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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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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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What is Primary Care?
Written by Chris G Dalrymple, DC, FICC   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 06:16 PM

Primary care: “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.” 

Primary Care is a term often used, and often abused. The word primary is from Latin primarius “of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent”; care is from Old English indicating “burdens of mind; serious mental attention.”  The term primary care is thought to date back to about 1920, when the Dawson Report was released in the United Kingdom to indicate centers intended to become the hub of regionalized services in that country.

Positive evidence of the health-promoting influence of primary care has been accumulating ever since researchers have been able to distinguish primary care from other aspects of the health services delivery system; namely specialty care.

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ALJ Pokes Hole In ‘Dry Needling’ Rule
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 01:05 PM

Florida physical therapists cannot offer “dry needling” procedures to their patients, a state judge ruled in a legal challenge filed by a group representing acupuncturists. 

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued an order rejecting a proposed rule by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy that set minimum standards for physical therapists to use dry needling. The ALJ said the proposal exceeded the Board of Physical Therapy’s “grant of rulemaking authority because it would expand the scope of physical therapy practice, not merely establish a standard of practice.”

Dry needling is the name physical therapists use to describe a technique of inserting filiform needles into the skin at various “trigger points,” which causes certain responses. Filiform needles --- which are used for acupuncture --- are solid. They cannot be used to inject substances or medicine, hence the word “dry.”

Physical therapists in more than 30 states practice dry needling, but it is not authorized by law in Florida.

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