TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL)- A leader in the medical field in Tennessee stopped by the tri-cities this week for a visit. Tennessee Medical Association President Keith Anderson was in our region to speak with affiliate members of the Tennessee Medical Association and to talk about some of the items coming-up in the next legislative session in January.
While he was here, he shared his thoughts on the skyrocketing price of Epipens on the market today. Anderson said, “We need to drill down into the pharmaceutical industry and find out why … Is this just a price gouging thing? Is it availability? Was a production line shut down? We need to look at it with them to try to find out what the problem is and try to rectify it.”
Anderson said if it turns out to just be a monopoly that’s quadrupling the price, then there needs to be some price negotiations. Anderson said the medical association could help facilitate those discussions.
Anderson also shared his outlook on the ongoing opioid epidemic in northeast Tennessee. He said, while he sees the positives of a methadone clinic coming to the Johnson City area, more action needs to be taken to address recovery in those struggling with addiction.
Anderson said, “Methadone clinics tend to be just a dispensary for methadone and those patients need to be in active treatment.” “This is a psychological condition, it’s an illness, and it needs to be treated properly … methadone is just one part of that,” he said.
Anderson added that he believes methadone clinics works best when they are used in conjunction with a treatment facility that can address and treat the psychological aspects of drug addiction recovery.
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