I hope I can get some assistance with this dilemma. I am currently assisting a person dealing with PTSD , neurological and physical truama and a lot of the pain associated with being a victim of a gay hate crime. For the past year and a half, he has been on several medications for depression, pain, sleep and for symptoms associated with PTSD anxiety and nightmares. Recently, he was asked to submit a urine sample, and his test came out negative for the vicadine that he was taking "as needed", and was accused by the nurse and the doctor for "selling his medication" and not taking it as prescribed. Now, 6 months earlier, this same man being accused of selling his medications, returned 3 prescriptions to the previous Dr. (she no longer works there) because the medications were not working with the other medications he was on. The Dr. informed him that he was a liar, and that he was not going to treat him because if he was taking the medications, then he would test positive. I saw this person approximately 1/2 in my office, shaking, crying and wondering "what he did wrong?"This doctor does not realize that this victim of a hate crime who suffers from PTSD, was just re-victimized, and sees nothing wrong with what he did.
Now, my question is, I know that this person takes numerous medications, and I informed him that he should go to his primary and discuss the situation and ask for both another urine and blood test. He managed to do so the following day, and was administered the tests, but was denied another referral from his primary doctor for another pain management specialist. The Cl is on disability, so does he have a choice, or can he seek another clinic/doctor without the referral? Second, I know that this Cl takes his medications, but for some reason, the vicadin, anti-depressants and sleep meds did not show on either test, or than the "obvious" of not taking them, which in his condition is not likely, could there be a reason for this?
Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to assist this CL in the best manner possible
I had done some research on this issue a few post down. If you will look for false negative results you will also find some other member's post on this. In my research I found that there are several 12 I believe medications that will cause a false negative urine screen. I will find them and re post them for you. These urine test have cutoff levels and depending on the type of test you get it may require a trace amount of the drug to be present for a positive result and then there are the test that require a much higher cutoff point or level of medication that has to be present for it to come out positive. The VA has done extensive studies on this matter and I will also point you to that link too. I am so sorry this happening to your friend, it is very hard to deal with his kind of thing and I would imagine even more difficult when it is treatment for a violent crime committed against him. He certainly has my sympathies and I do hope and pray he can find another PM that will treat him. I know that a lot of Pm's require a referral but some do not you can check in your area to see if you can find one. I would suggest getting a copy of his records and sending them to some Pm's in the area and explain the situation and see if one of the Dr's will agree to a consult. My PM is great and I did not need a referral I referred myself and their are many that will accept him with the proper records. When you get a copy of his records also get a copy of his pharmacy records too for the Dr's. I will post the above things as soon as I can. I urge you to get started on these things right away if that is what you choose to do as the longer you wait the more difficult it will be. Don't give up hope there are Dr's out there that are sympathetic and have compassion, although they are few and far in between they do exsist.
I forgot to mention that if he is out of his meds he should go to the ER and try and at least get his antidepressant meds as stopping them abruptly is not good. Labs and lab techs can make mistakes after all no one is perfect. Is there a possibility the Pm will re do the test? If he has been out of his meds for over 72 hours though this will not do him any good.
It seems that these test have cutoff levels as in some are very sensitive while others are not sensitive enough to detect the drugs.
A drug screen is a complex thing and the higher tuned (more sensitive)
it is the more complex it becomes. You see, drug screens can be
adjusted to detect various trace amounts of many different types of
drugs. Some test react positively for the presence of drugs
(substances or derivatives) only if those traces appear in the test
medium in certain volumes. For example, a person on parole may be
given a test for marijuana (cannabis, hash, etc) that will respond
positive if the test medium contains traces above a certain “cutoff
level” where the cutoff level is very low (10ng/ml possibly) . Whereas
a person applying for a job may be given a test for marijuana
(cannabis, hash, etc) that will respond positive only if the test
medium contains traces above a certain “cutoff level” where the cutoff
level is very high (50ng/ml possibly).
