Chiropractor trade association calls on members to blitz lawmakers with support for organic prescription bill

The bill would allow chiropractors to prescribe some organic treatments.

The Florida Chiropractic Physician Association is asking its members to urge members of the Senate Health Policy Committee and House Health Quality Subcommittee to support a pair of bills aimed at expanding the kind of care chiropractors can give patients.

The bills (HB 1138 and SB 677) expand the types of holistic drugs chiropractors can prescribe and increases the amount of online continuing education classes available to industry professionals.

The trade group compared making those calls or writing emails to a New Year’s resolution.

“It’s soooo much easier than pumping iron or passing on the cheese cake! If all FCPA members made this same resolution, maybe just maybe, we will all feel good in March with a new law that doubles on-line CE credits and expands nutrition rights,” the group wrote in an email to members. “It’s up to you! Lets have a happy New Year and finally complete a guilt free resolution in 2020!!”

Under existing chiropractor regulation, such physicians can only treat patients through “manual, mechanical, electrical, or natural methods.” They can use or prescribe medicines that don’t require a doctor’s prescription.

The bill expands that by including organic items that are not traditional drugs, but that might require a prescription.

The allowable treatments would include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, enzymes, saline, anti-oxidants, dextrose, glandulars, cellular components, extracts, water, botanicals, phytonutrients, and homeopathics.

It would also authorize pharmacists to fill such prescriptions from qualifying chiropractors.

The bill would require 36-hours of continuing education in order to recommend the new treatments.

The bill would authorize more than 80 hours of continuing education courses for chiropractors.

The Florida Chiropractic Physician Association provided a list of committee members to reach to ensure the bills pass their first hurdle.

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One comment

  • Roderic Lacy MD DC

    January 10, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    As the CEO of the FCPA and a DC and a General Medical Doctor I can tell the public that a physician licensed as a natural vitamin specialist is a very good idea and needed and will help many patients. As it is now in Florida there are no licensed physicians that have the proper training to administer and treat nutritional deficient conditions except advanced trained chiropractors but as their law is now their hands are tied due their old-outdated law. The change in their law they are looking for would allow DCs to administer complete nutritional care. It’s vitamins were are talking about, not anything that can not be purchased in any vitamin shop. The difference is how the vitamins can be administered. A good example is vitamin B12. Many times taking the vitamin orally will not produce the results desired while an injection will. Vitamin C I vitamin C no matter how you “C” it. Please help us heal Florida

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