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  • Pharmacy Executives Face Murder Charges in Meningitis Deaths

    12/18/2014 5:57:10 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/17/14 | JESS BIDGOOD and SABRINA TAVERNISE
    BOSTON — Two senior executives of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday with racketeering and murder in the production of tainted drugs that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds of others across the country with fungal meningitis in the fall of 2012. The United States attorney’s office here charged Barry J. Cadden, an owner of New England Compounding Center Inc. and the head pharmacist, and Glenn A. Chin, a supervisory pharmacist, with 25 acts of second-degree murder in seven states — Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. “Senior N.E.C.C. pharmacists knew that, despite the filthy conditions...
  • US pharmacy giant CVS ends tobacco sales [Obama Tweets Support]

    09/04/2014 5:12:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Rappler ^ | 9/4/14
    CVS, the leading US drug chain by sales, announced Wednesday, September 3, that it had stopped selling tobacco products.... CVS was cheered by the White House as "setting a powerful example that we hope others in the industry will follow." First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted: "Congratulations and thank you, CVS Health. Creating a healthier future for our next generation is one good reason to live tobacco-free."
  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales a month early

    09/03/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    AP ^ | September 3, 2014
    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.
  • Walgreens leaving Illinois for Switzerland?

    07/25/2014 7:31:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies ^ | July 25, 2014 | SCOTT REEDER
    Walgreens leaving Illinois for Switzerland? SPRINGFIELD – I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day.  And I didn’t hear any French, German or Italian spoken.How surprising.I’ve read that the Deerfield, Ill.,-based drugstore chain is considering becoming a Swiss corporation. I’ll admit the thought of a company that is essentially an American icon becoming a foreign corporation gives me pause.  After all, Walgreens is one of Illinois’ premier companies. It was founded here in 1901 and is headquartered in Deerfield, Ill. And now they are talking about moving their headquarters to Switzerland.But what exactly does it mean when...
  • Walgreens to lay off 345 in Flagstaff

    07/19/2014 9:16:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | ‎7‎/‎19‎/‎2014‎ ‎ | Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
    One of the top 10 employers in Flagstaff, Walgreens, announced Friday that it was closing its distribution center by April and laying off all 345 employees. ... Walgreens recently announced it was seeking to relocate its corporate headquarters overseas to lower its income tax bill. One estimate put first-year tax savings for the country’s largest drugstore chain at more than $700 million. The Wall Street Journal reported July 15 that Walgreens is considering buying the rest of Alliance Boots, a drugstore chain that operates in the United Kingdom but is headquartered in Switzerland. If Walgreens does purchase the rest of...
  • FedEx Accused of Conspiracy to Distribute Prescription Drugs for Online Pharmacies

    07/17/2014 9:52:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Andrew Blankstein and Pete Williams
    Federal Express was indicted Thursday on federal charges alleging that it distributed prescription drugs and other controlled substances to people that the company knew had no prescriptions on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies. "We want to be clear what's at stake here: The government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, a senior FedEx official. “We are a transportation company -- we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We...
  • Court upholds Walgreens’ firing of pharmacist using handgun

    06/12/2014 12:40:37 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    DrugTopics ^ | 06/12/2014 | Mark Lowery
    A federal appeals court has ruled in Walgreens’ favor regarding a pharmacist who was dismissed after shooting at armed robbers with a legally concealed handgun. Citing its non-escalation policy, Walgreens in 2011 fired Jeremy Hoven from its Benton Harbor, Mich., store eight days after shooting at robbers during his overnight shift. . . . . The court disagreed, citing Hoven’s status as an at-will employee who could be fired at any time, for any reason.
  • Robbery Suspect Tracked by GPS and Killed

    05/19/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    Relying on a GPS device placed in a decoy pill bottle, police officers tracked an armed man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on Friday afternoon and fatally shot him during a confrontation on the Upper East Side, police officials said. The decoy bottle was among a cache of drugs taken in an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m. from HealthSource Pharmacy, at Second Avenue and East 68th Street, according to a police official, who was not authorized to speak about the investigation. The suspect, identified by the police as Scott Kato, 45, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was believed to have robbed...
  • Walgreen To Close 76 Unprofitable Stores

