It’s Maddening: “Doctor Denied Patients Unnecessary Opioids. Their Complaints Hurt Her Career”

So when my kids were very young, they learned from an early age the following question: What is it called when you cry when you don’t get your way? Answer – manipulation of course. Same goes when being told “no.” Somehow, a subset of the population never learns this and they become afflicted with what Hazelton (2) calls “King Baby Syndrome,”  the childish traits seen in people who have reached adulthood without acquiring emotional maturity. In the article titled above, a physician, trying to do the right thing, became a victim of a mass king baby syndrome campaign against her when the masses didn’t get their drugs. She’s fighting back though with a lawsuit against her employer who became the key enablers in this campaign against her. She further describes how the system fosters complicit prescribing to quiet the masses amongst physicians and exploits physician compassion. Afterall, who wants poor reviews? But if you think about it, it’s manipulation. “Give me my drugs or I’ll give you a bad review” is the message out there and king babies know it. 

“… emergency physicians are faced with a steady stream of patients seeking opioid medications,” “When confronted with such patients, it is often not medically appropriate for the emergency department physician to prescribe or administer the requested pain medication, including where the medication may not comply with the course of treatment developed by the patient’s regular physician.”

Some patients retaliate against the doctor by filing complaints and leaving poor reviews.

The article then goes on to describe physicians were required to achieve certain patient satisfaction scores, and scores were closely related to the physician’s willingness to prescribe the drugs. The overarching intent was to “increase its profits so that … its executives and physicians would receive higher bonus compensation.”



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Robert Duprey MD

Robert P. Duprey Jr studied medicine as a 2nd career medical student who went to medical school in his 40’s after honorable discharge and ‘retirement’ from 25 years in the US Military (USCG & US Army). He was a registered nurse (RN) with specialty training as a psychiatric RN in the US Army for 15 years. During this time he also became a Master’s level psychotherapist in 2002. While on US Army active duty he also became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner while working full time in 2011. He served as a Psych NP on active duty, to include a combat tour in Iraq, until his ‘retirement’ in 2014 and moved to Philippines with his 3 children. At this time he started medical school overseas at Oceania University of Medicine based out of Samoa accredited by Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). He continued to work as a Psych NP throughout medical school to support his children and to not have to take out loans for medical school tuition. Originally from Rhode Island, he completed medical school clerkship rotations throughout the USA with a graduation in May 2019 earning the esteemed credential of MD. He has successfully completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CS, and 2CK. He will take Step 3 this September as he applies for Psychiatry Residency. Having been and RN, NP and now MD, he is a believer of Physician led multidisciplinary healthcare teams 

  2 comments for “It’s Maddening: “Doctor Denied Patients Unnecessary Opioids. Their Complaints Hurt Her Career”

  1. PW
    November 27, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    The medical-industrial complex strikes again. We are doomed.

  2. Celia B Entwistle MD
    November 27, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I wish her well, but the courts have already sided against a neurologist who sent patients for treatment outside her system because she knew she was sending them to the place with the most appropriate physician. Does she have a go fund me page?

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