I heard a rumor about this, last week. Does anyone know if it's true? I tend to doubt it, although I wish it was true.
I personally see no reason why any doc with a DEA license can't write Sub or Bupe. If they can write Methadone, they should be able to write for Buprenorphine in any of it's various formulations. That means Buprenex, Butrans, Subutex or Suboxone.
It's way past time the shroud of mystery is taken off this medication, and unethical doctors, as well as non doctors, are stopped from abusing us poor patients to give us Buprenorphine or Suboxone. And why are non docs, such as Physical Therapists, being given a license to write Sub, when a real doc is not allowed to? Anyone else find this strange?
It's also way past time that non needle using Heroin addicts are forced to take Suboxone, especially when Subutex generics are 1/3 the price. It's also past time that a lid be removed from preventing any generic company from producing Subutex. That's the 2nd mystery being concealed within the first mystery. I am saddened by how many of you think the Naloxone in Suboxone is there to help you. It is not, my friends. The Naloxone is there so that if a needle user injects Suboxone he/she will go into immediate and rather terrible withdrawal symptoms. That is the only reason the Naloxone is in that pill. Many people were also getting too much of the Naloxone into themselves by swallowing their Naloxone tainted saliva. That was why you were being told to spit your saliva out and not swallow it. The opiate in Suboxone is Buprenorphine, or Bupe. And Bupe is either very poorly absorbed in the digestive tract, or some docs say not at all. Bupe is rather absorbed quite well in the mouth. However, Naloxone is poorly absorbed in the mouth, and well absorbed in the digestive tract. Theoretically, there isn't enough Naloxone in Suboxone for you to feel, unless you inject it. But that's only a theory. In reality, many of us do feel it. So why do we have to take Suboxone if we were not needle users? Do they really think a pain person who never used a needle in his or her life, is going to suddenly start to use a needle to bang up Suboxone? Oh please, give me a break. A person in pain who is opiate dependant due to pain is NOT going to suddenly find a way to get illegal needles and inject Suboxone. Most folks wouldn't even know how. Face it, hitting a vein with a needle is not all that easy. It takes docs and nurses a long time to learn how, and some never get good at it. I've had nurses make a bloody mess out of me while trying to find a vein. So people aren't going to do this. So I say again, why are you being forced to take Suboxone when if you do get some of that Naloxone into you, it will cause you to feel wds, why? Because the so-called training the Sub docs go for doesn't teach them much at all. Instead of being taught something good, they are being brainwashed to believe that anyone who even wants Sub is a terrible hard core drug addict who is nothing but a liar and a thief. So they start by relieving you of much of your ill gotten gain. Why else are they allowed to charge over $500 for a first visit? Even the best specialists in the world, don't charge $500 for a 1st visit. Especially when the doc knows insurance won't cover his costs. But Sub docs do this, and why? Why also won't insurance cover them, or is it that they simply refuse to take insurance? I say all this needs to end. ASAP.
So I really hope any doc can now write Sub/Bupe.