Suit challenges chiropractors’
drugs-by-injection directive

The Colorado Medical Society filed suit in Denver District Court late Friday to try to block chiropractors in the state from being able to administer drugs to patients.

The society said the Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners overstepped its authority in November when it approved a rule allowing chiropractors to administer drugs by injection, saying that intrudes on the practice of medicine.

“Authorizing chiropractors to administer drugs and perform injections threatens irreparable injury to the public welfare and the safety of the patients the members of the Colorado Medical Society serves to protect,” said John Conklin, one of the society’s attorneys.

The lawsuit includes an opinion issued by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office saying the board’s new rule exceeds its legislative scope.

Officials with the chiropractic board could not be reached Friday, but it had posted a message on its website alerting chiropractors of the AG’s ruling.

“The Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners approved additional language to Rule 7(C) where the term ‘administer’ included injectables,” the message reads. “However, the Office of the Attorney General has issued an opinion on the changes stating that it is beyond the scope of the board’s authority. We will keep you informed of further developments on this topic.”

In its lawsuit, the society says the Colorado Legislature has expressly rejected legislation granting chiropractors the ability to inject medications.

The society also has asked the court for a temporary injunction to prevent chiropractors from following the new rule, which is to go into effect Jan. 14.

The society is expected to argue the issue Jan. 8 before the Legislature’s Committee on Legal Services, which is to consider adding it to the annual rules bill.

That’s a list of proposed new rules approved by various state agencies over the year. They don’t become official until lawmakers approve them during a regular legislative session. The next one begins Jan. 9.


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