WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 PHYSICIANS: Monday was a major victory for California's doctors and their patients. After an intensive lobbying effort by the California Medical Association, Governor Newsom signed AB 149, which will end the confusion and countless problems caused by the flawed implementation of the state's new prescription pad law. The law is now delayed until July of 2020 to ensure patients receive the medicine they need while the state designs a new system to better track prescriptions. Physicians will be required to order a new prescription pad by that date. The Legislature passed a new law last year which required new prescription pads as part of of an effort to track prescriptions for opioids but that law failed to provide the necessary timeline. AB 149 corrects that mistake. I'd also like to encourage you to consider participating in the April 6th event organized by the Safe Homes Coalition as a volunteer and/or sponsor. The Keep Kids Safe San Diego Kickoff Event is designed to boost community education about preventing prescription drug theft or abuse. Over 200 volunteers will be going door to door to help residents better secure prescription drug medications or safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications. For more information about this worthwhile effort, please CLICK HERE . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Opioid Misuse Sending More Older Adults to Emergency Departments, Study Finds • CLICK HERE 'Medieval' Diseases Flare as Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate • CLICK HERE Trump Calls for Cutting NIH Budget, Imposing User Fees on E-Cigarette Industry • CLICK HERE How Much Difference Will Eli Lilly's Half-Price Insulin Make? • CLICK HERE 2019 is Shaping Up to be the Worst Year for Measles Since '90s, CDC Data Shows • CLICK HERE Military Doctors in Crosshairs of a Budget Battle • CLICK HERE As Hospitals Post Price Lists, Consumers are Asked to Check Up on Them • CLICK HERE Fast-Acting Depression Drug, Newly Approved, Could Help Millions • CLICK HERE Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer's Policies, Judge Rules • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … MAR 14-15, 2019 : Scripps Research Translational Institute offers the Scripps 12th Annual Precision Medicine Conference and new 1-day Clinical Genomics Workshop. Scripps Seaside Forum, La Jolla • CLICK HERE MAR 21-22, 2019 : 4th Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Double Tree Hotel, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego • CLICK HERE APR 6, 2019 : Safe Homes Coalition "Keep Kids Safe San Diego Kickoff Event," 9am. San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego • CLICK HERE APR 18, 2019 : SDCMS Physician Networking Opportunity and Mixer, 5:30-8:00 pm, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, La Mesa • CLICK HERE APR 27, 2019 : "Integrated Care Across the Lifespan" Conference, Rady Children's Hospital, Education Office Building, 7960 Birmingham Drive, San Diego • CLICK HERE MAY 23, 2019 : SDCMS Rendezvous By The Bay, Installation of new SDCMS President, 6-10 pm, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Drive, San Diego • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health" What's Next for the FDA? • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!