AVMA joins medical associations in FTC suit

Does a state veterinary board have authority to limit non-veterinarians from performing work it considers veterinary medicine? A federal lawsuit may shed some light on the question. On Dec. 2, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission issued an order barring the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners from restricting or discouraging provision of teeth whitening goods or services by a non-dentist provider. This week,  the AVMA joined the American Dental Association and several other associations of state-regulated health professionals and boards in a legal action asking a court of appeals to reverse the FTC’s final administrative order against the North Carolina board. The associations contend that the FTC lacks such jurisdiction over the state boards and federal antitrust laws do not extend to actions of a state board exercising its authority conferred by the state legislature. http://www.ada.org/news/7078.aspx

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