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HB127 Law for Advanced Practice Chiropractors Prescribing Rights Fails
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Sunday, 24 April 2011 22:34
prerights A law which was claimed to have been designed to allow chiropractors the ability to fill the void of Primary Care Physicians in the state of New Mexico failed in the New Mexico Senate by several votes, after having passed the state house. The passion that many D.C.’s demonstrated in a debate that has been just under the surface within various chiropractic circles for decades seems to have come to a head. The “limited formulary” which chiropractors were seeking the right to be able to prescribe, after having passed examinations as well as further training, included such things as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, as well as other internal and topical substances. Opponents of the bill, many of which originated from within the chiropractic profession, claim that chiropractors have no business prescribing medications, as chiropractic, from its inception, has differentiated itself by being a drugless profession. Supporters of the bill point out that even those that prescribe things such as vitamins, fatty acids, or herbs, may one day fall under the regulatory authority as prescription medications, and that the purpose of the bill is to help with the current shortage of Primary Care Physicians.
 
FDA Acts to Reduce Harm from Opioid Drugs
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Sunday, 24 April 2011 20:11

The White House on Tuesday unveiled a multi-agency plan aimed at reducing the “epidemic” of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.—FDAArticle
including an FDA-backed education program that zeros-in on reducing the misuse and misprescribing of opioids.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says the plan—a collaborative effort involving agencies of the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Defense, and others—provides a national framework for reducing prescription drug abuse and the diversion of prescription drugs for recreational use.

“The toll our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic has taken in communities nationwide is devastating,” says Kerlikowske. “We share a responsibility to protect our communities from the damage done by prescription drug abuse.”

Key elements of the plan—called Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis—include:

  • expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs
  • recommending convenient and environmentally responsible ways to remove unused medications from homes
  • supporting education for patients and health care providers
  • reducing the number of “pill mills” and doctor-shopping through law enforcement

FDA Opioid Strategy

In concert with the White House plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a new risk reduction program—called a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy—for all extended-release and long-acting opioid medications.

Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat moderate and severe pain.

FDA experts say extended-release and long-acting opioids—including OxyContin, Avinza, Dolophine, Duragesic, and eight other brand names—are extensively misprescribed, misused, and abused, leading to overdoses, addiction, and even deaths across the United States. FDA says a 2007 survey revealed that more than half of opioid abusers got the drug from a friend or relative.

Opioids—such as morphine and oxycodone—are used to treat moderate and severe pain. Over the past few decades, drug makers have developed extended-release opioid formulas to treat people in pain over a long period.

The new REMS plan focuses primarily on: educating doctors about proper pain management, patient selection, and other requirements and improving patient awareness about how to use these drugs safely. As part of the plan, FDA wants companies to give patients education materials, including a medication guide that uses consumer friendly language to explain safe use and disposal.

FDA wants drug makers to work together to develop a single system for implementing the REMS strategies. Toward that goal, FDA is now notifying opioid makers that they must propose a REMS plan within 120 days.

Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, says this risk management strategy is designed to improve pain management, while preserving patient access to these needed medications.

“This will be an important step toward addressing what has become a critical public health problem,” she says.

Doctor training, patient counseling, and other risk reduction measures developed by opioid makers as part of the REMS are expected to become effective by early 2012. They will be required for various brand name products known under the generic names:

  • hydromorphone
  • oxycodone
  • morphine
  • oxymorphone
  • methadone
  • transdermal fentanyl
  • transdermal buprenorphine

Widespread Problem

FDA estimates that more than 33 million Americans age 12 and older misused extended-release and long-acting opioids during 2007—up from 29 million just five years earlier. And in 2006, nearly 50,000 emergency room visits were related to opioids.

"Opioid drugs have benefit when used properly and are a necessary component of pain management for certain patients, but we know that they pose serious risks when used improperly—with serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities," says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The prescriber education component of this Opioid REMS balances the need for continued access to these medications with stronger measures to reduce their risks."

