E-News November 2, 2015

Doctor’s prescribing practices key to curbing painkiller abuse: CDC

Improved prescribing practices could help reduce narcotic painkiller abuse and overdose deaths from those drugs, a new U. S. government study says.  An analysis of prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states found that a small number of doctors were responsible for most narcotic painkiller prescriptions, according to the U. S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

The CDC researchers analyzed 2013 data from prescription drug-monitoring programs in California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Main, Ohio and West Virginia, which represents about one-quarter of the U. S. population.

The study found a small number of doctors who were heavy prescribers.  For instance, the top one percent of prescribers wrote 25 percent of narcotic prescriptions in Delaware, compared with about 12 percent in Maine.  The findings, published in the October 16 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlight the need to improve prescribing practices, particular for narcotics, the study authors said.

Health insurance enrollment opens

WVDA received the 2016 health benefit plans and premiums from Highmark BC/BS today.  The enrollment period for 2016 opened November 1.  Enrollment must be completed by December 15 for coverage to be effective January 1.  Call WVDA 304-344-5246 to obtain premiums for the county in which you reside.

Dr. Tom Leslie to receive Dr. Robert B. Bridgeman Distinguished Dentist Award

WVDA’s most coveted award bestowed a member is the Dr. Robert B. Bridgeman Distinguished Dentist Award.  It is presented in memory of Dr. Bridgeman of New Martinsville, a past president of WVDA and a 10-year member of the Board of Dental Examiners (now Board of Dentistry).   Dr. Leslie of Berkeley Springs was recommended for the award by the Eastern Panhandle Dental Society.  Dr. Dallas Nibert, WVDA President, will present the award during the Installation and Awards Luncheon at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, January 23, 2016.  The award is in recognition of Dr. Leslie’s contributions to the profession of dentistry.

WVDA represented at ADA 2015

Drs. Tom Leslie, Michael Medovic, Robert Wanker and Brett Eckley will represent WVDA at the ADA House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C. beginning later this week.   They will also attend the Sixth District caucus with dentists from Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.