Vermont to Sue FDA Over Drug Reimportation

first_imgGovernor & Attorney General to Sue FDA Over Drug ReimportationMontpelier, Vt. — Governor Jim Douglas and Attorney General WilliamSorrell announced August 10 that Vermont will file suit against the Food andDrug Administration (FDA) in U.S. District Court over the issue ofimporting drugs from Canada. Vermont is the first state in the nation tosue the FDA for blocking a responsible reimportation proposal.Vermont had sought a waiver from the FDA authorizing a legal drugreimportation plan. The goal of the pilot project was to demonstrate howa plan could be safely implemented, and ultimately serve as a model forother states to implement similar programs.Douglas and Sorrell agreed the suit was necessary, saying the federalgovernment’s grounds for denying the waiver request are illegitimate.”Vermont presented a legal and responsible plan to import prescriptiondrugs,” Governor Douglas said. “The claims on which they’ve based thisdenial are, in our view, unsubstantiated and we have no choice but topursue any and all legal remedies available. We intend to file suitshortly against the FDA in federal court.””Vermont’s petition was carefully crafted and reasonable,” said Sorrell.”I am amazed that the FDA rejected it, but am looking forward to gettingthis in front of a federal judge.”In response to the FDA’s rejection letter, Administration SecretaryMichael Smith sent a strongly worded reply voicing the administration’sdispleasure at the decision, and informing the FDA that Vermont would befiling a lawsuit.”Your failure to promptly issue regulations to provide for the safeimportation of prescription drugs from Canada, in accordance with section1121 of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Actof 2003, has compromised the ability of any state to adequately addressthis important issue,” Smith said in the letter. “We are, therefore,forced to consider development of a reimportation program that conforms toour interpretation of the current laws, independent of your agency.”In addition, Governor Douglas said he would dispatch the Commissioner ofHealth, Dr. Paul Jarris; Commissioner of Human Resources, Cindy LaWare;and his Legal Counsel, Susanne Young, to review New Hampshire’s plan andpursue a multi-state strategy to assist individuals who want to purchasedrugs in Canada.Governor Douglas noted that reimportation is not a long-term solution andsaid he would continue to urge Congress to take immediate action to reformthe American pharmaceutical marketplace.”Congress should act immediately to legalize the reimportation of lowercost drugs from Canada, increase competition among brand namemanufacturers, speed the approval of generic drugs, preserve states’ability to pool their purchases and negotiate deep discounts withmanufacturers, protect state pharmaceutical programs that may be impactedby the new Medicare law, and review recent increases in the cost ofpharmaceuticals,” Douglas said. “The ultimate goal, of course, is to getthe best deal possible for Vermonters on their prescription drugs at localpharmacies here at home.”Attorney General Sorrell serves as the President of the NationalAssociation of Attorneys General. At that association’s recent annualmeeting, Sorrell announced his presidential initiative to study andrecommend actions in response to the high cost of prescription drugs inthe United States. In commenting on today’s developments, Sorrell stated:”This action by the FDA underscores that, unless we take aggressiveactions, we are going to continue to pay the highest prescription drugprices in the industrialized world.”last_img read more

England Rugby team could face fine for Haka face-off in semifinal

first_img Written By 10 months ago England thrash New Zealand 19-7 to enter Rugby World Cup finals SUBSCRIBE TO US England’s national Rugby team could be staring at a fine because of the V-shaped line they formed in relation to New Zealand’s pre-match Haka formation. The English team players formed a V shape while facing New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup semi-final match on October 26. The English team could face a fine after many of their players crossed the half-line, which is considered to be against the ‘cultural ritual protocol’. The decision will be taken by the World Rugby federation on October 28.England’s rugby team likely to face a banPhotos of England captain Owen Farrell standing at the center of the V, smirking at the opposition team while they were performing their cultural ritual has garnered a lot of attention on social media. According to reports, the match officials had asked players such as Billy Vunipola, Joe Marler and Ben Youngs to move back as they had crossed the half-line but refused to listen to the instructions.While speaking to a media outlet, Farell stated that everybody was aware that they had to stand behind the half-line of the pitch. All they wanted was to respond back to the All Blacks team in a respectful manner.Read: Jimmy Neesham Upset Over New Zealand Loss To Eng In Rugby World CupA questionable stepThe questionable step by the English team is said to be the idea of England’s coach, Eddie Jones. After the match, Jones said that his team had earned another week in the tournament as their tactical discipline was great and the defense was rock solid. He also said that his team had grabbed the opportunity to attack during the match that resulted in a 19-7 victory over New Zealand.Read: England Thrash New Zealand 19-7 To Enter Rugby World Cup FinalsJones said that whenever one played against New Zealand, the opposition is never happy. He also said that even though New Zealand might be beaten in the match, but they are never really beaten and that is why the English team needed to go the extra mile. England’s coach also said that his team had come to the World Cup to become the best so that is where the team was headed. England will now face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on November 2 to be played at the International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.Read: South Africa Grinds Down Japan 26-3 To Reach The Rugby World Cup Semifinals Against WalesRead: Rugby World Cup: Chieka Steps Down As Australia Coach After Exit(With inputs from agencies) First Published: 30th October, 2019 00:13 IST LIVE TV 10 months ago Rugby World Cup: England beat Australia 40-16, reach the semifinals WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img Ruchit Rastogi 10 months ago Yaya Toure on Racism: England players should have walked off Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 00:13 IST England Rugby Team Could Face Fine For Haka Face-off In Semifinal England’s rugby team could be staring at a fine because of the V-shaped line they formed in response to New Zealand’s pre-match Haka formation in the semifinal FOLLOW US 10 months ago Chris Jordan wants England selectors to have ‘headaches’; here’s why WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Sri Lanka ‘safe’ to tour for England, according to Kumar Sangakkaralast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday

