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palli signed. In addition, Dr. Gullapalli charged patients $200 to $300 for monthly follow-up visits, though the pa- tients are not actually seen but instead received their prescriptions through the mail, according to TMB. To access board orders issued to pain management clinics, visit www.tmb .state.tx.us/professionals/physicians/li censed/pmClinicsDiciplinaryAction.php.


AMA to FDA: Qualified professionals should do genetic testing


Governor Perry names new HHSC inspector general


Gov. Rick Perry appointed Doug Wilson, of Pflugerville, inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Com- mission (HHSC) for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2012.


“I’m honored by the appointment and by the opportunity to work with a group of employees deeply dedicated to their jobs,” Mr. Wilson said. “When you hear lawmakers talk about the budget situ- ation, you understand just how impor- tant it is that we do everything we can to make sure programs use resources as effectively as possible.” Mr. Wilson, a certified public accoun- tant with more than 20 years of state government experience, has served as deputy inspector general of operations since April 2009. The Senate confirmed his nomination in April. Before joining the Office of Inspector General, Mr. Wilson was a deputy direc- tor in the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He also has experi- ence with the Texas Commission on Al- cohol and Drug Abuse and the Texas De- partment of State Health Services in the areas of auditing, accounting, grants ad- ministration, contracting, investigations, licensing, and enforcement. Mr. Wilson is a board member of the Young Women and Young Men of Destiny leadership program and has a business degree from Texas State University. Mr. Wilson replaces Bart Bevers, who resigned in January.


In a letter to the Food and Drug Admin- istration (FDA), the American Medical Association called for genetic testing to be conducted under the guidance of a physician, genetic counselor, or other genetics specialist. AMA sent the letter to the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the FDA’s Medical Devices Ad- visory Committee regarding direct-to- consumer genetic tests. To read the letter, visit www.ama-


assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/399/ consumer-genetic-testing-letter.pdf. “Without the benefit of proper medical


counseling, patients may spend money on direct-to-consumer genetic tests needlessly or misinterpret the results of the tests, causing them to make unneces- sary or unhealthy lifestyle changes,” said AMA Chair Ardis D. Hoven, MD. “While genetic testing can be a valuable tool to aid in diagnostic and therapeutic deci- sions, it should be done under the guid- ance of a physician, genetic counselor, or other genetic specialist. These health professionals are best prepared to help patients understand the results and the limitations of the tests, and what type of action should occur based on the results.” AMA supports regulation of direct-to- consumer genetic tests, as well as the creation of a Genetic Testing Registry, which should include information about the clinical authenticity for each test available to patients. With an increasing number of tests available, this type of information would allow physicians to communicate with their patients about the capabilities and limitations of these tests. n


Crystal Conde is associate editor of Texas Medicine. You can reach her by telephone at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1385, or (512) 370-1385; by fax at (512) 370-1629; or by email at crystal.conde@texmed.org.


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