Although doctor training is not mandatory under the REMS plan, other federal agencies are working to get Congress to link mandatory physician training to the already required Drug Enforcement Administration registration number that doctors must have to prescribe controlled substances.

FDA will also require the risk management plan to include a way to determine if the education programs are helping to reduce problems associated with long-acting and extended-release opioids, as well as allowing patients who need opioids to get them.

FDA has had the power to request companies to develop REMS since 2007. The plans may also include medication guides and patient package inserts.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

April 19, 2011

 
NPCO Running for Chiropractic in Chicago This Fall
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Monday, 11 April 2011 12:21

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Chicago, Illinois
(April 11, 2011) -   Runners will be hitting the streets of Chicago this October when Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) fields its' largest charity team ever at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. The October 9, 2011 event will be the third time NPCO participates in this world-famous race that brings together runners from all over the world.ATT00115

Running 26.2 miles is no easy feat and the majority of Team NPCO for Chiropractic runners join the team with no prior running experience. "Our Chicago Marathon team consists of people who are passionate about the chiropractic profession and how chiropractic healthcare has helped them personally, and how chiropractic can literally change the lives of others. Whether our runners are working as a Chiropractic Doctor, receiving life-changing care as a patient, or are passionate chiropractic students, they step up to meet the challenge and in doing so they have an experience of a life-time. In contrast, we also have avid runners on our team who are training hard to set a Personal Record in Chicago to qualify for the Boston Marathon. As Team NPCO runners spend many months training and finally arrive in Chicago in October, they will be running the race to represent Chiropractic Healthcare and will be touching and changing lives, one mile at a time," explains NPCO President Doctor Joshua Heines.

Doctor_Levi_2010_Chicago_Marathon_Running_Katerina_MelanisRegistration for the Chicago Marathon opened in February to the general public but sold-out in a record 31 days. As an Associate Charity with the Chicago Marathon charity program, NPCO has limited entries available to the sold-out race that are currently being awarded to any interested runners. Doctors, patients, and supporters of Chiropractic are encouraged to apply and request an entry from NPCO as soon as possible, as the limited available entries will fill up fast.  NPCO has created one of the best charity running programs for the Chicago Marathon for 2011.

Doctor Marc from Illinois has caught the "running bug" and will be running as a member of Team NPCO for the third time. Well-known to NPCO alumni runners for his outgoing personality, Dr. Marc inspires and encourages runners on race-day but also in the months leading up to the marathon. "I enjoy sharing my story with fellow Doctors and runners who are on the fence about signing up for a 26.2 mile marathon. There is no excuse to not sign up for something that will challenge you, inspire you, get your body healthier and ultimately represent our chiropractic profession as you run amongst 45,000 runners and over a million spectators! I was a member of the inaugural 2009 Chicago Marathon team and finished the race - slowly, but proudly! I am continuing to challenge myself with increased running challenges that include a short 8k in downtown Chicago, 3 Half Marathons, 3 Full Marathons and the 204.1 mile Ragnar Relay in June. In total my training will log close to 2,700 miles through this season. That is more than 6 times the length of the State of Illinois (395 miles) and over 12 times the width of the state (210 miles)! I hope that my fellow Chiropractors will join me this October at the Chicago Marathon!"

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NPCO is an official 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing chiropractic healthcare to individuals, families and communities living within the harsh realities of poverty around the world. More information on the Chicago Marathon and applying for a sold-out entry can be found at www.NPCO.org or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Mexican University Dedicates New Library Honoring Parker’s Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
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Friday, 08 April 2011 17:29

Ecatepec, Mexico, April 8, 2011 – A public university near Mexico City, the Universidad Estatal Del Valle de Ecatepec (UNEVE), the first institution in the world to offer a Spanish-taught chiropractic program, rPhoto_1ecently dedicated its new campus library to Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic. The new building is the official library for the entire university and supports the education of five distinctive careers including acupuncture, chiropractic, gerontology, humanities, and multimedia communication.

