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Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Academic Detailing Funds

Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Academic Detailing Funds

July 30, 2015

Remember "academic detailing?" We wrote about it last week - does that help?

How about this:

Governor Baker vetoes all Academic Detailing funds

We called on you to contact your legislator, asking him or her to support a vote to overturn the Governor's veto, and restore funding for the program.

Today, the legislature listened, and followed through. The House voted this afternoon to override the veto by a 121-33 vote, and this evening the Senate followed with a 32-5 vote. Both were way over the 2/3 necessary to reject the veto.

In talking to legislators about the program over the past few days, we emphasized how their objective education of physicians on prescriptions is focused on a critical concern, the proper use of painkillers, including avoiding overprescribing of opioides.Here's an example of the kind of education supported by the program, a Mass Medical Society course on "Managing Pain Without Overusing Opioids." 

We applaud the legislature for swiftly restoring funds for the program, and thank the many friends of HCFA who contacted their legislators to support the program.

            - Brian Rosman