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Statute Text

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Article - Health Occupations
§14–5F–01.  
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Approved naturopathic medical program” means a naturopathic medical education program:
(1)   In the United States that:
(i)   Provides the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine;
(ii)   Offers a 4–year graduate–level, full–time didactic and supervised clinical training;
(iii)   Is accredited, or has achieved candidacy status for accreditation, by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education or an equivalent federally and Board–recognized accrediting body for naturopathic medical programs; and
(iv)   Is part of an institution of higher education that is either accredited, or is a candidate for accreditation, by a regional or national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education; or
(2)   In a diploma–granting, degree–equivalent college or university in Canada that:
(i)   Offers graduate–level, full–time didactic and supervised clinical training;
(ii)   Is accredited, or has achieved candidacy status for accreditation, by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education or an equivalent federally and Board–recognized accrediting body for naturopathic medical programs; and
(iii)   Has provincial approval for participation in government–funded student aid programs.
(c)   “Auto–injectable epinephrine” means a portable, disposable drug delivery device that contains a premeasured single dose of epinephrine that is used to treat anaphylaxis in an emergency situation.
(d)   “Board” means the State Board of Physicians.
(e)   “Committee” means the Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Committee.
(f)   “Council” means the Naturopathic Doctors Formulary Council.
(g)    (1)   “Device” means a device used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.
(2)   “Device” does not include:
(i)   Any surgical or dental instrument;
(ii)   Any physical therapy equipment;
(iii)   Any X–ray apparatus; or
(iv)   Any component part or accessory of any of the items listed in items (i) through (iii) of this paragraph.
(h)   “Formulary” means a list of drugs and devices developed and adopted in accordance with § 14–5F–04.1 of this subtitle.
(i)   “Licensed naturopathic doctor” means a naturopathic doctor who is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine.
(j)   “Naturopathic doctor” means an individual who practices naturopathic medicine.
(k)    (1)   “Naturopathic medicine” means the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human health conditions, injury, and disease using only patient education and naturopathic therapies and therapeutic substances recognized by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education.
(2)   “Naturopathic medicine” includes:
(i)   Counseling;
(ii)   The practice of the mechanical sciences of healing, including mechanotherapy, articular manipulation, corrective and orthopedic gymnastics, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and phototherapy;
(iii)   The practice of the material sciences of healing, including nutrition, phytotherapy, treatment by natural substances, and external applications; and
(iv)   Prescribing, dispensing, or administering nonprescription and prescription drugs and devices listed in the formulary.
(l)   “Naturopathic musculoskeletal mobilization” means the treatment by manual and other mechanical means of all body tissues exclusive of high–velocity thrusts at or beyond the end range of normal joint motion.
(m)   “Nonprescription drug” means a drug that:
(1)   May be sold without a prescription; and
(2)   Is labeled for use by a consumer in accordance with State and federal law.
(n)   “Prescription drug” means any drug defined in § 503(b) of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act if the drug’s label is required to bear the statement “Rx only”.