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June 3, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Maine AG Sues Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Opioid Marketing
Reported Measles Cases Continue to Rise
New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit July 15th
MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 4th
"Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Maine AG Sues Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Opioid Marketing

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has filed a lawsuit in Kennebec Superior Court against Purdue Pharma, alleging unfair trade practices in opioid marketing. In doing so, Maine joins more than 40 other states and 2,000 local and tribal governments in suing the opioid manufacturer for deceptive and "relentless" marketing of its pain relief products. In 2012 Maine had the highest rate of opioid prescribing in the country.

The suit also names as defendants members of the Sackler family, primary owners of Purdue Pharma.

In a press release, the AG's office stated, “the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that an average of 10,400 Maine residents each year struggled with opioid abuse disorder (including heroin use and pain relievers) between 2007 and 2016. Of the 2,206 opioid overdose deaths in Maine between 2007 and 2018 (numbers which include deaths involving heroin and non-prescription fentanyl), 1,321 were caused by prescription opioids. Of those deaths, 482 were caused by oxycodone.”

Purdue has denied the allegations.

You can read the AG's press release here.

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