There is some recent history with false results as is evidenced by
studies conducted by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). For example,
the VAGLAHS Outpatient Pain Program (OPMP) utilizes a standard Drug of
Abuse (DOA) immunoassay and Biorad High Performance Liquid
Chromatography (HPLC) Remedi-HS. These tests are used to monitor for
medication compliance. In 2004 as many as 44 % of patients tested
were found negative for opiates despite patient prescribed opioid
medication. The VA concluded that the DOA test was not sensitive
enough (in other words the cutoff was too high to detect the presence
of opioids commensurate with what the VA considered minimum
.‘Result of Urine Toxicology in VA Patients Treated In a Pain Clinic’
I think my above post is saying that the test these Dr's are using are not the best for our situation. In order to test positive for our meds we have to have the required amount in our system that the test requires in order to test positive. If one test requires only trace amounts then surly there will be no problem, if one test requires that a high level be detected then we will have to have that level in order to test positive. Now to me this is outrageous that the Dr who orders these test can order the test that requires higher levels of the drug to be present in order to
These are the drugs that will cause a false negitive.....
The reactivity of 13 quinolones (levofloxacin, ofloxacin, pefloxacin, enoxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trovafloxacin, sparfloxacin, lomefloxacin, ciprofloxacin, clinafloxacin, norfloxacin, and nalidixic acid) was tested in 5 commercial opiate screening assays from September 1998 to March 1999. In 6 healthy volunteers, we confirmed the cross-reactivity of levofloxacin or ofloxacin with these opiate screening assays. be positive, therefore some will and have failed these test. There is a member here that is a lab tech and can answer far more questions about this I will see if we can get him to reply.
I as well had the same probelm. I was taking fentanyl patches 100mcg every 2 days, and percocets for break-through as needed. My tests came back positive for Fentanyl but no oxycodone (active ingredient in percocets) they kicked me out of pain management. So no big deal right I mean I just my monthly supply and a week later they inform me I'm out. So I make an appointment at another pain management place, things are great. Well I get to teh new place get treated like I am some untouchable addict and the doctor tells me that I am on such a high dose he doesnt want to touch me. Great, then he gives me a list of doctors that will treat such a high dosage of drugs (I never asked to be on them in the first place mind you). Well can't get in until July 28th this was the beginning of June mind you. So I go back to the pain mgt place and was told too bad. So I went to my primary and he said the same thing! Do not trust doctors. Oh I forgot to mention that my 30 day pain mgt appt due to scheduling problems was on day 34. I got a 30 day supply you do the math!
I'm so sorry this has happened to you also.
It seems lately so many people are having this problem.
Did you sign a pain contract with the PM DR?
The contract will usually say that either the DR can terminate treatment without tapering the medication for certain reasons or that upon termination the DR must either perform a taper to get you off the medication or refer you to another DR.
The urine tests are supposed to be done a second time to make sure there wasnt a mistake using a more sensative test. Did your DR do a quick in office test or send the sample or you to a lab?
I'm sorry you got discharged without any help and are having such a difficult time.
If I understand you correctly you have a 30 day supply and will run out 4 days before a new app?
Have you tried calling the DR you have the July app with and explaining that you only have a 30 day supply and will be out before you can see them.
I know your in such a awful situation and up against a rock wall.
Remember you always have the DER if the pain gets out of control or you start going through withdrawls. The ER may be able to help if you explain that you have a app with a new PM DR but cant get in early and dont have enough medication to get you to that appointment.
You may also want to get a copy of your records from the past PM DR. The new DR will be sent them. But it's always a good idea to know what is written about the urine test and if it lists what test was given.
It may help not to go in blind to what the DR was thinking and wht this really happened.
You also may be treated faster if you can give the DR your records the day if your forst app.
I hope your able to find help with this new DR and they will be willing to stabalize your pain.
