doctors say doing so could put older patients into withdrawal or lead them to buy deadly street drugs.

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doctors say doing so could put older patients into withdrawal or lead them to buy deadly street drugs.

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In February, Mr. Zobrosky’s pharmacist told him that his Medicare insurance would no longer cover oxymorphone. His out-of-pocket cost for a month’s supply jumped to $1,000 from $225, medical records show. “I can’t afford this for very long and I’m nervous,” he said.

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LIES: A Medicare official who would speak only on background said that the limit for monthly high doses was intended not only to catch doctors who over-prescribe, but also to monitor patients who, wittingly or not, accumulate opioid prescriptions from several doctors (Its impossible to get that with the programs in place to monitor prescriptions) . When the dose is flagged, the pharmacist or patient alerts the doctor.

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Mr. Zobrosky’s medication regimen is strictly monitored at home. He submits to random urine tests and brings his pills to his doctor to be counted.CreditEamon Queeney for The New York Times

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