DC FLI 2019 - Thank you AANP!
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Posted by: Dr. Kaley Bourgeois | OANP Board of Directors
On behalf of the OANP, I wanted to send a huge thank you to the AANP staff, board and volunteers for organizing a fantastic DC FLI this year! This was my first experience at a DC FLI event, and it was amazing to see the number of NDs and naturopathic medical students that attended, trained, and engaged with all of the legislators. We met with several Oregon legislative offices, including Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Senator Merkley, and Senator Wyden.
This year, there were 3 asks:
Request 1: Protect Patient Access to Compounded Medications (H.R. 1959) H.R. 1959 would allow compounding pharmacies to distribute compounded drugs for office-use in all states that allow it, and would clarify that FDA should allow natural and herbal ingredients for compounding in addition to those that are pharmaceutical drugs.
Request 2: Dear Colleague Letter to HHS to Include NDs as Qualified Providers of MAT's A Dear Colleague Letter urging Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to recognize licensed Naturopathic Physicians as both "other qualified providers" for the purposes of prescribing Medication Assisted Treatment for people with substance abuse disorders, and as vital stakeholders in studies, research programs and policies for non-pharmacological pain treatment options.
Request 3: Congressional Integrative Health & Wellness Caucus In the midst of the largest American health crisis in recent history, this Caucus provides legislators and other policy and regulatory officials the opportunity to understand how shifting the focus in healthcare to prevention, health creation, and health promotion can result in considerable cost savings while improving health outcomes for all Americans.
We are hoping to get more Oregon NDs to attend this event in 2020. It was great to see the energy and involvement from the naturopathic medical students, and it would be beneficial to have more trained and experienced NDs to speak about the real life scenarios that we face in practice.
Thank you AANP for all that you do to support our profession!