    03/25/2014 4:56:04 PM PDT · by John W · 40 replies ^ | March 25, 2014 | Peter Frost
    Walgreen Co. on Tuesday said it plans to shutter 76 unprofitable drugstores by August as part of a plan to save $40 million to $50 million per year beginning in fiscal 2015. The drugstore chain, the nation's largest, declined to specify the locations of the stores slated to close aside from saying they're "spread across the country." Walgreen, based in Deerfield, IL, said it will confirm the closures in the coming months after it notifies employees. Most stores that will close either have had other Walgreen locations open in the same area or have seen real estate values decline since...
  • Tobacco-Less CVS Will Continue to Sell ‘Plan B’ Abortifacient

    02/11/2014 8:00:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 11, 2014 - 4:24 PM | Penny Starr
    The CVS drug store chain has announced it will halt the sale of tobacco products in its store beginning in October, but the retailer will continue to sell Plan B: One-Step, an abortifacient that is for sale without prescription to anyone regardless of age. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” CVS announced on its website. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose—helping people on their path to better health.” If the company is concerned about public health,...
  • CVS Becomes First Drugstore to Yank Controversial Product From Its Shelves

    02/05/2014 7:10:38 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Liz Klimas
    When customers step up to make a purchase at a CVS store next fall, they won’t see rows of cigarette boxes and other tobacco products behind the counter. CVS Caremark announced Wednesday its decision to stop selling tobacco products by October 2014 in its more than 7,600 stores, making it the first large drugstore chain in the country to do so.
  • CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

    02/05/2014 5:01:07 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 190 replies
    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won't affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company's business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers' health.
  • Walgreen offers month of prescriptions to backlogged Obamacare enrollees

    12/30/2013 9:09:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/13 | Ernest Scheyde
    Walgreen Co said on Monday it will provide a month´s supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law. The offering comes as U.S. government officials struggle to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Myriad enrollment problems have dogged the site´s website,, since its October launch and many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information to be able to process required forms. Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the United States, said
  • Walgreens Drops Employee Health Insurance Coverage (180,000)

    09/18/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies ^ | 18 Sept 2013
    Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, reportedly will no longer offer health insurance coverage to about 180,000 employees at its approximately 8,000 US stores. Going forward, workers will need to buy coverage on so-called healthcare exchanges with an employer-provided subsidy. The company apparently attributed the major change to its benefits package to healthcare cost increases as well as Obamacare, according to the Wall Street Journal. Healthcare exchanges or marketplaces are supposed to be up in running as of October 1 under Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act. During an August 2009 town hall meeting, President Obama promised that “If you...
  • CVS agrees to pay $57,000 fine for overcharging customers

    09/09/2013 5:22:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-5-13 | Gitte Laasby
    CVS has agreed to pay a fine of more than $57,000 after state investigators found multiple, repeated instances of Wisconsin stores overcharging customers. The fine is the third that CVS has received for such violations in the past five years. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the settlement in a news release Wednesday. The agency conducted a statewide inspection of 28 CVS locations over two days in January. Inspectors found 37 instances where stores overcharged customers. Overall, stores overcharged on 2.64% of the items that inspectors checked. The inspectors subsequently ordered the prices corrected. But in...
  • CVS requesting ID for nail polish remover, in effort to curb ‘meth’ production

    08/11/2013 1:47:56 PM PDT · by workerbee · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/11/13
    CVS pharmacy customers are being asked for identification when they buy nail polish remover, WPRI 12 News reports. The policy, which has been rolled out across southern New England in the past few weeks, means customers must show ID and will be limited on the number of bottles of remover they can purchase, according to the station. The drugstore chain says the rule is an attempt to curb the making of illegal methamphetamine, and issued this statement, according to the station: “Because acetone is an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we recently implemented a policy that a...
  • South Windsor (CT) Considers Banning Cigarette Sales in Pharmacies

