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September 3, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Gathers for Annual Session in Bar Harbor This Weekend
Portland's PIER Program Featured in New York Times Article
US CDC Asks Physician Help on Vape-related Lung Diseases
New Resource Elucidates Climate Change Impact on Health and Health Care
Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity
EEE Found in Maine Horse
Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 million in Opioid Case
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
DHHS Commissioner Lambrew and Insurance Superintendent Cioppa Host Health Care Forum
Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis
CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: Tuesday, Sept 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Physician Director of Primary Care
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 million in Opioid Case

[from AMA Morning Rounds]

The New York Times (8/26, Hoffman) reports Judge Thad Balkman of Oklahoma’s Cleveland County District Court “ruled against Johnson & Johnson...and ordered it to pay the state $572 million in the first trial of an opioid manufacturer for the destruction wrought by prescription” pain medications. Oklahoma argued that the company, “which contracted with poppy growers in Tasmania, supplied 60 percent of the opiate ingredients that drug companies used for opioids like oxycodone,...and aggressively marketed opioids to doctors and patients as safe and effective.” The article says the ruling “may indicate what lies ahead in 2,000 more lawsuits.”

The Washington Post (8/26, A1, Bernstein) reports the “decision is the first to hold a drugmaker culpable for the fallout of years of liberal opioid dispensing that began in the late 1990s, sparking a nationwide epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction.”

For more information on the AMA’s policy regarding opioid-related costs, click here

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