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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 1, 2021
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What You Need to Know: FDA Authorization for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and older, as well as for certain others at high risk of severe disease. Eligible patients are those who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and meet at least one of the below criteria from the Maine CDC:
CDC Staff: After Third Dose for the Immunocompromised, Hold Off on 'Booster'
According to a recent Medscape
Today story, “Immunocompromised people who received an additional dose of
COVID-19 vaccine are among those not yet indicated for boosters, and the jury
is still out on boosters for previously infected individuals, CDC staff said on
Tuesday.” Read More
Maine Board of Pharmacy Posts Statement on Dispensing Ivermectin
An avalanche of online misinformation about the antiparasitic drug ivermectin’s ability to treat COVID-19 has caused a series of national problems, from increased calls to poisoning centers to a shortage of the medicine itself.
Last month, there were more than 88,000 prescriptions nationwide for human formulations of ivermectin up from a pre-pandemic baseline of 3,600 according to US CDC.
The Maine Board of Pharmacy has posted a statement to their website on
dispensing Ivermectin. Read More
Health Care Worker COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs from Maine CDC
August 12: Governor announces certain Maine health care workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1.
September 1: Governor announces enforcement of its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for health care workers will begin on October 29, 2021.
According to Maine CDC, the State of Maine has long required the immunization
of employees of designated health care facilities to reduce the risk of
exposure to, and possible transmission of, vaccine-preventable diseases. Maine
CDC amended the existing rule to include the COVID-19 vaccine to protect the
health and lives of Maine people, safeguard Maine’s health care capacity, and
limit the spread of the virus. The MMA came out in strong support of the
vaccination mandate when
it was announced. Read More
The following notice/reminder was sent by Maine CDC last week.
FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meetings to Discuss EUA for Moderna and J&J Booster Doses & Vaccines for Children
The US FDA announced three upcoming advisory committee meetings for COVID-19 vaccine boosters & potential shots for kids:
Oct 14: Moderna booster
Oct 15: J&J booster + NIH mix & match data
Oct 26: Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11
Pfizer says it is testing an oral medication as a possible COVID-19
treatment to prevent infection in those exposed to the coronavirus. Pfizer next
will enroll 2,660 healthy adults who live in the same household with a person
or individuals with confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 infection. Participants in
the clinical trial will receive the oral Pfizer drug and a low dose of the HIV
drug ritonavir, or a placebo twice daily for five to 10 days. Read More
As lifespans continue to rise, retirement could be as long as 20 years—approximately 8,000 days. But if you’re looking at retirement as the final goal, then you might not be preparing in the best way.
DEA Issues Public Safety Alert on Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth
WASHINGTON, DC – The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public
Safety Alert warning Americans of the alarming increase in the lethality and
availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and
methamphetamine. DEA’s Public Safety Alert, the first in six years, seeks to
raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills
that are mass-produced by criminal drug networks in labs, deceptively marketed
as legitimate prescription pills, and are killing unsuspecting Americans at an
unprecedented rate. Read More
Maine DHHS released a bulletin this week seeking helpful information
for use by its substance use prevention team and partners in chronic disease by
completing the two surveys and/or sharing with those with whom you work. Read More
Hearing and Comment Period: Maine Immunization Requirements for Healthcare Workers
emergency rule-making powers, Governor Mills announced in
early August that it would require health care workers in Maine to be
vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1st. However, earlier this
month her administration
announced that it would not begin enforcement of health care worker vaccination
requirement until October 29, 2021. Read More
Recognizing the Signs of Child Maltreatment - Identify to Protect
Maine Medical Association has joined with the Maine Chapter of the Academy of
Pediatrics, the Maine Primary Care Association, and Maine DHHS to offer an
online program directed at clinical providers entrusted with the care of
children's physical and mental health. Read More
The Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) is a partnership between Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and MaineHealth. MPBHP is offering a webinar series for medical providers who work with children and adolescents and you will earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.
CMS Interim Final Rule on Surprise-Billing Seen as Favoring Insurers by Hospitals, Physicians & Media
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency under US HHS, released its interim final rule on surprise medical billing earlier this week. The rule lays out how payers and providers will resolve billing disputes under the No Surprises Act, the law was passed last year by Congress.
In a Washington
Post article (subscription required), health care reporter, Rachel Roubin
wrote, “the Biden administration handed insurers a victory in a
much-anticipated rule detailing how to shield patients from pricey, unexpected
medical bills.” Read More
Maine AAP 2021 Fall Education Series
The Maine AAP is offering a fourteen session educational webinar series beginning on Tuesday, September 14th. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm. CME credit is available. You must pre-register to attend. REGISTER NOW!
The Red Cross has informed the
MMA that they are in the midst of a very active and already devastating natural
disaster season. They need reinforcements—YOU! You’ll commit 14 days (health
professionals 10-14 days), and complete free virtual training. There is no cost
to you. Red Cross arranges travel, provides lodging and food. Bring your
willingness to serve, flexibility and ability to work multiple shifts on
consecutive days. Read More
Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) at your medical practice or hospital. Read More
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
The Maine Medical Association- Center for Quality Improvement, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, launched the SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance initiative.
A new Coverys report evaluates events where the care transition directly led to an alleged medical error. It includes data-driven insights, case studies, and recommendations to reduce risk. For more insight on this topic, register for their free webinar based on the report.
Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists
Northern Light Health is seeking board-eligible/board-certified Cardiologists for our well-established practices in metro/rural Maine.
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks aPhysician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center
Bingham Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills
to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a
family practice with integrated behavioral health services. Read More
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