FMCSA’s New Proposed Rule to Amend Driver Qualification Standards for Insulin Treated Diabetes.

The Diabetes Exemption Program currently in place reviews each case on an individual basis and provides the opportunity for public comment when commercial drivers using insulin want to engage in interstate commerce

DOT Physical Rules-Regulations| Randolph Rosarion M.D.

This proposed rule was published today 5/04/2015 and may very well be:

The most important this year regarding driver qualification standards.

The immediate link is available by going to Docket ID: FMCSA-2005-23151 at the regulations.gov website or simply clicking this provided link to read the document in full.

Why is this so important?  Insulin treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) is one of few medical conditions that if not carefully and meticulously treated and monitored in truck drivers can present a significant public safety risk due to hypoglycemia and sudden incapacitation.  The Diabetes Exemption Program currently in place reviews each case on an individual basis and provides the opportunity for public comment when commercial drivers using insulin want to engage in interstate commerce.  Leaving the final decision solely to the medical examiner in lieu of this process is risky for many reasons that is better discussed at a later time.

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About Randolph Rosarion M.D.

Board Certified physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Certified National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) USCIS designated Civil Surgeon

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