Fraud in Medicine: Pain cream fraud

I got a call at home saying that there is a new topical pain medicine for chronic pain. I pressed the number to talk to the agent. I talked to Shawn. He said he was with “Health Advisors”. He asked if I have had chronic pain for long.
I said “Oh, yes.”
He said, “Can I get your name and number to have one of our associates call you?”
I said, “Can I get your number so that I can call you back? My daughter needs me.”
Shawn: “I will have to call you back.”
Me: “I am not giving you any information. Does your company have a number I can call you back?”
Shawn: “I will have to call you back.”
Me: “No way am I giving you any information.” Hang up.

The phone call started by saying that I could get this great pain cream, my insurance would cover it and I don’t even need a prescription…. I just have to give them some information. Right. How much do we want to bet that there is a little fee to cover shipping and handling and they need my credit card or bank information? DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM!

I looked on line for “Health Advisors”. I did find an insurance company. Nothing obvious about a pain medicine cream. I looked for pain medicine creams and found:

http://prescriptionpainreliefcream.com/health-care-professionals/

Live chat representative
My Pain Cream MD Live Chat
Chatting with Ben
Ben: Hello, thanks for contacting My Pain Cream MD. My name is Ben, may I have your name?
Visitor: Are you connected with Health Advisors? I just got a call about a chronic pain cream that my insurance would cover.
Visitor: They wouldn’t give me a number to call, so I thought it might be a scam.
Visitor: What are the active ingredients in your cream?
Ben: One of our representatives can discuss this in greater detail. Before we proceed, may I have your name, phone number and email to better assist you?
Visitor: No, I don’t think so. You have not answered my question. Why would I give you any information?
Visitor: Pass me on to the representative. Or if you require that information first, then I will sign off.
Ben: I am an internet agent representing the company for visitors to their website. I would be happy to pass your contact information on to a representatives who can answer more specific questions and assist you further. Would you like to speak with someone in the office?
Visitor: Are we talking live chat or are you requesting my number? Last chance … live chat and you can’t have my name.
Ben: Unfortunately, that feature is not available. I’m not a representative and am not able to answer your questions. May I have someone from our office contact you? They can assist further.
Visitor: Tell your company to go jump. Information in exchange for email and name and all? Over my dead body. Scammers.

And looking for “Health Advisors” I found:

http://www.futureworldcorp.com/board

Well, how nice. “Mr. Robert Carr for the past forty years has enjoyed tremendous success in law and pharmacy.” Um. This is an attorney, folks. “Rob designed and built the original concept specialty compounding pharmacy, United Prescriptions Services in 2002.”  Lovely. How reassuring. Don’t you just want to use a compounded medicine? Comes with free fungus…….

And my family practice medical advice?

TAKE AS FEW PILLS AS POSSIBLE.

EAT FOOD

EXERCISE

QUIT SMOKING, REDUCE ALL ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

DO THINGS YOU ENJOY

VALUE GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD FAMILY

Don’t fall for the “neutraceutical” crap. Hello, it’s food that has been extracted in a lab into pill form. What in the heck is natural about that? I have never seen a pill grow on a tree, though the way things are going….. if they grow a pill on a tree, I personally won’t take it. And you shouldn’t either.

The picture is because these scams, trying to get to people with chronic pain, make me so HOT!

Linking social media

OOO, today’s assignment for Blogging 101: Plug in to social networks.
I am not ready to attach fully to Facebook, honestly.
I also lurk on Sermo, which is a supposedly “secure” site for physicians, though why anyone would imagine anything on the internet is secure… dunno. I have found advertising aimed at companies that want to reach doctors, saying advertise on Sermo. So I am a bit careful of what I do there. They offer prizes for doing surveys, but I figure that that information goes right to the pharmaceutical companies. I don’t participate in the surveys….I’ve written on everything2 since 2005, well, really didn’t do much until 2007, but anyhow….
Got a Facebook page, go to Linked in occasionally, and have email…. AUGH!! I don’t want to be too wired. Reminds me of when we got our pagers in medical school, third year. We were thrilled. That wore off pretty darn quickly on call. Also, I date back to voice pagers, then numerical pagers and now people can text…. change change change….

I will think about the Facebook connection, but I am not ready yet. Also, my teenage daughter says I share too much on Facebook anyhow. Particularly dance videos. I LOVE TO DANCE. Couples dancing since, well, since I was a 17 year old exchange student to Denmark…. and that’s another story.

Sunrise! A new day! More change!