Help Me Get the Joint Commission


We all know the issues going on today with opioid addiction.  Many of you do not know the extent of the Joint Commission’s involvement and their connections to Big Pharma.  From my blog entry about a WSJ article about 4 years ago:

The Joint Commission published a guide sponsored by Purdue Pharma. “Some clinicians have inaccurate and exaggerated concerns” about addiction, tolerance and risk of death, the guide said. “This attitude prevails despite the fact there is no evidence that addiction is a significant issue when persons are given opioids for pain control.”

I also believe that the famous pain scale with the cartoon faces on it was ALSO sponsored by Purdue.  If I am wrong, please correct me.

I need help.

  1. Does anyone have that pain scale card that shows it was sponsored by Purdue Pharmaceuticals?
  2. Does anyone have the guide sponsored by the Joint Commission (JCAHO at that time) as mentioned in the WSJ article?

I personally believe that the Joint Commission or JCAHO should be called on this.  Help me get them.


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] 

  4 comments for “Help Me Get the Joint Commission

  1. David
    December 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve long thought the people who work for Joint Commission are the ones who looked good on paper but couldn’t make it in the real world. I’ve seen some who probably couldn’t make it as a director of nursing at some hospital, and one former anesthesiologist who was probably such an insufferable know-it-all that surgeons refused to work with him.

  2. Aeg
    November 27, 2016 at 6:50 am
  3. beth
    November 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I believe I read about the smiley card in the book by Sam Quinones called “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Wait listed for this book at my library so can’t look it up again soon.

  4. Pat
    November 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Great questions, and I hope someone can produce that card to help embarrass these non-care improving ass bastard parasites.

    Beyond that, the Joint Commission can ()&[email protected]:; my -/#%}^% repeatedly until they all €£%#* die of }]^%#_______%^*+#}{%! I am not losing my license or going to jail for those :*+{}#%]€¥£€’s.

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