I wanted to metion also, that make sure at this new DR if they ask you to sign a contract to make sure you get a copy to have yourslef so that if something like this ever haooens again(knock on wood) that you know what is expected from the DR regarding being tapered off the medication or referred to amother DR.
your friend is in the same boat that I am in. I no longer have a PM either cause my Urine drug screen also came back negative. When in fact I did take my meds all the time, on time. My PM dr didnt even concider any reason that it could have been negative. He ASSUMES that I am not taking them and selling them. Im NOT.. But now Im going threw withdrawls and have NO PMdr cause mine disowned me after the test came back negative. I cant find anouther dr cause of what he wrote in his reports. My PCP will not deal with chronic pain, So like your friend IM SCREWED too. I hope that your friend has better luck then I am having. Im out of my meds and cant get anymore. withdrawls s**k. So your friend isent alone in what he is going threw Im right there by him. Except that this has never happened to me before. I dont C Y he just wouldnt do a blood test just to double check. NO he assumes things.
I was told at my lst visit that I could no longer receive meds due to a negitive blood serum test. I have not returned to the office but have an appointment July 1st. here is what i done.
I called the lab doing the test. I did not ask for the results but I asked to speak with the pathologist. Asking him how do some ressearch on drug testing before you call to be familiar with the concepts. I found that the blood serum test that was done was not checking for oxycotin so negitive results is on the part of the doctor or staff that did not order the correct test. I have had other negitive urine test while taking oxycodone but what got the pathologist's attention is a urine sample taken on the day that the cath was removed at the end of a pain pump trial did not detect what daladuid leaves. He verified that it would have been detected with the 10 panel test that they had done. Now he is looking at my other negitives and has doubts. Either there is something keeping detection from happening or their tests are flawed.
So back to the doctor and demand monitored testing. Check to see if the process was wrong the blood serum test should have never been done then held against me, as well as the urine test that did not detect what as any reasonable doubt should have been there...... human error.
Followup and get proof if not their clerical mistakes and office help will not get it right and someone else will be ousted
It is so harsh how some doctors seem to only see black and white and not consider other possiblities! It is not safe to cut you off like that without giving you the benefit of the doubt and at least helping you ween off safely. The doctor cannot ignore the symptoms of withdrawl (withdrawal) I mean you don't need a lab test to see that right? It makes me so mad that the reason we all have such a tenuous control over our lives is because some people think it is fun to get high or easy to make a quick buck.
When I read posts like this I remember to be grateful for the wonderful, caring, trustworthy doctor and PA I see. My heart goes out to all of you who have suffered needlessley because the doctor was covering his/her a$$
Something absolutely needs to be done about this, it's infuriating that people are suffering because of inaccurate tests. I can't believe this is going on, doctors need to be made aware and bring it up at national conferences.
I had a recent tox screen from my PM and one of my tests came back neg. I have been on oxycontin, oxycodone and valium for about five years now.He has discharged me and now I am in a mess of crap. I have always taken my meds and this is the first test I have ever tested neg. for since I have been seeing him. He is not a very caring person and told me that he would no longer take care of me. I will not even be able to work due to this because of my pain issues. He stated that I must be selling my medication which I have never done. I have called other PM but they all want me to have a referral from him. They will not see me if he sends in any of his chart notes about me that they want. He also called me a liar and said this test does not lie.I will soon be going though withdrawl (withdrawal) and unbearable pain. I have degeneritive disc disease along with herniated discs and lots of other physical problems. I don't understand why they automatically call you a liar and that this type of test does not lie. I seen the bill for this test and it was $1904 for a drug test. Has anyone got any ideas for me. I honestly don't know what to do. I do not have a PCP he was my only Dr. The test were done at a lab called McVee. I am so sorry for everyone having to be put through this uncalled for B.S. We should not be let go for one test that comes back neg. then treated like some kind of worthless piece of trash. For god sake we are feeling individuals and should be treated with much more care and respect. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.I have been a nervous wreck since this has happened to me and am afraid I will no longer have any kind of quality of life. Thank you .
