Chiropractors wanting to give drugs face challenge

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Medical Society has filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new regulation that would allow chiropractors to administer internal medications.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/UfTDDM ) the Chiropractic Board of Examiners proposed in November to allow chiropractors to give drugs topically and orally to their patients, as well as to perform injections.

John Conklin, a spokesman and attorney for the Colorado Medical Society, says authorizing chiropractors to administer drugs and give injections "threatens irreparable injury" to patients and public welfare. Meanwhile, the attorney general's office says the change exceeds the legislative scope of authority granted to the chiropractic board, which typically is responsible for licensing chiropractors and massage therapists.

The change would take effect Jan. 14.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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