February 20, 2017
Legislative update: Week 5
A busy week, but not an eventful one — the calm before the storm, perhaps. Our Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act is still moving along, and the DCH recoupment bill we support is enjoying some broad support.
Add some bills about antibiotics to sexual partners and limiting opioid prescriptions, and you have an interesting update. Check the details at GPhA.org/legislativeupdates.
Senate passes cannabis oil bill
A bill has passed the state senate that would (1) add autism to the list of qualifying conditions for a licence to possess cannabis oil, and (2) lower the allowed potency of the oil from five percent to three percent.
It’s still against state law to sell or purchase the oil in Georgia, however.
Soon to be Lifetime Original Movie
Smoke ’em if you got ’em*
It appears that smoking can prevent anemia — and, ironically, carbon monoxide poisoning.
“He may never be an athlete because his blood can’t carry as much oxygen, but smoking has prevented him from being anemic. And there’s a side benefit. People with this trait are more resistant to carbon monoxide poisoning.”
* No, don’t.
Diabetes: Worse than you thought
A new study in PLOS One found that almost 12 percent of deaths in the U.S. can be blamed on diabetes. That’s a lot higher than death certificates would suggest (3.3 to 3.7 percent) because the official cause of death is often a side effect of diabetes: heart disease, renal disease, visual impairment, peripheral arterial disease, etc.
Here’s something you probably didn’t expect
Legalizing same-sex marriage has resulted in a “significant reduction” in the rate of teen suicide according to a study out of Johns Hopkins.
“There may be something about having equal rights – even if they have no immediate plans to take advantage of them – that makes students feel less stigmatized and more hopeful for the future.”
Lemur thieves, beware
Facial-recognition software is coming for you… and your monkey.
Bill would ease e-cig restrictions
A bill introduced by Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop (and Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole) would essentially roll back the FDA’s authority to regulate electronic cigarettes. It would remove the requirement that e-cigs meet health standards, and allow them to be marketed and sold to minors (although state laws might prohibit that).
According to Bishop: “Vapor products offer a promising path for harm reduction for those seeking to quit or limit their smoking. This legislation would ensure the FDA’s regulatory process does not limit the availability of safer tobacco options for those seeking to make use of them.”
Your heart is in your hands….
—Monday, February 20