This was written by Dr Mark Ibsen, MD, who has become a close friend of mine; as has Dr Tennant. My thoughts and blog post on this subject will be forthcoming ASAP! But for now, just for this moment, here are Dr Ibsen, MD’s words regarding this abhorrent situation with Dr Forrest Tennant:
Dr Tennant recently came to Montana to testify for Dr Christensen. Sadly, while in the home state of many of his intractable pain refugee patients,
His home was invaded and business ransacked by agents who allege he was “overprescribing”.
Just what IS overprescribing?
And what would Underprescribing look like?
This term would imply that there is a ceiling dose of a medication that has been prescribed.
It would also imply that there is a “Goldilocks Dose” that is not too high
Not too low, but “just right”.
Has been on the forefront of research and therapy for the intractable pain that patients developed after years of medical or interventional management, or mismanagement.
These are patients with adhesive arachnoiditis, complex regional pain syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, failed back syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and various other accidental and iatrogenic pain syndromes.
The law enforcement and regulatory agencies Who are threatened by the Obi-Wan Kenobi of pain medicine do not have the sophistication,
Or training to realize that they are not dealing with El Chapo. Drug dealers don’t actually care how their clients are doing. In fact, when a drug addict dies of an overdose, sales most often go up. Dealing drugs that are unregulated and often fatal is not what doctors do.
Most people who suffer cardiac arrest have some type of medication on board. We don’t arrest their doctor for prescribing a Statin or aspirin or blood pressure medication in an attempt to enhance or prolong a persons life.
People have hypoglycemic reactions every day,treated for their diabetes. We do not arrest their doctor for “overprescribing insulin”.
All doctors are required by their oath to do no harm-to try to hit that “Goldilocks dose”
When cancer patients die,
Do we blame there oncologist for killing them?
There’s a reason medical doctors train for 12 to 20 years, then continue to study and research the literature their entire careers. Could it really be true that Dr. Tennant is sidelined by a DEA agent with 12 weeks of training?
Are doctors no longer protected by the regulations outlined in the Controlled Substances Act?
Dr. Tennant treats the sickest of intractable pain patients. I too have referred intractable pain patients to him, I have taken his courses and follow his protocols.
Now, who will testify for me and protect my patients?
According to the World Health Organization North America provides the best pain care management on the planet. Dr. Tennant has always recommended following the world health organization pain ladder.
Doctors like forest Tennant, William Hurwitz MD, Ronald Myers, and Chris Christiansen are simply guilty of trying to relieve the suffering of their intractable pain patients.
This often requires us to
“Increase the dose”
If we as a culture continue to punish pain patients and the doctors that serve them no one will be safe accessing the incredible medical system we have developed in the US.
Yes, complications occur.
Yes, people are dying.
From heroin/ fentanyl injection ODs,
From responsible informed and well researched treatment of those in intractable pain who have failed every other therapy available.
“Run, Forest, run!”