Dr Tennant Legal Defense Fund

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Raised by 118 people in 8 months
Created December 11, 2017
Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH, is an internist who specializes in the research and treatment of intractable chronic pain. Dr. Tennant has operated a pain clinic in West Covina, California for over 40 years, and has authored over 300 scientific articles and books on pain management.

Dr. Tennant is revered in the pain community because of his willingness to treat patients from around the country who have been abandoned by other doctors or have complex conditions such as arachnoiditis that are difficult to treat.

In November 2017, DEA agents raided the home and offices of Dr. Tennant, using a search warrant that alleged he was part of a drug trafficking organization and running a pill mill. The allegations would be laughable if they weren’t so serious and reflect a fundamental lack of knowledge about Dr. Tennant’s practice. Many of his patients require high doses of opioids and other medications, and would die without them.

Dr. Tennant has not been charged with a crime, but he deserves to have the best legal representation possible to defend himself and his reputation.

Please consider a donation to Dr. Tennant’s defense fund. Lives depend on keeping this good man in practice.
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Here is some information about the clinic operated by Dr Tennant. What many people may not realize is that Dr Tennant as well well as his wife have worked at the clinic for over 40 yoars for FREE.........Thats right Free...No payment. Show me another doctor on the planet that has worked for over 40 years for no payment. This is one reason why the unfounded attack by the DEA is so outrageous.I for one think Dr Tennant needs an award for his selfless acts toward the less fortunate. He certainly deserves our support. Your support
(Since 1975)
The VIPC is a highly structured medical clinic dedicated to the education, study, and treatment
of severe, intractable pain patients who have failed to find relief with conventional or standard
pain therapy. The clinic maintains a small patient base that provides an education and research
base to develop treatment regimens, protocols, and diagnostic tests that can be adopted by
practitioners in every community.
MISSIONS: (1) To provide intractable pain, palliative, and end-of-life care to patients who have
attempted and failed the usual means of standard or conventional care; (2) Develop effective,
low-cost opioid sparing protocols that can be used by primary care practitioners in every USA
The clinic was established in 1975 as a few severe, intractable pain patients began to emerge
who were initially considered “narcotic addicts”. Withdrawal with detox procedures and
methadone maintenance proved to be fruitless unless the source of pain could be removed.
After a series of studies, it was determined that some of the early patients could maintain and
function well on opioids while some only required opioids for a relatively short time period and
could transfer to a non-opioid pain control program. The precise causes of severe, intractable
pain in these early years couldn’t be accurately identified in most cases, and patients were
given such nondescript diagnoses as chronic low back sprain, peripheral neuropathy, and
arthritis. Over a several year period we have been able to identify and diagnose the underlying
medical conditions which cause intractable pain. We have been able to measure the
biochemical and hormonal changes caused by intractable pain, and develop clinical protocols to
not just provide symptomatic pain relief but treat the underlying, causative diseases. The
extremely high cost of medications in recent years has caused the clinic to incorporate cost
reduction into the research effort.
The clinic enrollment is limited to 150 patients. Some are in each of the various stages of
treatment: (1) intractable, (2) palliative, or (3) end-of-life. Any additional patients are
consultation cases in which we only provide advice and recommendations to the patients' local
The clinic receives far more applications than it can possibly accept. Patients submit a standard
application form in addition to an MRI, physician referral, lab tests, and family requests.
The clinic operates on a subsidized basis. Patients pay modest fees ($125 monthly visit for
California residents) and about $200 for admission. The only pay is for Dr. Scott Guess (Pham
D). The Tennant Foundation pays for research and its presentation at scientific meetings.
Neither Miriam nor Forest Tennant are paid. All patients fees and other funds are retained for
clinic research, treatment, and educational efforts (e.g. writing, speaking, consulting).
1. The patient’s pain meets the definition of severe intractable pain as provided below; it is
incurable by any known means, and is severe enough to produce biologic and
biochemical changes which can be detected by laboratory testing.
2. Patient has sought and obtained treatment from multiple physicians over the course of
their illness, has been prescribed treatments in accordance with the WHO 3-step
analgesic ladder (attached), and has failed attempted efforts at standard or
conventional care.
3. After clinical evaluation, the patient is found to have a greater than 50% chance of dying
within one year without treatment.
4. Must be referred by a personal physician and accompanied by a family member.
5. Must demonstrate, by laboratory testing and physical examination, centralization of
pain, autonomic nervous system alterations, and biochemical changes.
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I have increased the Defense Fund goal to reflect what Dr. Tennant has spent to date for his legal representation which is costing his around $1000 per day. He has not yet been charged with any crime and this attack may be more about the focus of his research than we realized since his research is focused on the treatment of an iatrojenic disease adhesive arachnoiditis.
Please do what you can to support Dr. Tennant and do what you can to encourage others to do so.
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I would like to thank you for showing support for an honest doctor who is in the buiness of saving lives. This harassment by the DEA has had a terrible impact upon the lives of his patients who as a rule are some very sick people. You can read about it here: https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2017/12/28/tennant-patients-live-in-fear-of-dea
I am happy to say that doctor Tennants clinic remains open and his reasearch into developing a treatment protocal for adhesive arachnoiditis will continue. Because of the California Pain Patients Bill of Rights , California State has the strictest opioid regulations in the nation, even stricter than the 2006 CDC guideline.
Your contributions will help ensure that his research, research that touches the lives of millions of adhesive arachnoiditis patients will continue.

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On behalf of Dr Tennant I want to thank everyone for your generous donations to the legal defence fund. I talked to Dr Tennant this evening after he spent the day with attourneys. News of the Go Fund "made my day"
He was so pleased with all the support everyone is showing. He suggested we all study the California Pain Patients Bill of Rights which has been California law for about 20 years. Apparently the DEA believes only they can say what treatment a patient can recieve and not the doctor. I am hopful that a patients right to non standard treatment when all else fails will finally be established in a court of law and we can get the lifesaving treatment we need to stay alive
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