Gov. Christie’s Administration recently proposed a regulation to curtail the prescription of unnecessary opioid painkillers.  Christie, who serves as the Chairman of President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, expressed concern that treatment decisions of all prescribers (including physicians, dentists and advanced practice nurses) are being improperly influenced by pharmaceutical companies.  According to Christie’s press release, four out of every five new heroin users began by misusing prescription painkillers, and, in 2016, $69 million was paid to physicians in New Jersey by drug companies and device manufacturers, two-thirds of which went to just 300 physicians.

The New Jersey regulation would take big steps toward restricting what prescribers may receive from pharmaceutical companies, including limiting the value and frequency of meals that may be provided in educational settings, and prohibiting the giving of a variety of items to prescribers, except in limited circumstances (such as for educational materials, for presenting at continuing education events and for bona fide consulting arrangements).  Annual payments for bona fide services would be limited to $10,000.

The proposed regulation will be published for comment in the New Jersey Register on October 2, 2017.  Stay tuned to Fox Rothschild’s Physician Law Blog for updates.

We invite you to read Part 1 and Part 2 in a series of posts by Fox partner Dori K. Stibolt, regarding the new trend in ADA Title III litigation involving web access for the visually impaired.

Many of these cases have focused on travel, hospitality and financial services companies. However, there has been a micro trend of these web site accessibility cases naming dentists and physicians.

So it’s stressful, expensive and the hours stink — accordingly to an article on Forbes.com, medicine is still a pretty good gig.  In what will undoubtedly add fuel to the already raging debate over who is responsible for the high cost of health care, health care-related occupations fill the top 15 slots on Forbes’ list of the top 25 best paying jobs in the nation.  Here’s the breakdown:   

1. Anesthesiologists
2. Surgeons
3. Obstetricians And Gynecologists
4. Orthodontists
5. Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons
6. Internists
7. Prosthodontists
8. Psychiatrists
9. Family And General Practitioners
10. Chief Executives
11. Physicians And Surgeons, All Other
12. Pediatricians, General
13. Dentists, General
14. Airline Pilots, Copilots And Flight Engineers
15. Podiatrists
16. Lawyers
17. Air Traffic Controllers
18. Engineering Managers
19. Dentists, All Other Specialists
20. Natural Sciences Managers
21. Marketing Managers
22. Computer And Information Systems Managers
23. Sales Managers
24. Petroleum Engineers
25. Financial Managers