If you must sign a narcotics contract with a doctor, try to remove the urine test option with a notation that testing will be limited to blood tests. Have the doctor initial and date the change, with you, before you sign the contract. Be sure to have a copy for your own records, at home, and be sure the altered contract is in your medical file.
Hope this helps anyone facing a similar situation. It might not be perfect, but it's better than being completely at the mercy of a lab coat that has no real stake in your condition and is not experiencing YOUR pain..
Thank you for responding to my post. I have not yet went to the site you put in your post but I am going to after I get off of here. I don't no what I'm going to do. Been seeing this Doctor for years and really doesn't know much about me. Comes in doesn't look at me, looks at computer and was printing out prescriptions and then leaves. Not much of talker I guess, but everytime I have tried to talk to him about what is going on in my life he just doesn't want to hear it.
I am so sorry this has happened to you. As you see from the numerous post just here in our community at MH it is an ongoing problem with no end in sight.
The test you received is the most advanced. Going by the cost you provided you were tested for each individual drug you were taking as well as other prescription and also illegal drugs as well. This test breaks down each drug in your system and the level of each drug. I used to have these type of test done years ago and I always asked to see the results. It would list each and every medication and the level of each one separately.
The test that most PM doctors use is far less advanced and tels much less than this type of test. The test used most often will detect opiates, benzos etc, but not the level or specific drug.
It seems I have read that McVee had some problems with test being wrong somewhere. I will see if I can find it again.
It is going to be difficult to find a new doctor but it is not impossible. You need to get on this right away. Try and make your medications last as long as possible. Try and make the Oxycontin last longer by extending the time between your doses and save the oxycodone for extreme pain only. It will be hard to do but it will be much better than taking it as you normally do and then be out.
I would suggest seeing a primary care physician and then have them refer you to a PM doctor. I do strongly advise you to write an accurate account of everything that occurred and what medications you took ( time and dosage) that day before the test and have this letter sent to your doctor registered mail and keep a copy for your records.
make sure you make a clear account of what happened and that you do take all your medications as prescibed and you know there was a mistake made somewhere. Ask for a retest to be done in your letter as well. This letter will become part of your record.
The state laws are different in many states but I know in most states your doctor has to give you a thirty day supply of medications to allow you thirty days to replace your doctor. If the doctor does not there is the patient abandonment laws. Did you sign a contract and does it include a clause that if your dismissed as a Pt that you will receive...?
I know it is very frustrating but remain positive and get started on doing what you need to find a new doctor. No one is going to do this as you have to do it yourself, get on this right away and remain diligent in it.
There is hope, do not give up. There are doctors that do understand these test are not infallible and will offer you another chance.
Please keep us posted and we will help in any way we can:)
Thank you so much. I believe that in my contract he has to give me a thirty day supply. I have to go into his office tomorrow to be offically discharged.I got on it right away , trying to find another dr. What is going to make this so difficult is that now he is going to make it as hard has possible for me to get another pain Dr. If possible can you please try again to find anything out about a problem with McVee labs so I can possibly show this to either him or his staff. Again thanks so much for your help. I don't know how to search for labs mistakes.
On the test this Dr.uses are very advanced and expensive. He told me they can tell the difference between oxycontin and oxycodone on these tests.Thats why he has discharged me. Stated I was selling my meds. because I was neg. for oxycodone. Just makes me so upset he is such jerk. He honeslty believes he is better then anyone. Just an arrogant you know what.He knows it all. Nothing could ever go wrong so must be you.You must be pushing your pills. He does this test everytime you go in. He nevers gives random u.a. I told him do you honestly think people here are stupid? We know we are going to get a u.a when we come in. Just like clock work. If some one was going to sell their meds. they would certainly be smart enough to keep some for when they come in. Doesnt think about things like that I guess. I have gotten a u.a every month for five years when I came in. If he wants to catch someone he should mix things up a bit. Make a surpise pill count, that would tell him more then having to spend $1904 on a lab test.
I am sorry I have not got back with you sooner. I have looked for the article on McVee labs and 't seem to locate it. I see you made a mistake and it is Aevee labs.
