SWIFizzle and SWIMovingPictures are both correct to an extent.
One must typically give consent to have records transferred from one doctor to another, or anyone else for that matter. There is a letter of informed consent which one should have signed when meeting a doctor for the first time which outlines which records may be sent and to whom in advance. Sort of giving pre-permission. The reason for this might be for emergency care where the emergency physician needs access to the patient's medical history and the patient is incapacitated and in a state where they cannot give their history.
When finding a new doctor, it is much easier if one has a letter of introduction from the previous physician. This helps outline the patient's history and current treatment. Mr. Hamster would say it might be difficult to get one of these from the doctor which doesn't mention the failed drug
Without the letter, it's typically asked that the patient allow the records to be transferred, though it's not a strict requirement. It does help things go smoothly when making a transition.
Just walking into another doctor off the street after having been in a town for a long time and having a medical history with a current physician doesn't mean a hamster won't be given a new prescription. It will be highly unlikely, that until the physician gains trust in a hamster, the physician will dispense just anything the hamster asks for, especially a controlled substance.
SWIMovingPictures is correct in stating that one must be totally honest with the new physician and state exactly why they are there and explain the failed drug test. A hamster must also be sincere in giving up the marijuana
, especially if he might be drug tested again. That will cause him to lose credibility with the new physician. At that point, the hamster would be back where he started and looking for a new doctor.
Another possibility might happen is that the two physicians know each other as well. They might play golf together, belong to the same professional associations, attend meetings together and such. It's a small community, especially so among psychiatric community. So being honest is best. Hiding the truth, and lying about things have a tendency not to hold up in the long term.
Looking for different doctors in a short period of time and filling prescriptions from them might also raise some suspicion, especially with controlled substances. A flag might be raised indicating the hamster might be "doctor shopping." This would effectively shut the hamster down, and potentially send the hamster to a tribunal of hamsters where he could face severe penalties.
The best course of action would be probably in this order:
- Speaking with the hamster's existing physician again and getting a clear explanation as to why he is being denied his refill, and request a retest. The hamster must be honest about why he failed the drug test and continue to work so that future tests will remain clean. Regaining that trust between physician and hamster may be very hard to do.
- See another physician and be completely honest about the hamster's medical history, why he is seeking out a new physician, and discuss with the new physician what the options might be. This includes being honest about marijuana use and the failed drug test.
- If that fails, repeat step number 2 until one finds a physician who is sympathetic to the hamster's plight and will work together with him to make sure his medication and treatment goals are reached.
Mr. Hamster hopes all works out well for the hamster or chinchilla who is in this bind.