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February 4, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 5th
UPCOMING EVENTS
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
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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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Researchers Say Outpatient Use of Benzodiazepines Increasing

The NPR (1/25, Chatterjee) “Shots” blog reported, “The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015,” research indicated, with “about half” of “those prescriptions” coming “from primary care physicians.”

Medscape (1/25, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported the study also found that “benzodiazepines are often coprescribed with opioids and other sedating medications, frequently for conditions other than anxiety and insomnia,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “more than 386,000 ambulatory care visits from 2003 through 2015.” The findings were published online Jan. 25 in JAMA Network Open.

 

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