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what's up with this? (UPDATE)

can a doctor. without my consent or knowledge, do a drug test on me? my doctor had left his practice and i was sent to this new doctor who i later learned was an OBGYN. i am 60 years old, i might add. i thought he was general practice. anyway i needed to get established with a new doctor as i am disabled with DDD and awaiting appoval of disability benefits. we talked about my condition, he gave me new perscriptions of motrin and vicodin. i dressed and went to the front to pick up my paperwork and the nurse said she needed a urine sample and that the dr. would not fill my perscriptions unless this was done. i thought it strange but complied. and the rest is history...... oh, he also took it upon himself to call the pharmacy i use and told them of the results as well as send copies to the main records department. now no doctor will fill my pain medications, i am concerned about what this might do to my disability benefits even though my disability has nothing to do with this and i find i am hesitant to go see ANY DOCTOR FOR ANY REASON. no discussion was ever mentioned by this doctor about any drug testing. how does doctor/patient confidentiality fit here and is this malpractice?
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cruzlady said:
can a doctor. without my consent or knowledge, do a drug test on me?

My response:

Yes, when you're in a coma from all the illicit drugs you've been taking. Also, he's allowed to have sex with you. Remember, what you don't know won't hurt you.



Patients normally consent to all procedures/tests unless:
-they are under the legal age of consent
-they are mentally or physically unable to consent, and the test is necessary to evaluate or treat an emergency medical condition
-the patient has given general consent for treatment, which may cover tests as well

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