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Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Newsletter Archive
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Prescriptions No Longer Required for Sales of Needles and Syringes

After years of striving, AIDS prevention advocates effected a change in the board regulations that required  a prescription for sales of syringes and needles in Pennsylvania.  Proponents say the change should reduce the transmission of diseases spread by drug addicts. 

It is important to note that Pennsylvania was one of the last states (only three remain) to make this change.  Numerous studies have shown that improving access to clean syringes does reduce the spread of HIV and other blood-borne diseases and does not lead to increased drug use.  Various advocacy groups and the Pennsylvania Department of Health had called for this change, which was  to control the spread of disease through repeated and shared needle use.

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CDC, Surgeon General Say H1N1 Flu Vaccination Still Important

Atlanta -- Despite the passing of the traditional flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General are continuing to urge Americans to get the H1N1 flu vaccine.

“Being vaccinated is a safe and effective way to reduce your chances of ending up in the hospital with the flu that could have been prevented,” Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Office of the Surgeon General said during a media briefing March 29. The briefing was held in response to increased and persistent regional flu activity in southeastern states.

The CDC strongly urges people with underlying health conditions and those over 65 to get vaccinated.

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Tax Amnesty Coming April 26 to June 18
to Settle Delinquent Taxes

Pennsylvania will be offering a Tax Amnesty period from April 26 to June 18.  During this limited, 54-day timeframe, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will waive 100 percent of penalties and half of the interest for anyone who pays delinquent state taxes. 

The program is generally available to all individuals, businesses and other entities with Pennsylvania tax delinquencies as of June 30, 2009.

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