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

West Virginia police investigate body found near Appalachian Trail

first_imgWest Virginia police investigate body found near Appalachian Trail Police are now attempting to identify the body and ask that anyone with information contact Trooper First Class M.C. Morgan or Sergeant Chumley at 304-725-9779 or 304-725-9770. On Tuesday, West Virginia state police recovered human remains found near the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry. Police were alerted after employees with a tree trimming service discovered a human skull. Clothing, including a blue “Montgomery Ward” dress shirt, red jacket with a stripe across the chest, white size 10 Puma shoes and a necklace with an image of “Saint Mary”, were recovered from the body. If social distancing is keeping you indoors, explore remote places virtually with Google Trekker Pandas finally mate after zoo closes to public during COVID-19 pandemic “The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination” Michael Boos, executive director in zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park, where the pandas live, said in a statement. Hiking trails too crowded during this time of social distancing? Take a virtual hike from the safety of your own home with Google Trekker. Using Google Maps video technology, Google Trekker allows you to explore popular recreation spots such as Black Mountain Crest Trail and Chimney Rock State Park. There are two pandas in Hong Kong that apparently prefer social isolation. Ying Ying and Le Le, two 14-year-old pandas at a zoo in Hong Kong, have been attempting to mate since 2010. On Monday, an attempt was finally successful. The zoo where the pandas live has been closed since January due to the coronavirus, though there’s no word if their newfound privacy played a role in their mating success. The project is a collaboration between The Conservation Fund and Google Street View Trekker. “We are using technology for good,” The Conservation Fund says on their website, “to give virtual access to a few of the special places we have worked hard to protect for their natural, historical and human values.”last_img read more

24 Hours with Long Island Food Not Bombs [Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Food Not Bombs, one of the largest food distribution services on the Island, distributed more than 50,000 pounds of food in one hour during a “food share” in Hempstead last month. The Nov. 24 food share, just four days before Thanksgiving, attracted more than 2,500 needy Long Islanders who were able to pick up a week’s worth of groceries and enjoy hot vegan meals for Thanksgiving. An estimated 2 million pounds of food has already been distributed to low income residents this year alone. Check out the video from the Nov. 24 food share: 24hrs with Long Island Food Not Bombs from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.last_img read more

Top Gun: Maverick Trailer Released

first_imgMaverick (Tom Cruise) is making his return to the big screen.The trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” was released yesterday and will follow-up the 1986 movie, with Tom Cruise playing Maverick. The sequel takes place 30-years later and hosts a new cohort of U.S. Navy fighter pilots to be trained by the incomparable Maverick.The trailer foreshadows advanced aviation, turbulence among the new group and even a military funeral.One of the new characters played by Miles Teller is reported by USA Today to be the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, played by Anthony Edwards in the original film.Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released summer 2020.last_img read more

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.Sophia McGee, an 8-year-old of Fort Worth, Texas, was also injured. According to another media report, there were eight people injured in the accident.For larger version of the pictures above, click here.Follow us on Twitter. 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 (8) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +13 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 272 weeks ago God, please watch over these victims and rescue crews! Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Wondering · 272 weeks ago Was it 160 or on the turnpike? Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago 160 turnpike entrance Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Monty Schmitz · 272 weeks ago This entrance is a very dangerous whether vehicles are entering or leaving the turnpike. I have experienced drivers turning into or leaving make extreme moves that may cause accidents like this one. I believe the engineering of this intersection was very poor. Also, that they should re-engineer to make it safer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago I agree Monty…just wondering why they haven’t lowered the speed limit to about 45 in that area….this is a horrible area….and it would save lives…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KSU Mom · 272 weeks ago What about an update about the Gaither family?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 272 weeks ago I live just east of the entrance. Many drivers seem to not realize that not all traffic on US 160 is headed to the turnpike. I cannot say how many times drivers have turned right in front of me as I was heading west, seemingly expecting me to turn north onto the turnpike. As much as I don’t like them, what is needed is a roundabout. They DO work to lower speeds and increase safety at intersections. Lowering the speed limit won’t work, in my opinion; it will be universally ignored. I’m not holding my breath on ANY action being taken, though. Report Reply 1 reply · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Steven T · 271 weeks ago I don’t get it – can you please explain? I looked on Google Earth, and to me – I live out West where roads are hilly, curvy, and visibility is limited – this looks like the safest, most visible, totally obvious intersection one could imagine. It is only 2.5 miles from town. Why would any vehicle intending to enter the turnpike from the eastbound lane be going more than 30-35 mph, and then slow to almost stopping to check oncoming traffic before turning left? And how in the name of goodness could anyone who has a driver license and is 40+ years old possibly make a left onto the turnpike right in the path of a westbound vehicle? Can you not see westbound traffic coming a mile (literally??) away from the eastbound left turn lane, and see clearly that such a vehicle is moving fast and not veering right towards the turnpike entrance? Is it just me, or is this “accident” being taken for granted way too easily and blamed on the road without question, when obviously, unless there is some hidden info I am missing, obviously the driver of the Subaru was not paying attention at all and did something overtly negligent and deadly for no more reason than – what? What would possibly be the reason to make such a left turn without first scanning the oncoming lanes?? Left turns cross traffic lanes – That is the first rule of driving!! Why is this driver a “victim” and not the “perpetrator” or at least the “cause” of this event?? “Accident” is a word that should be reserved for situations that are very difficult to avoid, or which are caused by random events converging. This was no accident – it was the result of a driver who was either not looking at all when crossing highway traffic, or who looked and chose to be in a hurry rather than be safe. If we as a society stopped making excuses for inexcusable driving decisions, and started holding people accountable for the easily avoidable damage they cause, maybe drivers would wake up, take precautions, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so careless about their behavior behind the wheel. If I fire a rifle into the sky, thoughtless of the danger of a stray bullet, and the bullet falls a mile away and kills someone, I would get charged with a homicide, manslaughter, even though the probability of such a thing is negligible. Apparently, driving a car into that same person because I was too hurried to bother checking the roadway before turning into traffic is somehow acceptable…Why?? Monty – you describe the things you see drivers doing as “extreme,” and yet you propose that the road be re-engineered. It is a flat, straight road! Don’t you think that perhaps it is our driving habits and laws – and consequences for violations – that need to be re-engineered?? Someone making an “extreme” move in this place should lose their license, at least. Such a person has no regard for human life, and is so self-centered or ignorant of the dangers so as to (at least) question their continued privilege of operating a piece of heavy equipment in public. 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