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May 2013 e-Advocacy Newsletter

Optometrist surgery bill defeated: ASDSA e-Advocacy News 

SAVE THE DATE: Using social media for advocacy webinar June 27 

ASDSA members get an opportunity to learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms to influence their elected officials at this one-of-a-kind social media for advocacy webinar on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The webinar will feature Public Affairs Council Social Media Practice Manager Ashley Mancheni. The webinar is free for ASDSA members and will be recorded for those who cannot make the live session. Stay tuned for more information.        

Special advocacy session to come to ASDS Annual Meeting 

Join other Annual Meeting attendees who want to make a difference in their communities by passing laws that protect patients at this special morning event at the ASDS Annual Meeting in Chicago on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 7:00 a.m. Husband and wife team Chicago Alderman Debra Silverstein and Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein, who have worked tirelessly to pass under 18 indoor tanning bans, have been invited to offer tips and tricks for influencing elected officials at the municipal and state levels. ASDSA Grassroots Advocacy Chair Terrence A. Cronin, Jr., MD will moderate this session. Open to all Annual Meeting attendees, however RSVP’s are requested and should be sent to lsoukup@asds.net. 


Advocates of the month: Mary P. Lupo, MD and Lawrence J. Green, MD


Mary P. Lupo, MD, plays critical role in defeating optometrist surgery bill 

Kudos go to ASDSA and Louisiana Dermatological Society (LDS) member Mary P. Lupo, MD for her work on the ground to defeat a bill which would have allowed optometrists to perform ophthalmic surgery, including laser procedures in and around the eye. Dr. Lupo’s conversation with the bill sponsor about the importance of medical education, which cited an experience from her own life, was critical in convincing the State Representative to withdraw the bill from consideration. Dr. Lupo’s efforts are a great example of how personal contact and concrete examples from one’s own experience can make a difference.  


Lawrence J. Green, MD represents ASDSA at FDA panel  

Thanks to ASDSA Policy Priorities Work Group Chair Lawrence J. Green, MD, who represented the ASDSA at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on May 2, 2013, supporting FDA clearance of Allergan’s Juvéderm Voluma  XC. Much of the clinical study data was obtained by ASDSA members.  


FDA Announces proposal to reclassify indoor tanning beds 

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal to reclassify indoor tanning beds from a low-level risk device classification to a moderate-level risk. The new classification would require manufacturers to seek pre-market approval for their devices, as well as provide consumer labeling advising the risks of use. Additionally, the proposal includes a recommendation that the devices not be used by persons under the age of 18, and that all users be screened regularly for skin cancer. More information is available here.          


FDA Issues alert on counterfeit botulinum toxin 

On April 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that counterfeit botulinum toxins are being sold to U.S. medical offices. More information is available here.    


ASDSA Travels to DC for AADA Skin Cancer Briefing  

ASDSA staff traveled to Washington, DC today to participate in a skin cancer screening and briefing, sponsored by the AADA, together with dermatologic specialty societies and skin cancer advocacy organizations. The event was co-hosted by two Members of Congress who sponsored legislation in 2011 (Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act) that would have placed stricter controls and regulations on tanning beds. Also in attendance are other members of Congress who advocate for skin cancer prevention awareness, and Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. The briefing promoted awareness of the dangers tanning devices pose, and educated lawmakers and staff members on indoor tanning issues. 


Colorado: Naturopath bill continues to advance 

Despite opposition from the ASDSA, the Colorado Dermatologic Society, and the Colorado Medical Society, a bill which would allow naturopaths to perform “minor office procedures” continues to advance. Yesterday, the State Senate passed amendments to remove authorization for naturopaths to remove “benign lesions,” which our organizations did not believe naturopaths had the training to properly diagnose as such. The measure expected to pass through the State Senate and be sent to the Governor for signature into law this week. 


Connecticut: Under-18 tanning ban pending Senate vote 

An under-18 ban (SB 872) is expected to be heard in the Senate very soon. As is to be expected, the indoor tanning lobby is pushing hard to lower the age restrictions in the measure. The ASDSA continues to support advocacy efforts of the dermatologists and other skin cancer prevention groups in keeping the bill as-written to ban tanning for all minors. 