    09/17/2012 1:29:48 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    When the South Windsor town council meets on Monday night, they will consider an ordinance that would ban the sales of tobacco products at CVS. In July Town Councilor Dr. Anwar Saud, who specializes in lung diseases and critical care medicine, proposed banning the sales of tobacco in pharmacies. Nationally, there is a problem, he said in video posted on the town's Web site. Some large pharmacies, which run “minute clinics,” sell cigarettes, while smaller, community pharmacies do not allow cigarette sales, he said during a council meeting over the weekend. “So they are becoming healthcare facilities … but, as...
  • Robbery Suspect Dead in Pharmacy Shooting(WV)

    05/30/2012 4:22:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 May, 2012 | Colin Lawler
    WHEELING - A man is dead after attempting to rob an Elm Grove pharmacy at about 5 p.m. Friday. According to authorities an unknown white man entered the Elm Grove Pharmacy located at 101 E. Bethlehem Blvd. carrying a gun tried to hold up the store. A pharmacy employee then shot the man, killing him. The investigation was turned over from the Wheeling Police Department to the West Virginia State Police. State Police Sgt. D.L. Robinson said no information would be released as the incident is under investigation. Wheeling officers, State Police, representatives from the Brooke County Medical Examiner and...
  • High-tech security at Long Island pharmacy

    02/07/2012 6:55:16 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    ABC local WABC ^ | 7 Feb 2012 | Josh Niniger
    A Long Island pharmacy is taking a high-tech approach in the fight against prescription drug theft. New technology installed there makes robbing a bank seem like an easy task. Authorities hope the beefed-up security catches on at pharmacies across the area, to prevent any more tragedies. You could call it the drug store of the future. "We're carrying the medications that nobody wants to carry," said Marc Wiener, co-owner of Linden Care. But Syosset's Linden Care is more than a fantasyland of computerized pill counting and labeling machines, it's more like a fortress. Co-owners Marc Wiener and Jordan Fogel call...
  • Police: Suspected Robber Found Passed Out In SUV

    07/16/2011 8:15:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies ^ | 15 July 2011 | Wayne Harrison
    WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Police said a suspect in a Friday morning robbery at a pharmacy may be the same man police found four hours later passed out at a traffic light just two blocks from the police station. The man who held up the Walgreens at 9970 Wadsworth Parkway at about 9:20 a.m. Friday displayed a handgun, according to Investigator Trevor Materasso. The gunman demanded narcotic pain pills during the robbery. Materasso said pharmacy employees noticed the gunman appeared to be bleeding on his right side and that blood had soaked through his clothing, pooling on the floor where he...
  • New State Law [Indiana] Could Help Police Curb Meth Sales

    07/09/2011 3:42:27 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 10 replies · 2+ views
    A new Indiana law will help pharmacists and police track sales of cold medicines in real time as the state pushes forward with efforts to stop those making and dealing meth...
  • Suspect Arrested in Long Island Pharmacy Killings (New York)

    06/22/2011 4:04:53 PM PDT · by Gena Bukin · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 22, 2011 | LARRY CELONA, SELIM ALGAR and CLEMENTE LISI
    Following a three-day manhunt, an unemployed Army veteran was arrested today for allegedly killing four people at a Long Island pharmacy, and later identified as the shooter by a witness in a police lineup, authorities said. David Laffer, 33, was arrested by Suffolk County police at about 10 a.m. at his Medford home. Shortly after Laffer's arrest, his wife Melinda Brady, 29, was also taken into custody, cuffed and placed in another car. Sources said Laffer's wife is believed to have driven the getaway car following the massacre. The fiance of one of the shooting victims, James Manzella, was waiting...
  • Help Alert Major Pharmacies about The New Abortion Drug "ella"

    12/13/2010 1:04:48 PM PST · by Sun · 10 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | December 13, 2010 | Tony Perkins
    We previously reported that on August 13th the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new prescription abortion drug called "ella" allowing Watson Pharmaceuticals to market this drug in the U.S. as an "emergency contraceptive" (EC). While proponents of ella claim that it is more effective than the so-called "morning-after-pill," Plan B, ella can also function as an abortion drug more like RU-486. On December 1st, Watson Pharmaceuticals began to aggressively promote ella over the internet and in pharmacies. Because ella is similar in its chemical make-up to the abortion drug RU-486, it therefore can destroy an implanted embryo, in...
  • Police Believe Pharmacy Robber Caught(AR)

