Pill mill crack down hurts Pinellas woman - WFLA News Channel 8

Pill mill crack down hurts Pinellas woman

Posted: Updated:
Pinellas County -

Sally Hoyt knows what it's like to live with pain. For the last 12 years, she's suffered from debilitating headaches brought on by a bought of shingles.

"I had shingles in my eye. It cause my brain to swell and I was paralyzed all on the left side," she explained.

Hoyt's constant headaches caused her to turn to pain management. She takes two extended release oxycontin twice a day, as prescribed by her physician at Florida Spine Care in Pinellas County. She takes a drug test there once a month, to make sure she only has prescribed medicine in her system.

Hoyt ran in to a problem over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. She tried to get her prescription filled at her local Walgreen's pharmacy, but was told the pharmacy would not fill the prescription.

"The woman up there says she chooses not to fill my prescription at this time and that's the only answer I get," she said.

The state of Florida and the federal government are both trying to crack down on Florida's notorious pill mill problem. But more and more frequently, patients like Hoyt are getting caught in the cross hairs.

"You're forced to go from pharmacy to pharmacy to pharmacy," she said, a situation that makes her feel like she's done something wrong. "I just want to be treated like I'm not a druggie."

It's an issue Dr. Shyam Gelot said many pharmacists are dealing with. He explained, it's a two-pronged problem. First, Gelot said the Food and Drug Administration does not allow a generic version of oxycodone to be produced. That can result in a shortage of the drug.

The second issue he sees, is that pharmacists are left with the difficult decision of deciding who's a legitimate patient and who's just seeking drugs.

"I think there's more of an attempt to crack down on these pill mills and at the same time, you're having to tease through who's a legitimate person in pain, and who's not," Dr. Gelot said.

He suggests patients like Hoyt request their doctor call and speak to the pharmacy ahead of time, which can often expedite the process.

Follow us on Twitter @wfla

 

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

    Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume on May 5.
    Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.
  • Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
    The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.
  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:57:42 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.