UNEVE’s rector, Jose Angel Fernandez Garcia, along with the university’s board, students, faculty, and staff recognized Dr. Mancini for his generous contributions to the university.

 

“We are pleased to name our library after Dr. Mancini—someone who has been extremely devoted to extending opportunities for our students,” said Garcia. “This is the first time in Mexico’s history, which we’re aware of, that a building has been dedicated to a non-national person or person while living. This new library is crucial for our students’ learning and will be a significant part of our campus,” said Garcia.

 

In 2009, Dr. Mancini donated more than 1,200 books from his personal library to the university, saying, “books are meant to be shared, not stored.”

 

Photo_2“I’ve always been an avid reader, and for more than 20 years I’ve saved the books that have impacted me most,” said Dr. Mancini. “When I saw that UNEVE did not have many books, I felt inspired to share all this wisdom with their students for generations to come.”

 

During the ceremony, Dr. Mancini and Parker executives presented UNEVE with more than 10 donated computers, scanners, and other computer accessories, which will be housed in the library for students’ use.

 

Dr. Mancini, a native of Colombia, has assisted in the growth of chiropractic in underserved countries in Latin America. He was also instrumental in helping establish UNEVE’s chiropractic program—the first institution in the world to offer a Spanish-taught chiropractic program. Today, more than 180 doctors of chiropractic have graduated from the program since its inception in 2001.

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Parker College is also active within the UNEVE community through a student exchange program that gives Parker students hands-on clinical experience in addition to Spanish classes and a total immersion experience in Mexican culture. In turn, UNEVE students who participate in the exchange program receive hands-on experience at Parker College.

 
Palmer College Teaches Students with Multi Radiance Medical Laser Therapy Devices
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Thursday, 31 March 2011 17:27

Multi_Radiance_Medical_logo_-_new(Solon, OH) – Multi Radiance Medical, an international laser therapy company, is pleased to announce that Palmer College of Chiropractic will instruct their students with MR4 super pulsed lasers. Steve Querio, D.C., a 1993 alumnus, had the honor of presenting the new equipment to Larry L. Swank, D.C., Clinic Systems Administrator at Palmer College.

The new MR4 devices will be used at Palmer’s Davenport, Iowa, and Port Orange, Florida, campuses in both the academic and clinical settings. Students will now have the ability to learn about and use the state-of-the-art super pulsed laser technology from Multi Radiance Medical in addition to the chiropractic care that they provide to many patients.Palmer_logo

Dr. Swank is pleased that Multi Radiance Medical’s MR4 laser therapy units have become an additional intervention for patient care as well as an addition to student intern instruction at Palmer. “In our clinics, faculty clinicians and interns will identify patients who could benefit from laser therapy as part of overall treatment intervention,” he explained. “In the academic setting, students will be introduced to laser therapy concepts in a pre-clinical structural learning setting. This will include actual practice during practical classroom sessions. We are excited to see the potential that the MR4 laser therapy brings to the care of patients in our clinical settings and the opportunity for student interns to witness firsthand the therapeutic benefits of this treatment option.”

Max Kanarsky, President of Multi Radiance Medical, states, "We are excited to be able to provide our laser therapy equipment for use by the faculty and students at Palmer College.  We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Palmer College to help advance their students training and skills."

Palmer College of Chiropractic has its main campus location in Davenport, Iowa, with branch campus locations in Florida and California.

Multi Radiance Medical develops and manufactures FDA-cleared therapeutic super pulsed laser devices, which are used throughout the world to treat acute/chronic pain, bursitis, back pain, carpal tunnel, arthritis pain, tennis elbow, muscle strain, tendonitis, and other conditions.

Multi Radiance Medical is an international corporation with a presence in over 30 countries and has been servicing customers for 20 years.

 
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