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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:43 pm 
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Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let anyone in the Memphis, TN area know of a buprenorphine prescribing physician/location I've just recently begun treatment with. It's a branch of 4 locations in the Memphis area part of the BHG corporate medical group. They have originally been methadone clinics that only recently adopted Suboxone as a treatment option.

Physician
The physician John Francis O'Connell, M.D. is very knowledgeable about buprenorphine and actually understands the unique pharmacology and properties of what he prescribes. The location I'm going to is in Raleigh, called BHG Memphis North but they also have locations downtown and in east Memphis. Dr. O'Connell goes from one location to the other throughout the week.

100-Patient Cap Limit
This practice is WELL below their 100 patient cap limit since they're new to Suboxone so you shouldn't have any trouble getting admitted.

Downsides
The downside to this location is that you have to deal with the degrading environment of a methadone clinic for a week or two while they give you a daily dose until you've been stable for a week. Then once you're stable, you're prescribed a one week take home supply for two weeks, then a two week take home supply, then a monthly supply like Suboxone-only doctors. During the doctor visits following the one and two week take home supplies, obviously you're required to give immunoassay urine drug screens (12-panel - cocaine, PCP, mdma, marijuana, opiates, methadone, buprenorphine, oxycodone, amphetamines, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates). After the monthly visits you're randomly/intermittently tested.

Costs
When you're dosing in the treatment center for daily doses, you pay per dose which was $7.69 for me (at 4 - 8 mg) and it goes up to $15 if your dose exceeds 12 mg. The monthly cost is $200 for the first month of admission, then $185 each following month. Even though the initial part of having to get daily doses for 2 weeks sucks, it's well worth the initial trouble because I haven't heard of any doctors charging less than $300 a month per visit.

Insurance
They don't take insurance, but you can file for reimbursement. Dr. O'Connell is very supportive and willing to work with your budget. He has no problem prescribing the newer generic versions of buprenorphine/naloxone for the sake of costs or insurance coverage. He allowed me a generic script and I only paid $10 for my monthly supply after insurance,

Contact Information
Follow this link for more information and location and contact numbers:
http://memphis-north.bhgrecovery.com/


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