Precision Medicine

Gerald Yorioka, MD, SCMS President

The FDA is planning to release guidelines to facilitate the approval of drugs targeting cancer-linked DNA mutations.  The current process of FDA approval is costly and time-consuming, and disheartening to patients with a current diagnosis of cancer.  The new proposal is titled Medical Innovation Development Plan and is in response to a February Presidential speech before Congress.  Most applications for the introduction of new drugs requires over 200,000 patients who would be affected.  Below that cutoff level, the applications would be categorized as “orphan drugs.”  The new policy is to expect an FDA response within 90 days.

The King County Medical Society offered a CME program “Are You Ready for Genomic Diagnostics?” open to Snohomish County Medical Society members on June 18.  The program was focused on diagnostic capabilities, but the ultimate goal would be to achieve therapeutic benefits.

We may be on the threshold of a new practice of medicine for the 21st Century, so this proposed move by the FDA may be welcome news that will save lives in previously hopeless situations.  In line with this a subsequent Newsmax article “Personalized Vaccines Hold Cancer at Bay” July 5, presents this to the public as “Novel class of personalized cancer vaccines.”


Call for Candidates

Would you like to join the Snohomish County Medical Society as a trustee? We are looking for member candidates to serve on the board of trustees for the upcoming year.

We have four, quarterly board meetings. Two are in person and two are via conference call.

The dates for 2017 are:
January 10, 2017 at Emory’s in Everett (6pm-8pm)
May 9, 2017: conference call (time TBD)
September 12, 2017: Emory’s in Everett (6pm -8pm)
December 12, 2017: conference call (time TBD)

If you are interested in serving, please contact the Snohomish County Medical Society.

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Snohomish County Medical Society – 2017 Membership Dues

Snohomish County members will receive an invoice from the Washington State Medical Society (WSMA) with an option to renew with Snohomish county while renewing your WSMA membership.

If you are not a WSMA member, SCMS will invoice you for your annual membership dues in March of 2017. If you would like to renew before March 2017, please contact the Snohomish County Medical Society at: 206-956-3624 or renew or join online.


National Election Results – For Physicians

Gerald Yorioka, MD, SCMS President

New Physician to Congress
While many physicians failed in their bids for Congress, including four in California, ,there was one successful challenger.. In Florida, Neal Dunn, MD (R), defeated three other candidates to win the open congressional seat in District 2.

In Louisiana, an interesting state with a great deal of physician activity, Charles Boustany, M.D., will be leaving his seat in Congress but will be in a top-two runoff later this year for the U.S. Senate. John Flemming, M.D. also left his seat in Congress to run for this same position, but did not make the cut.

In a close contest in Nevada Rep Joe Heck (R) lost 45% to 47% to Catherin Cortes Masto (D). In that race Tony Gumino, M.D. captured 1% of the vote as a write-in candidate.

Just across the Columbia River in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown was re-elected defeating Bud Pierce, M.D, forme state medical association president, who received a respectable 43% of the vote.

Ten Re-Elected Physician Representatives and Senators
And there were a few other healthcare winners last night — all of the current physician members of Congress who were seeking re-election. These included Sen. Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.) and representatives Ralph Abraham, MD (R-La.), Ami Bera, MD (D-Calif.), Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.), Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas), Scott DesJarlais, MD (R-Tenn.), Andy Harris, MD (R-Md.), Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), David “Phil” Roe, MD (R-Tenn.), and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Calif.).

Of the total of 34 Senate and 435 House seats (total 469) it appears that there are 11 physicians elected or re-elected. That is just over 2%, which is better than the number of physicians in the general population. Visit the following more detailed information.

With the recent discussion of the value and future of the WSMA House of Delegates, the exposure and training for physicians to participate in the legislative process at any level needs to be appreciated. No one should question the value if our next governor comes from the ranks of the WSMA HOD.