    08/31/2010 6:32:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 31 August, 2010 | NA
    FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Fort Smith police believe the man responsible for an armed robbery at the National Family Pharmacy has been caught. The pharmacy was robbed around 11 a.m. on Monday. Police said a man wearing a black, green and white shirt walked into the pharmacy with a gun and ordered employees to fill a bag with prescription pills. Cpl. Steven Dooly said as the man walked out of the store, the owner fired a shot hitting the man. Surveillance video captured the crime as it unfolded. At about 4:40 p.m. Dooly said sheriff's deputies in Latimer County, Okla.,...
  • WaPo Columnist Celebrates Pro-life Pharmacy’s Closure

    04/14/2010 11:41:06 AM PDT · by 198ml · 6 replies · 488+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/14/10 | Anthony Kang
    Petula Dvorark, Washington Post's designated church-basher, commemorated the closure of a Virginian "pro-life" pharmacy with snide glee in her April 13 column. "The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly proudly and purposefully limited what it would stock on its shelves. But it turns out that no birth control pills, no condoms, no porn, no tobacco and even no makeup added up to one thing: No customers," Dvorak wrote. "John T. Bruchalski, president of Divine Mercy Care and the doctor who opened the pharmacy, then had to close it, said he wanted a place where pharmacists ‘could bring their conscience into...
  • Walgreens: no new Medicaid patients as of April 16..

    03/19/2010 8:44:18 PM PDT · by TaraP · 18 replies · 881+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 17th, 2010
    Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition — the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement. The company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients. In a news release, Walgreens said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement" under the state's Medicaid program, which reimburses it at less than the break-even point for 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents. Walgreens follows Bartell Drugs,...
  • Walgreens: no new Medicaid patients as of April 16

    03/17/2010 5:00:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1,141+ views
    seattletimes ^ | 3/17/10 | Seattle Times staff
    Walgreens will no longer accept new Medicaid patients in Washington state as of April 16. The pharmacy company, which operates 121 stores in the state, will continue filling Medicaid prescriptions for current patients. In a news release, the company said its decision to not take new Medicaid patients stemmed from a "continued reduction in reimbursement under the state's program." The company says that under the current payment structure, the state Medicaid program is reimbursing Walgreens below its cost to break even on nearly 95 percent of brand-name medications dispensed to Medicaid patents. Other pharmacies have made similar decisions recently.
  • Great granny! Clerk, 91, battles thug

    03/16/2010 8:09:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 12 replies · 705+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/12/10 | SELIM ALGAR and ED ROBINSON
    A feisty 91-year-old Long Island pharmacy cashier fought with a robber -- then insisted on finishing her work shift. "I want him to get caught because I want to smack him," said Florence Critelli after completing her day's work at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in East Northport. Critelli was behind the register just before 11 a.m. when a man gave her a dollar for a candy bar. When she opened the register to get his change, the thief reached over and helped himself to a handful of cash. Critelli leaped into action.
  • Idaho Pharmacist Who Wrestled Down And Captured An Armed Robber Was Fired

    12/31/2009 7:05:03 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 16 replies · 765+ views
    An Idaho pharmacist who wrestled down an armed robber was fired. A pharmacist who fought off an armed robber in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho was awarded a special award from the city. But his award from his employer was termination because he fought and captured the robber. He chased an armed gunman who stole prescription medications, and was able to tackle him outside the store. He confronted the man who informed him he had a gun and started reaching for his pocket. But, the former college wrestler tackled him. As often happens, the robber accidentally dropped his gun....
  • Idaho pharmacist who tackled armed robber fired

    12/19/2009 5:23:56 PM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 2,329+ views
    AP ^ | December 19, 2009
    A northern Idaho pharmacist who tackled a gun-toting robber and received a special award from the city of Coeur d'Alene has been fired for violating company policy. Jerry Gunderson says he was dismissed from the Shopko pharmacy ... A Shopko spokeswoman at the company's corporate office in Green Bay, Wis., declined to comment. Police arrested the man and Gunderson later received a Citizen Appreciation Award from city leaders.
  • The reality behind the swine flu conspiracy

