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Dentists receive unprecedented $30M for student loan repayment in state budge  

The 2018-19 state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown dedicates $210 million from the Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax revenue to Denti-Cal providers, a $70 million increase from last year’s amount. This effort is the result of years of activity to improve th
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FDA warns consumers against using benzocaine products  

By Jennifer Garvin Silver Spring, Md.— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued asafety announcementMay 23 warning consumers not to use teething products containing benzocaine in infants and children younger than 2 years. The announcement updates previous FDA Drug Safety Communications reporting benzocaine’s association with methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the
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FTC complaint alleges collusion among top dental suppliers  

Benco Dental Supply Company, Henry Schein Inc. and Patterson Companies Inc. were named in a complaintfiled recently by the Federal Trade Commission.The FTC alleges that the three dental suppliers — the nation’s largest — violated federal a
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ADA prioritizes 7 sections of Opioid Crisis Response Act  

By Jennifer Garvin Washington— In continuing efforts to keep prescription opioid pain medications from becoming a source of harm in communities, the ADA is supporting several proposals highlighted in the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The Opioid Crisis Response Act,Senate Bill 2680, is a bipartisan legislation package containing more than 40 proposals from six Senate Committee
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Employee or independent contractor?  

For many years, dental practice owners have treated associates and some registered dental hygienists as independent contractors. Practice owners need to be aware of updates to California laws that specifically pertain to independent contractors and that the
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