Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quick Links: Georgia, FDA, Clogging MD Offices

The Georgia legislature has passed a bill ensuring that medical licensure "does not become contingent on participating in any government or private payer programs".  Go Georgia!

In contrast, see earlier blog post, "Linking Licensure to Mandatory Service". (Georgia link via Dr. Donald Palmisano.) 

Richard Ralston reminds us, "Your life not a priority for FDA" (Orange County Register, 5/4/2012)

Because new ObamaCare rules forbid patients with Flexible Savings Accounts for using that money on nonprescription drugs, many patients are clogging up doctors' offices asking for prescriptions for over-the-counter (OTC) medications:
The provision took effect in 2011, and physicians report that they now are being saddled with the task of writing otherwise unnecessary prescriptions for medications to fight the common cold, flu or allergies.
(Via @OHPCenter.)