 percent, even though Americans reported no increase in pain during that time period. The average prescription length has gone up as well (from thirteen to eighteen days). In other words, more people are taking more opioids for a longer period of time to combat pain that is not any worse than it was before.

We started the pain relief institute, in large part, to give New Yorkers an alternative or limit the use of opioids and related medications. So, we offer the latest evidence-based techniques, including COOLIEF radiofrequency ablation. Most patients who undergo this minimally-invasive pain relief procedure go back to work, and resume almost all other normal activities, the very next day.

COOLIEF uses low-frequency energy waves to cool and warm both nerves and tissue at the same time. The temperature changes interrupt pain signals from the nerves to the brain, so patients no longer feel any discomfort in the area. RFA is effective in many situations, but especially with regard to neck pain, knee pain, back pain, hip pain and sacroiliac joint pain.

In one study, more than two out of three RFA patients said they experienced significant pain relief for between six and twelve months after just one treatment. It’s not unusual for the results to last significantly longer, perhaps as much as several years. Moreover, RFA involves almost no side-effects or post-procedure discomfort.

Contact us today to find out more about the many non-opioid back pain relief procedures that are available right here in New York City.