    11/26/2009 7:49:16 PM PST · by wannabegeek · 9 replies · 973+ views
    Russia Today ^ | November 26, 2009 | Irina Galushko, RT
    The message is clear – we are all going to die from swine flu. It spreads fast, it is dangerous, and it must be feared – says the World Health Organization. But worry not – there is a way to save yourself. Just get a flu shot – and purchase a remedy for the deadly virus. Those are the instructions from the WHO. Read more
  • Feds: Sudbury man planned terror attacks on malls

    10/21/2009 1:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 51 replies · 2,831+ views
    My Fox Boston ^ | 10/21/09 | Mike Levine
    BOSTON - A pharmacy college graduate conspired with two other men on a terror plot to kill two prominent U.S. politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking shoppers in U.S. malls and American troops in Iraq, prosecutors said Wednesday. But their plans — in which the men used code words like "peanut butter and jelly" for fighting in Somalia and "culinary school" for terrorist camps — were thwarted in part when they could not find training and were unable to buy automatic weapons, authorities said. Tarek Mehanna worked with the men from 2001 to May 2008 on the...
  • 'Canadian Pharmacy' spam - a nightmare for legit firms

    08/24/2009 10:36:05 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies · 474+ views ^ | 8/7/09 | Brian Jackson
    To most people, Canadian Pharmacy means just another spam e-mail message promising cheap Viagra pills that is deleted in microseconds – but to David Zimmer, it's a reputation nightmare for his business. ...About once a day, Zimmer says he personally takes a call from an angry victim of the fraudsters. They've paid money and received nothing in return. When they go searching for someone to contact and blame, it's the legitimate companies they find.
  • Wisconsin requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives coverage

    08/23/2009 1:49:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,280+ views
    cna ^ | August 23, 2009
    Madison, Wis., Aug 23, 2009 / 02:13 am (CNA).- The bishops of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) have issued a statement to the state’s Catholic faithful expressing their “deep concern” about a state provision that requires providers of health insurance include contraceptive services. The rule will force Catholic dioceses and other agencies to pay for a “gravely immoral” service, the conference says.A provision in the new state budget mandates the coverage as a “benefit.”Signatories of the August 20 WCC letter were Bishop of Green Bay David L. Ricken, Bishop of Madison Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of La Crosse Jerome...
  • CVS Email Response to Glenn Beck Boycott (Vanity)

    08/21/2009 6:06:29 AM PDT · by kara37 · 39 replies · 1,731+ views
    Dear Ms. *******: Thank you very much for your communication about our decision regarding advertising on the Glenn Beck show. Our position is simple and was not driven by taking sides in any political debate. We support free speech of all kinds, and vigorous debate, especially around policy issues that affect millions of Americans. But we expect the speech and the debate to be informed, inclusive and respectful, in keeping with our company’s core values and commitment to diversity. In our view, Mr. Beck crossed the line. While advertising on the Fox network is part of our communication plan, we...
  • 9th Circuit: Pharmacists Must Dispense Mornin-After Pill

    07/11/2009 7:35:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 35 replies · 1,391+ views ^ | July 11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The most overturned appellate court has teed up another case for the Supreme Court to consider — and likely soon. The 9th Circuit overturned an injunction in a district court case, allowing the state of Washington to force a pharmacy to stock and dispense morning-after pills, which causes the abortion of an embryo in the early days of a pregnancy. The pharmacy owners had objected, claiming that the law violated their religious practice:
  • (WA) Plan B ruling overturned at 9th Circuit Court (must dispense)

    07/09/2009 4:24:22 PM PDT · by llevrok · 11 replies · 554+ views
    A federal judge overreached when he sided with religious-freedom arguments to block Washington state’s rules mandating the sale of “morning-after” birth control, appeals judges said Wednesday. The unanimous ruling, from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sends the politically thorny case back to U.S. District Court for further review. The case revolves around the drug Plan B, a contraceptive that can greatly reduce the chances of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Some pharmacists and drugstore owners, however, say they can’t sell the pills in good conscience because they consider Plan B’s...
  • The Ninth Circuit's Wrong Ruling That Pharmacists Can't Refuse To Sell "Morning After" Pill

