January 20, 2012
In This Issue:
In an unprecedented move, the International Chiropractors Association, acting on the request of members in New Mexico, have filed a suit in the Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico to block the NM Board of Chiropractic from going ahead and moving the profession into drugs.
In a statement from the ICA attorney, ICA states that the purpose of the suit is to prevent the, "New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners from implementing its new rule establishing an advanced practice formulary to include dangerous drugs and drugs to be administered by injection…and implementing its new rules establishing a certain course of training to certify advanced practice chiropractic physicians to administer and prescribe dangerous drugs and drugs to be administered by injection". The ICA Suit, Motion for Stay can be read here.
"The public must have absolute confidence that the process of licensing and regulating the practice of chiropractic in all states has been undertaken with complete honesty and meticulous care to obey not only the letter but the spirit of the law as established by state legislatures," said ICA President Dr. Gary L. Walsemann. "Regrettably, this does not appear to be the case with the current New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners and action in the courts on ICA's part was clearly the right thing to do"
In the ICA statement Dr. Walsemann added, "The New Mexico Chiropractic Board, encouraged by a tiny minority within the profession and one or two colleges seeking an advantage in the marketplace, has undertaken to establish medical and pharmaceutical privileges for some doctors of chiropractic through a back door, the risks to the public notwithstanding. These actions raise both ethical and legal questions and though the ethics of such behavior may not be readily addressed, the legal aspects can and will be dealt with through the courts." The complete ICA statement can be downloaded here.
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