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Pharma Candidate for President in 2020?
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:05 PM

Cory Booker has been heckled by constituents as a pawn of “Big Pharma.”  He has been pointedly asked whether he could be trusted to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable as he makes his run for the presidency in 2020.

That reputation, deserved or not, could become a major political liability for Booker, particularly at a time of concern over drug prices and in a race with other progressive lawmakers like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders whose disdain for large drug companies is palpable.

Booker knows his ability to win over Democrats appears to rest, in part, on whether he can convince voters he’s in the same league. But he is also wary of painting the industry with too broad a brush.  “I live in Newark, a low-income community where people work for pharmaceutical companies,” Booker said.

The past two years have left little doubt that Booker has fully embraced a pivot with regard to pharma.  In a major shift a year before announcing his White House run, Booker publicly swore off corporate campaign money, singling out cash from drug industry executives in particular.

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Texas Launches Website to Educate of the Dangers of Opioid Abuse
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:02 PM

In his office’s latest initiative to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Attorney General Ken Paxton today launched Dose of Reality, a new comprehensive website to inform and educate Texans about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers. The new site is available at www.DoseofReality.Texas.gov

“The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids cost lives and devastate Texas families in every region of our state,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Opioids such as OxyContin and hydrocodone are prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but have serious risks and side effects. When patients are not well informed, these drugs can inflict far more pain than they prevent. The Dose of Reality website is intended to give Texans the information they need to avoid those unintended consequences. My office will continue to do everything it can to protect Texans from the opioid crisis.”

Dose of Reality provides individuals, patients, health care providers, teachers, coaches and others with opioid-related resources in one location, allowing for quick and easy access to vital information. The new website includes details on approaches to preventing opioid abuse and addiction, proper pain management, safe storage of prescription painkillers and guidelines on responding to an opioid overdose. It also features a statewide take back map of locations that accept prescription opioids for safe disposal.  

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Unvaccinated Teens Trying to Get Shots on their Own
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 03:57 PM

According to the Washington Post “Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance. This generation of unvaccinated children coming of age has looked at the science and want to protect themselves.” said Allison Winnike, president and chief executive of the Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based nonprofit vaccine advocacy group. “Now you’re seeing children coming of age, out from a cloud of misinformation,” Winnike told The Washington Post.

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President's Message February 2019
Written by Devin Pettiet, DC   
Friday, February 08, 2019 01:25 PM

The biggest day of the year for Texas chiropractors is right around the corner – TCA Legislative Day on Thursday, February 14. That’s correct, it’s Valentine’s Day and Cupid – that’s me – wants you to join your friends from TCA in Austin to “Show Your Love for Chiropractic!” 

As of this moment, more than 500 doctors, staff and supporters have signed up, not to mention several busloads of students and faculty from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College. A big thank you to Parker President Dr. Bill Morgan and TCC President Dr. Stephen Foster. You’ve galvanized your campuses and the excitement about TCA Legislative Day is incredible. 

In 2017, we shattered our record with 600+ participants – the largest turnout by any state, by far. Less than a week out, we could set a new one. We’re already well past 500 registrants. While our numbers are outstanding, we could use a few more doctors – particularly constituents in House and Senate districts from South Texas, West Texas and the Panhandle. We’re more likely to secure meetings with the actual legislator if a voter is in the room. Friday, February 8, is the deadline to register online for TCA Legislative Day, so don’t wait!

You’re probably wondering what happens at these meetings on TCA Legislative Day. Essentially, our job is to educate state officials about chiropractic – specifically your education, training and the benefits to your patients. We also are hoping to identify sponsors and supporters for pro-chiropractic bills that will create greater access to chiropractic care for all Texans.

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Call for Nominations for P. A. Willmon Memorial Award
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:00 AM

The P. A. Willmon Memorial Award is an award presented by the Texas Chiropractic Association to recognize a recipient from, or serving the people of a rural area. 

If you are aware of a TCA member who is from a rural area of fewer than 100,000 or who has served the TCA and/or chiropractic patients within a rural area, please forward a nomination and your reasons for consideration to the TCA office at 1122 Colorado, suite 307, Austin, TX 78701.

Deadlines for nomination are January 17th, 2020.

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