Illinois: Under-18 tanning ban bills advancing in House; Senate 

Concurrent under-18 ban bills have passed their respective chambers of origin. SB 2244 was sent to the House in early April, where it has remained in committee, while HB 188 passed the Senate Executive Committee at the end of April. It has since been placed on the full Senate calendar. The ASDSA anticipates that bills to be voted on in mid-May. 


Maine: Politics kill under-18 tanning ban 

An under-18 tanning ban (LD 272) introduced in Maine earlier this year was vetoed by Governor LePage, citing concerns that lawmakers shouldn't be telling parents what is best for their children. The bill passed through the State Legislature along mostly partisan lines, and was vetoed the morning it was received by the Governor. Read the ASDSA press release here.  


Maine: State considers cosmetic surgery tax 

LD 1496 would levy a tax on several new consumer purchases and services, including “elective cosmetic services.” The ASDSA will work together with all relevant parties, including the Stop Medical Taxes Coalition, to fight the proposed tax on medical procedures. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Taxation and will be heard on May 10. ASDSA Maine members should watch their email inboxes for opportunities to take action on this issue. 


Massachusetts: ASDSA, ASLMS, MAD support definition of surgery bill 

The ASDSA is working with the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, to support a bill which would seek to define surgery in statute. The bill would define the use of medical lasers and other prescription energy-based devices to be the practice of surgery, as is consistent with the American Medical Association and American College of Surgeons’ definition. This definition would go a long way toward battling those who seek to inappropriately expand their scope of practice in medical spas, to perform laser hair removal, etc. 


Minnesota: Stop Medical Taxes Coalition defeats cosmetic surgery tax in omnibus bill 

Having been defeated earlier in the session as a stand-alone bill, a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery crept into a large Minnesota omnibus tax bill in April. The ASDSA worked together with the Minnesota Medical Association and several members of the Stop Medical Taxes Coalition to get the proposed tax removed from consideration. Thanks to all of our Minnesota members who took action on this issue. 


New Jersey: State Senate Committee to weigh mandatory accreditation bill Thursday 

On Thursday, the New Jersey State Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee will vote on S 2079, a measure which would require accreditation for many procedures commonly performed by dermatologic surgeons. As written, the bill includes the mandatory accreditation threshold for tumescent liposuction in the country (750 cc total aspirate) as well as requiring accreditation for the broadly-stated “aesthetic truncal procedures involving an excision of skin.” The ASDSA is working together with the Dermatological Society of New Jersey and the AADA to oppose the measure. New Jersey members are encouraged to take action and tell their State Senators to oppose S 2079 by clicking on the button below.  



New York: Truth in advertising bill introduced 

The ASDSA, New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, and Medical Society of the State of New York are sponsoring a bill to require transparency in medical advertising with regard to level of licensure and board certification. SB 4854, authored by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, was introduced on April 26, and has been referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee . 


Texas: Under-18 tanning ban legislation passes State Senate 

Concurrent under 18 tanning ban legislation introduced in Texas received significant attention in the state legislature in April. SB 329 passed out of the Senate on April 22 with overwhelming bipartisan support (25-6), and was assigned to the House Health Committee. HB 598 was heard days before, and the House Health Committee will vote soon to decide whether or not to pass the bill. Both bills contain identical language to ban tanning for minors under the age of 18. ASDSA SANDS member Paul M. Friedman, MD was interviewed by ABC affiliate KTRK-13 in April. Watch here.  


West Virginia: Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors Enacted 

On May 1st, West Virginia joined the District of Columbia D.C 33 other states in passing law to restrict indoor tanning for minors. SB 464, signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, prohibits indoor tanning for persons under the age of 14, and requires persons who are 14-17 years old to obtain parental consent before using a tanning device. The law takes effect July 12, 2013.                

Take action on the go—get the new ASDSA advocacy app! 

Get the latest advocacy news effecting dermatologic surgery, write your elected officials, and access pending legislation and regulations—all from your smartphone! Simply download the new, free ASDSA Advocacy App, available here: http://asdsa.asds.net/Smart-Phone-App.aspx 


If you have news you'd like to share with the ASDSA e-Advocacy report, please contact Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Lisle Soukup at lsoukup@asds.net