"Traditionally, fibromyalgia falls under the scope of rheumatologists. But today, primary care doctors, podiatrists, osteopaths, psychiatrists, neurologists -- plus nurse practitioners -- are overseeing long-term fibromyalgia treatment," exults an article on WebMD.
And sure enough, Pfizer ads on WLS-AM radio in Chicago exhort women to see their "nurse practitioner" for fibromyalgia because a visit "only takes five minutes." As if time, not money or health, were the only issue.
Sure, private insurance and government entitlement programs may cover the $100 plus a month cost for Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica now that they are approved for fibromyalgia, raised insurance rates and squandered taxes notwithstanding.
But should doctors prescribe people with simple pain, seizure drugs like Lyrica and antidepressants like Cymbalta, Savella which are linked to life threatening side effects including the risk of suicide?