1. Prescription Medication Stewardship: Using the Telehealth Visit to Ensure Public Safety and Protect the Environment

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic in America.1 Every 14 minutes, a person dies from a drug overdose in America – leading to over 100 deaths per day.  It has been estimated that 7 out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often from medicine cabinets. Although there have been national efforts to create prescription take-back…

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  2. Does Direct-to-Consumer Accurately Describe Teleorthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners?

    ·       “DTC” is being misapplied to companies that the establishment doesn’t like.·       If a company provides a platform that is compliant with laws and regulations, then there should be no interference with it competing in the market.·       The important discussion should focus on individual doctors’ adherence to the standard of care, which is overshadowed when “DTC” is misapplied. It’s an important question, because it informs much of the advertising, not to mention the legal consequences,…

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  3. Governor Reynolds Signs House File 685 Bolstering Access to Teleorthodontic Care for All Iowans

    The American Teledentistry Association applauds the Iowa legislature and Governor Reynolds for the passage and signing of House File 685 – a bill relating to the requirements for dentists and orthodontists using telehealth to deliver remote orthodontia services to Iowa residents. This legislation accomplishes the dual goals of ensuring that Iowans continue to have access to needed remote orthodontic treatment while simultaneously ensuring that pertinent patient protections are in place that uphold the standard of care.  Specifically,…

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