Lichtenstein Adds Drugs to Scope of Practice
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) recently announced that Lichtenstein had added drug prescription rights to the scope of practice in that country. Lichtenstein joins Switzerland where chiropractors also have prescriptive authority.
Following the announcement, the WFC Facebook page was inundated with complaints that the WFC was not expelling the Lichtenstein Chiropractic Association from its membership in the WFC since the WFC has a policy clearly against the incorporation of drugs into chiropractic practice.
All of the comments were deleted from the WFC page.
The WFC is also a member of the Summit Group of chiropractic organizations that has adopted a position statement asserting that the drug issue in chiropractic is a “non-issue” because none of the members of the Summit Group support adding drugs to the scope of chiropractic practice.
The Lichtenstein Chiropractic Association is a Full Voting Member of the WFC and is led by Christopher Mikus, DC.
Dr. Mikus has been known to attack subluxation centered chiropractic as “pseudoscientific” - for example these comments he made in 2013:
“Unfortunately, we are still frequently confronted by a small, yet vocal minority of pseudoscientific chiropractors who continue to pedal outdated ideas that have led to a declining standing of the profession in many parts of the world. At this vital point in the development of the profession, the chiropractic leaders of Europe cannot and will not tolerate such propaganda that only serves to further divide our profession."
So far there has been no outcry from any of the Summit Members or WFC members, its corporate sponsors or any of the schools that are dues paying members of the WFC and purport to be against the inclusion of drugs into chiropractic practice.