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Physical Therapy. FAQs from the Executive Council of PTOT
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:50 PM

The PT Practice Act states that Physical therapy means a form of health care that prevents, identifies, corrects, or alleviates acute or prolonged movement dysfunction or pain of anatomic or physiologic origin.”

It further notes that “the board may deny a license or suspend or revoke a license, place a license holder on probation, reprimand a license holder, impose an administrative penalty, or otherwise discipline a license holder if the applicant or license holder has: (1) except as provided by Section 453.301 or 453.302,provided physical therapy to a person without a referral from a referring practitioner” (emphasis added).

The act notes that “referring practitioner means a qualified licensed health care professional who, within the scope of professional licensure, may refer a person for health care services. The term includes:(A) a physician …(B) a dentist… (C)  a  chiropractor…and (D) a podiatrist….”

At their website the the PTOT has a FAQ page.  Some of the more interesting answers to their frequently asked questions include:

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New Details About Marketing of OxyContin
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:15 PM

lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts against the drug maker Purdue Pharma alleges that the company, the Sackler family (whose members have long constituted the majority of Purdue board members), and other company executives, misled prescribers and patients as they aimed to blanket the country with prescriptions for their addictive medications.  

As questions were raised about the risk of addiction and overdoses that came with taking OxyContin and opioid medications, Richard Sackler outlined a strategy that critics have long accused the company of unleashing: divert the blame onto others, particularly the people who became addicted to opioids themselves.  Sackler claimed that Purdue’s drugs shouldn’t need a legally mandated warning. He wrote in an email cited in the complaint that the warning “implies a danger of untoward reactions and hazards that simply aren’t there.”

The Massachusetts complaint sketches an image of the Sacklers, as board members, exercising tight control over the company, overseeing the deployment of a phalanx of sales representatives who were pushed to get Purdue medications into more hands, at higher doses, and for longer periods of time. The Sacklers, the complaint states, reaped “billion of dollars,” even as the company blurred the risks of addiction and overdose that came with the drugs.  

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Over-the-Counter Category Coming for Hearing Instruments
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:42 AM

Hearing instruments or hearing aids are regulated at the federal level as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Changes are being made at the federal level regarding hearing instruments.  In August 2017, the U.S. Congress passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA)which in part defines “over-the-counter hearing aid,” requires the FDA to establish a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, and specifies certain requirements that must be included in the FDA regulations. 

The FDA is in the process of drafting proposed regulations for a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids. The FDA must publish the proposed regulations for public comment by August 18, 2020 and publish the final regulations not later than 180 days after the comment period closes. 

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Obituary: Carlos Xavier Domino, D.C.
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 27, 2019 08:31 PM

Carlos Xavier Domino, 74, of Houston, Texas, passed away January 24, 2019.  Dr. Domino was born in Harlingen, Texas on June 21, 1944 to Alicia Diana Vela and Freddie Rodriguez and was raised in Raymondville, Texas.

 A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 3, from 5:00-8:00 pm, with funeral services on Monday, February 4, at 12:00 pm at American Heritage Funeral Home (10710 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77038). A committal service at Houston National will follow at 1:15 pm.

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A Great Week with ACA in Washington, DC; TCA Legislative Day, TCLC Next
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Friday, January 25, 2019 05:20 PM

Executive Director’s Message

There is nothing quite like seeing advocacy in action.

That was the case at the American Chiropractic Association’s National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) on January 16-19 in Washington, DC. In addition to attending NCLC, the Texas Chiropractic Association participated in Capitol Hill visits. I was thrilled to be in our nation’s capital along with TCA President Dr. Devin Pettiet, Vice President Dr. Chad Carpenter, Legislative Affairs Chair Dr. Don White and TCA Past Presidents Tyce Hergert, Mike Martin and Dale White, Jr.

Team Texas was all over the Capitol, joining students from Parker University Student ACA (SACA) on visits with more than dozen Congressional offices. The purpose was to educate Senate and House members from Texas and their staff about chiropractic issues, not to mention identify champions for two of ACA’s key initiatives – Medicare and TRICARE.

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