first_imgToday’s news*It is not too late to join us on our trip to Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales in June 2015!  If you are interested please see Mrs. Groom for information as soon as possible.  Trip price will go up Oct. 1.*Experience a day in the life of a Shocker! Don’t miss out on Wichita State University’s Junior and Senior Days this fall. At these events you will explore the different academic majors and student involvement opportunities WSU has to offer. Students will also have the opportunity to tour campus and Koch Arena, home of Shocker Basketball. If you are interested in attending, please visit the counseling webpage under Camps, Senior/Junior Days.*Any sophomores or juniors interested in taking the PSAT, please see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselor’s office by September 25.*Students enrolled in Agriculture classes may pay their FFA dues to Mrs. Chase.  Dues are set at $25.00 and need to be paid by Sept. 25. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Monday, September 15- Emporia StateThursday, September 18- Cloud County CCFriday, September 19- SouthwesternFriday, September 26- KUMonday, October 6- Newman UniversityMonday, October 6- WashburnTuesday, October 21- KANSAS STATEThursday, October 23- Butler CCCTuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays College.Follow us on Twitter. Monday’s lunch: Beef and bean burrito/sauce, romaine and tomato, Mexican corn, pears, tortilla chips/salsa.Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, tossed salad w/romaine, applesauces, hot roll/jelly. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014:Monday•JV  and 9th football at WHS vs. Goddard Eisenhower 5 p.m.•9th Volleyball at Belle Plaine at 5 p.m.Tuesday•JV Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.•Varsity Tennis at Conway Springs 3 p.m.•Varsity/JV Volleyball at Mulvane 5 p.m.Wednesday•KU Honors BanquetThursday•Varsity Tennis at Ark City 3 p.m.•Cross Country at Chaparral 4 p.m.•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.•JV Tennis at WHS 4 p.m.Friday• WHS football at Circle 7 p.m.Saturday•Varsity Tennis at Kingman 9 p.m.•Varsity Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.last_img read more

Ice Cream was an Invaluable Part of the American Arsenal

first_imgFor many, ice cream is a popular treat to enjoy, especially during the summer. However, what many might not realize is that this sweet treat may have helped the United States through some of its most turbulent times in history, such as the first few decades of the 20th century. During the early 20th century, times in America were tough due to the first world war, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. When Herbert Hoover was president during the Depression, he passed economic policies that either removed or rationed sugar, wheat, meat, and fat from food to help save money. Because of Prohibition, alcohol was also banned. Due to this, one of the main treats many enjoyed during this time was ice cream.Strawberry ice cream cone. Photo by TheCulinaryGeek CC BY 2.0As ice cream’s popularity grew, there were some problems that started to arise. The first was that refrigeration was still not widespread, which meant ice cream needed to be eaten immediately after it was made, otherwise it would melt. Domestic sugar production was also low and this prevented ice cream from being sweetened sometimes.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsDespite these setbacks, this simple dessert quickly became a cultural phenomenon, even during the rough war years. As such the Navy decided to invest $1 million in 1945 to restore an old concrete barge from the Army Transportation Corps into a floating ice cream factory.Sean Connery feigns shoving a vanilla ice cream cone in retired Lt. Col. Charles Russhon’s face during the production of “Thunderball”This factory, officially known as BRL (Barge, Refrigerated, Large), would develop 2,000 gallons of ice cream every seven minutes which would then be delivered to soldiers to help boost their spirits and make them feel as if they had a taste of home while they served in the Pacific Theater.When the BRL wasn’t available to certain soldiers due to their remote locations, pilots would work to make their own ice cream by attaching large buckets on their rear gunner compartment as they flew on their mission.View of an ice cream standThe buckets would eventually freeze due to the high altitude and churn themselves thanks to the turbulence. Once the mission was complete, the crew would then remove the buckets and scoop the fresh ice cream out. Even those who didn’t have access to planes or the barge would make their own ice cream by mixing snow and melted chocolate together.Ice cream became so popular with men fighting in the Pacific that many started to insist that it be sent to American soldiers around the world. In fact, a 1918 editorial in The Ice Cream Review, a magazine dedicated to the ice cream trade, lamented: “In this country every medical hospital uses ice cream as a food and doctors would not know how to do without it. But what of our wounded and sick boys in France?”Children in Chicago surround an ice cream vendor in 1909“Are they to lie in bed wishing for a dish of good old American ice cream? They are up to the present, for ice cream and ices are taboo in France. It clearly is the duty of the Surgeon General or some other officer to demand that a supply be forthcoming.”The National Dairy Products Corporation also tried to win over support in the U.S. for sending ice cream to soldiers by creating an advertisement that stated “Can you imagine a greater tonic to body and spirit than real ice cream served in steaming jungles or on hard-won beachheads?”President Kennedy enjoys an ice cream, 1963While the barge helped to produce these treats for soldiers, it wasn’t the most practical solution. For instance, it had no way of moving through the water due to there being no motor installed in it, making the boat a prime target for possible attackers. It also cost a bit of money to keep production running.Read another story from us: The Vicious Battle Between the Vatican and CatsEventually, as hostilities came to a close, so did the ice cream barge’s mission. It’s not fully known where the barge was transferred to afterwards, but it’s believed to have been sunk somewhere in the ocean. Despite this interesting piece of history being lost, it still remains a small token that shows America’s everlasting love for ice cream.last_img read more