    07/09/2009 10:06:57 PM PDT · by stevelackner · 32 replies · 971+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | July 9, 2009 | Steve Lackner
    The L.A. Times reports that "pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the 'morning after' contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. In a case that could affect policy across the western U.S., a supermarket pharmacy owner in Olympia, Wash., failed in a bid to block 2007 regulations that required all Washington pharmacies to stock and dispense the pills. Family-owned Ralph's Thriftway and two pharmacists employed elsewhere sued Washington state officials over the requirement. The plaintiffs asserted that their Christian beliefs prevented them from dispensing the pills, which...
  • Second Pharmacy Robbery Suspect Arrested(Oklahoma)

    05/29/2009 5:37:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    News9 ^ | 28 May, 2009 | staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Authorities have arrested two people, including a 14-year-old boy, in connection with an attempted pharmacy robbery that left another teen dead and a pharmacist facing first-degree murder charges. Oklahoma County Sheriff's deputies arrested the teen at 706 NE 26th Street in Oklahoma City at about 1 p.m. after he was seen standing outside an apartment complex. The teen ran when he noticed the deputies and jumped out a window of an apartment. Police say the teen is the second suspect in the May 19 robbery of the Reliable Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City. During the robbery, pharmacist...
  • Pharmacist Charged With Murder In Shooting

    05/27/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 94 replies · 2,821+ views
    KTUL ^ | 5/27/2009 | Staff
    Oklahoma City - A pharmacist who shot and killed a 16-year-old would-be robber is now charged with first-degree murder in the case. The incident happened on May 19th at Reliable Discount Pharmacy. Antwun Parker was shot six times by 57-year-old Jerome Ersland, who says the shooting was in self defense.
  • Man has no regrets defending Oklahoma City pharmacy (Hero possibly be charged)

    05/26/2009 8:56:38 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 32 replies · 1,841+ views ^ | May 23, 2009 | JOHNNY JOHNSON
    Pharmacist Jerome Ersland talks about a fatal shooting that occurred at Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Jerome Ersland was back at work Thursday filling prescriptions and hoping that by taking the life of a 16-year-old boy two days earlier, he had saved others. Advertisement Click here to find out more! Rubbing an oversized bandage on his left forearm, where he said he was grazed by a robber’s bullet, Ersland related details of what he said was a highly organized hit on the Reliable Discount Pharmacy. "I just regret anybody would get killed,” Ersland...
  • Orlando mom forgives pharmacist who shot her son

    04/25/2009 8:14:31 AM PDT · by inflorida · 62 replies · 2,060+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 04/25/2009 | Willoughby Mariano
    Her son lay dead in his casket. Marija Vukomanovic held fast to her faith. The pastor told mourners about Lazarus, who rose from the dead. The mother knelt and reached for her boy. "I believed in the miracle, so I touched his heart," Vukomanovic said. Nothing happened. Mario Vukomanovic, 23, war refugee, star student and drug addict, was gone, shot dead as he tried to rob a south Orange County pharmacy April 1 at gunpoint. Orange County deputies said the shooting was self-defense. "But now I have another miracle," the mother said in an interview this week. She forgave the...
  • Pharmacy says it goofed in making drugs for horses

    04/23/2009 9:33:09 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 1,612+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2009
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pharmacy has told The Associated Press it incorrectly prepared a medication for 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match. Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., told the AP in a statement the business conducted in internal investigation that found "the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect.
  • Pharmacy admits incorrectly mixing supplement linked to deaths of 21 Wellington polo ponies

    04/23/2009 9:52:54 AM PDT · by prismsinc · 18 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 04-23-09 | BILL DIPAOLO and JANE MUSGRAVE
    WELLINGTON- — The head of a Tallahassee-based pharmacy today admitted that it incorrectly mixed a medication that was given to 21 horses that mysteriously collapsed and died before a polo match over the weekend. Jennifer Beckett, chief operations officer for Franck's Pharmacy, said an internal investigation revealed that the strength of an ingredient in the medication was flawed. In a written statement, she did not name the medication or the ingredient involved. "We will cooprate fully with the authorities as they continue their investigations," she wrote. "Because of the ongoing investigations, we cannot discuss further details about this matter at...
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raided At Tahoe

