International Chiropractors Association

ICA Responds to Member Questions on New ACA "College of Chiropractic Pharmacology" Proposal

March 4, 2015, Falls Church, Virginia: International Chiropractors Association (ICA) members from around the world have been contacting the ICA in unprecedented numbers expressing concern and in many instances outright dismay and opposition to a new effort recently taken by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), to establish a College of Chiropractic Pharmacology and Toxicology, and to promote the term "Chiropractic medicine." ICA's leadership has expressed similar concerns as it is now clear that there are forces at work within some organizations, actively promoting the incorporation of drugs into the scope of chiropractic practice. This is in clear contravention of the statement that the organizations that comprise The Chiropractic Summit—including the ACA—adopted at Seattle, Washington on November 7, 2013, which reads:
The drug issue is a non-issue because no chiropractic organization in the Summit promotes the inclusion of prescription drug rights and all chiropractic organizations in the Summit support the drug-free approach to health care.
It is in this context and out of grave concern for the future of the chiropractic profession and the protection of the public that ICA has chosen to offer a statement of opposition to this paradigm-changing action.
"For nearly a century the ICA has advocated clear lines of distinction between the health care professions. Chiropractic is a drugless health care discipline. Adding drugs to our profession would make it simply another branch of medicine," said ICA President Dr. Michael S. McLean. "Does our society really need another drug-dispensing profession?"
"Unique among chiropractic organizations, ICA has acted on a wide range of fronts, legislative, legal and in the media, maintaining a no-compromise policy on the issue of drugs in chiropractic, to preserve this unique and highly positive aspect of chiropractic. We will do the same here, and urge the ACA members to reconsider this action."
ICA holds that the public is entitled to one truly drug-free system of health care and doctors of chiropractic are fully trained and qualified to fill that role with proven clinical and cost effectiveness. For more than a century, the marketplace has sustained and supported chiropractic on the basis of its unique, drugless approach to health and healing. This is especially crucial at a time when our society at-large is recognizing the alarming complexities, costs and complications of a drug-based approach to treatment and the trend is strongly in the direction of a minimalist approach regarding drugs, and with good reason.
ICA looks forward to presenting the host of issues and concerns that make this Pharmaceutical "College" proposal so problematic and inherently destructive and will keep the membership and the profession fully informed as this effort develops. Please consider joining ICA for this initiative.