The oxycontin is just oxycodone in an extended release formula so it is essentially oxycodone. The test would show oxycodone for Oxycontin.
I know there are some doctors who are arrogant but there are those who genuinely care about their Pt's well being too.
Do not give up. You need to be looking for a new PM doctor before you run out of medications. Try and make them last as long as possible.
I will help all I can:)
Avee Laboratories, Inc. 14440 Myerlake Circle Clearwater, FL 33760. Office: 866.928.9877. Fax: 866.748.7577 ...
You could try calling the lab and tell them the situation and see if they can offer any assistance.
Then why did this test show up neg. for oxycodone? I don't understand. Thats why I wanted to know because I'm not understanding why he said I showed neg. thank you could you explain has to why then this could happen neg when oxycontin shows up the same has oxycodone? It is one of those tests that shows up everything in your system or so he said. Thanks for all your help.
From what you have told us , yes this test shows everything that is in your system. I can not tell you why the oxycodone did not show up in your system. I am sorry.
This is an all to common problem as you see from the numerous post just here in our community. These test are not fool proof. The test you had is the more extensive one but that does not mean it is infallible. There could have been a mistake in the handling of the specimen at the doctors office or even the lab. Humans are not perfect and can make mistakes.
When you had the test done did you initial the specimen cup that it was yours and sign the slip that says what you took that day?
When you have a test done you should...
1) see the nurse seal the cup and then initial it.
2) sign the paper that says what medications you took
3) watch the nurse seal the contents for the lab.
No I did not intial anything. I seen the doctor take my med. sheet and put it in a plastic bag along my u.a. I did not sign anything having to do with this. Just seen doctor take it out of the room. I don't know where it was put after that. The only time I have put my inital on anything as been a blood test and that was not put on the blood sample just on a piece of paper. Thank you for all your help you have all been so much help to me and I greatly appreciate it. Forgive me If I sent you a message regarding this. I had to take my dog out and when I came back in it was on the home page. Hope I didn't send you two of these.
I hope you can give me some sort of answer. A person I know uses oxycontin plus breakthrough meds. She takes 40mg oxycontin threes times a day and five I think she said oxcodone. I cant answer this question because I dont know anything about it and I'm having my own problems finding pain doctor. I told her I would see if I could find an answer for her. She said she woke up at one am due to pain and took a oxycontin. then when she got up later she took 2 more. she didnt state what time it was. Then she took one more before her doctors appointment which she said was at two thrity. She had a blood test done that day guess for how much was in her blood. She said she had forgot she had taken the one early in the morning. Sorry this is so long but she is worried her test will show up for taking two much of her meds. Can you help me with some kind of answer for her. She is driving me and herself insane.The medical assitant told her it was for a vitaim D test but she doesnt believe that. Thank you and hope you can help her. I am still trying to find a doctor. It is not easy when you have been labled as a person who sells their meds.
I too had false negative urin tests and am accused of selling my meds. Lets consider this. Contact an attorney get a unbiased person and a notary. Go to thse folks and take the drugs there in front of 2 people with notarization. Go and pay the lab that gave you the false negative test and see if it happens again (false negative). If it does proceed with litigation againt the doctor and the lab with multiple suits. Malpractice, defamation, liable, pain and suffering. These "professionals" have stuck it to us and I feel turn about is fair play.
Who wants to play?
This is a really old post. Why don't you copy and paste it in a new post. I'm sure that it will get ppls attention. At first I thought it was a current post but as I read on, it was evident that all is old.
everyone who has tested negative to opites while on pecocet
Just found out that there is a special drug test for percept It is an opiod and if you are tested like me for opietes you will test negative. Most doctors use standard drug tests for opites not opiods. so this must be what happend to me and when I metioned this to the doctor that my doctor brought in to interigated me and accused me of selling my meds he would`nt listen so come monday morning I will be faxing this info from google and show them they don`t know what they are doing!!!!
