Hooked On Narcotics

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Too real?  PJ was ahead of its time. Oh wait, it’s always the doctors’ fault.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Hooked On Narcotics

  1. John Mayer, MD
    June 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I was in Family Practice in rural Iowa for a decade. I always prided myself on recognizing and denying scores to drug-seekers. But I was totally fooled by a pro. An articulate, obviously well educated young man presented with a legitimate case bronchitis. He spun the story that he had married a girl from a nearby village, and would be based in the area for his freelance job, and wanted to establish relations as a new patient of the Clinic. He claimed he had recently received a medical discharge from the Navy where he served as an F18 Weapons Systems Officer. He had been worked up for cluster headaches, including a cerebral arteriogram. He gladly signed release of medical information forms so we could build his medical file for future reference. He then mentioned oh-by-the-way, he had an occasional recurrence of the cluster headaches once or twice a year and liked to keep a few Percocet on hand for those events. Why sure, I thought, glad to help this nice young man. I only found out the truth when a pharmacist from a town some distance away called me and let me know this man had filled more than one prescription from different practices. And then of course the “local” addresses and phone numbers he gave proved fraudulent. Got me.

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