After 15 years with the same GP (general practitioner) I was asked to provide a sample for a UDT. One nurse said "It's just something we started
doing" another said "We're required by law."
A week later I receive a registered letter which states:
"On 4/23/15 a drug test was performed which shows you are not taking the controlled substance prescribed. This in in violation of your drug agreement
and we will no longer continue your care. We will see you for an emergency only for the next thirty days. During this time we will not prescribe any
controlled substances. If you feel you need drug rehabilitation please contact our office for a referral. We will send your records to the physician
of your choice."
Just like that. No follow-up appt to discuss this test. I called and they would not let me see the doctor, but they did give me a copy of the test
results. My insurance statement came, and over $1300 was charged by Ameritox, and is not covered.
*I am not on any opiates/pain meds which this company touts the ability to monitor.
*I have not signed a 'drug agreement' as referenced in the letter.
*No illegal drugs were detected.
*Only substances I am prescribed were detected.
*The drug in question is Adderall, which WAS detected but at a level below the cut-off (based on some algorithm that is considered a 'company
*No one asked me when I took the last dose. That column in the report shows N/A, yet levels in the urine are impacted by just that, among other
*The report lists the dosage as 30mg/day. The correct dosage (as listed on the bottle) is 15mg 2X per day. My research tells me this can impact
results due to half-life of Adderall.
*I did not take a dose that morning b/c of an unresolved blood pressure issue-- and one of the nurses the previous month told me Adderall raises BP,
and if mine continued to be this high, I could have a stroke. The last dose (10mg) was 3:00pm the previous day-- 24 hours before the UDT.
*I told her then, and the doctor, that I was taking as little as possible until my blood pressure got under control. They condoned this.
*I have contacted a new doctor, who will make a decision in 3 weeks whether or not to accept me as a patient. I fear the letter will interfere with
his decision. My blood pressure issue remains unresolved.
*The words "shows you are not taking the controlled substance" are categorically incorrect. (The test may 'suggest' that, but it does not SHOW it...
since it clearly shows a value of 44 ng/ml of amphetamines in the sample.)
*My urine pH, creatinine, and specific gravity levels (according to my research) contributed to the low ng/mg reading.
*I received an insurance statement with a charge of over $1300 from Ameritox that is not covered by insurance.
*I feel abandoned by my physician of nearly 15 years.
*The letter in my medical file is false and damaging and may prevent me from receiving medical care from a reputable, competent physician.
*On the Ameritox website, it clearly states:
“Rx GuardianSM is and has always been one valuable, but never the only, source of evidence about medication adherence.”
*My research has uncovered the rulings in a court case which declare:
• Four of Ameritox’s advertisements constituted false advertising.
• Urine drug testing “cannot determine the timing or quantity of the drug taken by the patent” and any claim that it can do so “would be
• Ameritox admitted that some patients it labeled as using medication improperly may in fact have been compliant with their regimens.
• Going forward, Ameritox will not state that its services “can tell whether patients are taking their pain medications consistent with the
If anyone... anyone can suggest how I might cope with this situation, my heart-felt appreciation goes out to you!
edit on 5/12/2015 by new_here because: (no reason given)