Are the doctor or the patient I'm confused. Accusing you of selling meds is ignorance!. Remember when someone accuses you of something they themselves have issues with the subject get that..The Dr. is stupid clearly if he/she does not know that (taking more than one medicine can cancel out another or increase the chance of the half life as being in your system for urine test negative). Oxycontin is one of those meds. You can take it at say 11 pm 12 hours before and then a culture is drawn say the next day at 2pm it coming up negative it's happened to me. Nobody really knows for sure how long any given medicine will stay in your system because our chemistry is different. By the way if you are taking this medicine as directed how come you don't know how to spell it ? Are you speaking of Vicodin? Am confused. Appeal any false allegation, and fight for your life. Good Luck!
I know u posted this a long time ago but I am new to this site and new to being dismissed from my pain dr and labeled a drug dealer (for selling my pills). I wondered if anyone tried the legal pathway to controlling this gross misuse of their (dr's) power and causing so much pain to innocent people. Have you found any information about this since your post. I would be interested in hearing about it if you have.
I know how you feel and what you are going through. Has you read in this post, it happened to me a few years ago. The only thing I was able to do was find another Dr. They can dismiss you at any time with out a reason. They rely on their test results, right or wrong. They are running scared due to the D.E.A. coming into their office and looking through records. Mostly people who are prescribed meds. such as oxycontin, oxycodone, etc. I found a pcp dr. and she prescribed me medication and helped me find a pain management Dr. I am now seeing a Dr. that gives me the same medication and does not having a problem taking care of my chronic pain. He has a degree in pharmacology and internal medicine. I was very lucky to find a Dr. to take me on after getting a neg. test result. I am now having a problem with a lab.Dr. that over stepped his bounds. These labs are just away to make money, a twelve panel test can give the same results. I recently filed a complaint against the MRO. for violating my rights. You should post your question on a different thread to get a reponse too your question. Just post a false neg in the chronic pain forum, I found the people here a very good and caring individuals who will help you as much has possible. Good luck
Even though it's now 2013, I read your post from 2010 about your negative drug screen.....I wanted to know how you are now?? See I have been continuously testing negative for Opana ER 30mg.. I'VE ALWAYS TAKEN MY MEDS.!!!!! I have been having to go back weekly for testing. I realize I was luckier than you. However, the hurt & humiliation, weekly has been a nightmare:(!! My heart out to you & many others who are OR have experienced this!
I came up with the idea of taking videos of myself taking the Opana, I have 3 videos made so far, & 4 more to go before my next visit. I've ALSO written a 14 page essay(of sorts), on all the negative tests popping up across the country....& that WE CAN'T ALL BE DRUG DEALERS!!!!!
In the case of poor drug absorption being a conceivable factor with the NEW OPANA, there's something crucial these DOCS are overlooking ...the TRUE DRUG DEALERS out there, AREN'T GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE DRUG SCREEN, they scrape the coating off with some tool, & they snort, inject, put it up their butt.....etc. ANYWAY, that UPS the bioavailability to 40-60%, so sure they'll probably test positive & skate!!!!! ALL THE WHILE, unsuspecting patients like us are testing negative for the drugs we're taking as we should!!
Glad I read your post, because, I NOW CAN ADD FAULTY TESTS TO (MY ALMOST BOOK :D), I'm writing to my doc!! I'm ALSO writing this paper to my PM Doc. to declare my innocence.. IF I do end up discharged, I will have the info. In my chart, ALONG WITH, the evidence of the 30 sec. videos of my taking the meds.
ANY posts regarding what I've written, with new/any ideas, OR your own experience, ARE WELCOME:).
I'm not only fighting for myself here, but ALL patients like myself!!!!!
Please send me the list of other meds that can cause false negatives. My wife is disabled and has numerous health problems and chronic pain. Her drug test for hydrocodone keeps coming up negative and doctor seems to imply hording or selling!!!!!!!!! We know for CERTAIN she is taking everyday. Please help us figure out this dilema.
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