It was called House Bill 127 (HB 127) and with it, the New Mexico State Senate considered legislation to permit limited prescription drug rights to a group of “Advanced Practice” Chiropractors. The bill passed the house but not the full senate. The chiropractic formulary was to include some anti-inflammatories, a common muscle relaxer, and several other topical and internal substances. Proponents said this law would permit chiropractors to help with the drastic shortage of PCP’s in NM and also help patients reduce their medication usage. Opponents said this law flew in the face of our chiropractic forefathers who fought hard to preserve our drugless profession.
A blog article on this topic on the RochesterChiro blog attracted some heated debate and strong opinion. For more depth on this issue, podcast host Dr. Brett Kinsler contacted two people who testified at the hearings in New Mexico concerning this bill: Dr. James Winterstein, president of National University of Health Sciences and Dr. Gerry Clum, recently retired president of Life College of Chiropractic West.
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