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  Prescription drug monitoring database goes live Aug. 25, 2016 
Finally, Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring database is open; doctors must now review new patients' drug histories before prescribing them controlled substances like opioids. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports estimates suggest up to 15 percent of patients with opioid prescriptions abuse or sell the drugs.
 
 
  Pa. asks for input on medical marijuana; questions linger Aug. 24, 2016 
Pennsylvania wants input on medical marijuana regulations, according to PennLive, but as Kaiser Health News reports, doctors are struggling with a knowledge gap over the drug. We recently asked PAFP members to sound off on medical marijuana; we'll print responses in the next issue of Keystone Physician.
 
 
  Increase in OD deaths under new drug monitoring tool? Aug. 23, 2016 
Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring program launches on Aug. 25. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports while such databases are some of the most effective tools to rein in overdose rates, they can also lead to a short-term increase in deaths, as patients turn to street drugs when their prescriptions are cut off.
 
 
  Pa. among states with most travel-related Zika cases Aug. 22, 2016 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Pennsylvania is one of the states with the most confirmed travel-related Zika cases. CBS21 News reports there are 74 cases in the state, according to the Pa. Dept. of Health. Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have not made their way into Pennsylvania.
 
 
  Featured: Tell the VA to keep physician-lead health care teams
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published a proposed rule allowing the VA to grant full practice authority to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), disregarding scope of practice laws in states like Pennsylvania. Use the AAFP's Speak Out tool to tell the VA to keep physician-led health care teams. 

 
 
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Read statements from at-large Board of Directors candidates March 9, 2016 
At the PAFP's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 11, PAFP members will be voting on candidates for the At Large positions on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Statements from these candidates can be found at the top of the Members Only webpage.
 
Read statements from at-large Board of Directors candidates March 9, 2016 
At the PAFP's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 11, PAFP members will be voting on candidates for the At Large positions on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Statements from these candidates can be found at the top of the Members Only webpage.
Read statements from at-large Board of Directors candidates March 9, 2016 
At the PAFP's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 11, PAFP members will be voting on candidates for the At Large positions on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Statements from these candidates can be found at the top of the Members Only webpage.
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November 18-20, 2016
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