February 4, 2019

In This Issue
State House Report: MMA Testifies on Gun Violence and Patient Protection Bills
MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
E-cigarettes Better Than Other Nicotine Replacement Therapies
Azar Proposes Shifting Drug Rebates From PBMs to Consumers
AMA State Advocacy Summit: 8 Physician Advocacy Wins that Set the Stage for 2019
Researchers Say Outpatient Use of Benzodiazepines Increasing
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 5th
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline Extended to February 8, 2019
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME
PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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E-cigarettes Better Than Other Nicotine Replacement Therapies

The Washington Post (1/30, McGinley) reports researchers found that “e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches.” The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two accompanying editorials, however, questioned the implications of the study. In one editorial, Belinda Borrelli, Ph.D, and George T. O’Connor, M.D., “said e-cigarettes should be used only when Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments do not work.” In the other editorial, Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D, and Edward W. Campion, M.D., “called on the FDA to immediately ban all flavored e-cigarettes, saying such flavors are responsible for a huge increase in teen vaping.”

The New York Times (1/30, Hoffman) reports the researchers found that 18% of participants who used e-cigarettes quit smoking compared to 9.9% “among those using traditional nicotine replacement therapy.”


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