    01/24/2009 8:56:49 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 422+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 24, 2009
    Medical marijuana dispensary raided at Tahoe The Associated Press Published: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Federal agents have raided a medical marijuana dispensary at South Lake Tahoe. Five agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency were joined by local and federal authorities when they served a search warrant Thursday on Patient to Patient Collective. DEA Special Agent Gordon Taylor says agents seized between five and 10 pounds of processed marijuana and a small amount of U.S. currency from the dispensary. Taylor declined to release additional details on the raid, saying the dispensary is part of an...
  • Express Scripts Says Clients Received Threats

    11/12/2008 2:56:13 AM PST · by billorites · 8 replies · 452+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2008 | Sarah Rubenstein
    harmacy-benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. said some of its clients have received anonymous letters threatening to expose the personal information of patients. Express Scripts said it believes the threats, which were sent to sponsors who offer its prescription-drug plans rather than directly to patients, are related to an extortion attempt it disclosed last week. The letters include personal details about patients, such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, Express Scripts spokesman Steve Littlejohn said. They are similar to an extortion letter Express Scripts received in early October threatening to expose personal data about "millions" of patients covered...
  • Virginia Sees Opening of Pro-Life Pharmacy Eschewing Abortion, Birth Control

    10/22/2008 2:25:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 562+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/21/2008 | Steven Erelt
    Chantilly, VA ( -- Just as a network of thousands of pregnancy centers that provide women with non-abortion pregnancy help counters the hundreds of abortion businesses, a new pro-life pharmacy that eschews abortion and birth control could be the start of new pharmacies that provide safe havens.Those safe havens would protect pharmacists from being forced to dispense abortion drugs or birth control and allow customers to know they are supporting a pro-life option to companies that violate the consciences of medical professionals.Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy opened today in Chantilly, Virginia with a blessing of the building by the Most Reverend...
  • Va. pharmacy caters to pro-life customers

    10/21/2008 10:26:20 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 14 replies · 542+ views
    Va. pharmacy caters to pro-life customers Will stock no birth control Julia Duin (Contact) Tuesday, October 21, 2008 When Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy opens Tuesday in a Chantilly shopping center, it will have on display a picture of St. John Leonardi, the 16th-century patron saint of pharmacists. But there will be no birth-control pills, condoms, cigarettes or pornographic magazines. There will, however, be booklets on natural family planning. DMC Pharmacy is one of the country's few "pro-life pharmacies" that refuse to dispense contraceptives on moral and health grounds, arguing that they cause abortions, lead to promiscuity or endanger a woman's...
  • Mother is denied pill by Muslim pharmacist

    10/05/2008 12:12:12 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 177 replies · 2,414+ views ^ | 03 Oct 2008 | Paul Stokes
    A woman was refused the "morning-after pill" by a supermarket's duty pharmacist because it was against his religious beliefs. Ruth Johnson, 33, who has two children, including a month-old baby, had not been using her usual method of contraception with her fiancée. She went to the Tesco dispensary in Hewitts Circus, Cleethorpes, Lincs, and asked an as assistant for the pill Levanelle. Miss Johnson was told it could only be dispensed by the locum pharmacist who was called to speak with her. She said: "He came out from behind a screen and told me that he would not be allowing...
  • Pro-life pharmacy owner explains his no-contraception policy

    09/16/2008 1:56:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 256+ views
    CNA ^ | September 16, 2008
    Mike Koelzer Grand Rapids, Sep 16, 2008 / 12:24 am (CNA).- Citing ethical objections and the potential of some contraceptive drugs to cause abortions, some pharmacies in the United States have decided not to carry contraceptives. One such store is Kay Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, owned by Mike Koelzer, who explained his decision not to carry contraceptives in an e-mail interview with CNA. Koelzer explained that he stopped supplying birth control pills because, as is written on the drugs’ packaging inserts, such pills decrease the lining of the mother’s uterus. This makes the womb less hospitable for a...