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Archive for June, 2009

Pender County Web site offers news updates

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Pender County | Pender County planned to launch a new Web site Wednesday at pendercountync.gov.The Web site has undergone a makeover, with a design that features news items and notices on the home page posted by county staffers to keep the public informed.

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Pandora’s Box found to be violating city ordinance

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Another Wilmington adult novelty store may have to close.

The city zoning board just wrapped up a hearing to determine the fate of Pandora’s Box in Wilmington.

The city cited the business for being in violation of zoning ordinances, despite the fact Pandora’s Box has been licensed and operating on Oleander Drive for years.

The focus of Tuesday’s hearing seemed to be the amount of retail space the store is using to sell adult materials like novelties and DVD’s.

A source tells us the board voted 5-0 that Pandora’s is in violation of zoning ordinances.

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The city zoning board just wrapped up a hearing to determine the fate of Pandora’s Box in Wilmington.

The city cited the business for being in violation of zoning ordinances, despite the fact Pandora’s Box has been licensed and operating on Oleander Drive for years.

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Saving money on prescription medications

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Few things are as in style right now as saving money.

You probably already figured out some ways to save on things like groceries and eating out, but what about ways to save money on prescription drugs?

Jennifer Askew is the manager of the Outpatient Pharmacy Services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was on-air to share some tips and resources.

KEEP AN UPDATED MEDICATION HISTORY & USE IT
• Before you make a trip to the drug store or the doctor, take stock of what you
already have at home.
• Take a list of all medications or the medicines themselves (even non-prescription
items, herbs, and supplements) to every doctor’s appointment.
• Keep a list of all medications in your purse or wallet in case of emergency.

USE GENERICS
• The generics have the exact same active ingredients
• The may be a different the color, taste, shape, or texture.
• Generic medicines are also cheaper than name brand meds, usually between 30%
and 60% cheaper.
• There are name brands of other-the-counter drugs, too. Try buying the “store
brand” instead of the “name brand”. Your pharmacist can assist you in finding
these items, if needed.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
• If you’re not familiar with how much a drug costs, ask your doctor for an estimate.
This way, you won’t be surprised at the pharmacy counter.
• Let your doctor know if you have concerned about finances during your
appointment. Often, there are medications that are less expensive, but just as
effective or may have a generic available.
• Encourage your doctor to call your pharmacy and speak with your pharmacist for
assistance in selection medications for you

TALK TO YOUR PHARMACIST
• Ask your pharmacist to suggest a less costly alternative that you may be able to
inquire about at your next doctor’s visit.
• Your pharmacist can assist you in finding the most cost-effective over-the-counter
products, if you ask for assistance.
• Take a list of all medications or the medicines themselves (even non-prescription
items, herbs, and supplements) to your pharmacy and review them with your
pharmacist.

KNOW YOUR INSURANCE OR MEDICARE PART D PLAN
• Many insurance plans offer a printable “formulary”, a list of common medications
and what they will cost.
• If available, take a copy of your insurance or Medicare Part D formulary with you
to doctor’s appointments.

USE FLEXIBLE SPENING ACCOUNTS FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
• Many companies offer flex spending accounts for medical costs.
• In the beginning of the year, you decide how much money you think you’re going
to spend on healthcare bills
• The advantage to using a flexible spending account is that the money is stashed
away pre-tax.
• Throughout the year, you submit medical and prescription bills and your company
reimburses you with the money you’ve set aside.

STORE MEDICATIONS PROPERLY
• Not in the bathroom (due to heat/humidity)
• Store them in a hall closet or in the kitchen.
• Store medications in their original containers. Some medicines are very sensitive
to light; removing them from their original amber-colored containers can let light
in, making them expire quicker. Plus, dosage directions are on the original
packaging.
• Avoid mixing multiple different medications in the same container, unless using a
weekly pill box.

SHOP AROUND
• Call around to find the best price. If you do not have insurance, the price of your
medication may vary, depending on which pharmacy you use.
• Many pharmacies have discount medication lists that can even be printed from the
Internet.

USE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
• Most programs are designed to help those that are uninsured
• If you qualify, pharmaceutical companies may provide medications at little-to-no
cost to you

PROGRAMS TO HELP THE UNDERINSURED AND THE UNINSURED

Websites:

NeedyMeds (www.needymeds.com)

American Pharmacists Association
(www.pharmacist.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=FAQs_and_resources_for_Lower_Cost_Medications)

ASHP/PSSC Patient Assistance Program (PAP) Resource Center
(www.ashp.org/Import/PracticeandPolicy/PracticeResourceCenters/PatientAssistancePrograms.aspx)

RxAssist Patient Assistance Center (http://www.rxassist.org)

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (http://www.pparx.org)

RxHope (http://www.rxhope.com)

Free Medicine Program (www.freemedicineprogram.com)

Prescription Discount Cards
• Together Rx Access (www.togetherrxaccess.com)
• Your Rx Card (www.yourrxcard.com)

Local Resources:
Cape Fear HealthNet (http://www.capefearhealthnet.org/)
Tileston Clinic (http://www.tilestonclinic.org)
New Hanover Regional Medical Center (http://www.nhhn.org)
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) (Address: 2222 South College
Road Phone: 910.798.6400)
New Hanover County Health Department (http://www.nhcgov.com)
New Hanover County Department of Social Services (http://www.nhcgov.com)
New Hanover Community Health Center (http://www.nhchc.net/)
Access III of the Lower Cape Fear (http://www.alcfnc.org)
Wilmington Health Access for Teens (http://www.whatswhat.org/)
Cape Fear Healthy Carolinians (http://www.capefearhealthycarolinians.org)

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Few things are as in style right now as saving money.

You probably already figured out some ways to save on things like groceries and eating out, but what about ways to save money on prescription drugs?

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Travel down according to AAA

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Thousands of people will be flocking to our coast for Independence Day, but AAA says travel is still not where it was a year ago.

AAA blames sagging finances and rising unemployment rate for fewer people choosing to go on vacation.

The word vacation has changed. For many who are choosing to take one, it’s all about value and staying close to home.

“A car ride somewhere we could go somewhere and get away, but yet be close at home and not have to spend a whole lot of money,” said Kathy Moran who is visiting from Greensboro.

The Fourth of July is typically the busiest time for road travel, and also the busiest time for our coast.

Connie Nelson at the visitor’s bureau says two major attractions, the Historic Downtown Riverfront and the local beaches, are keeping our local economy going.

“We are located within an hour or two hour, three hour drive from some real strong feeder markets so we are less than a tank of gas away,” she said.

AAA expects the number of Americans traveling more than 50 miles from home to dip two percent from last year and down ten percent when compared to the July 4th holiday in 2007.

Nelson says hotel stays are down as well. Instead of a week long vacation, some have been cutting down their stays to just three nights. She says many will wait for last minute deals from hotels hoping to fill rooms.

“There is also going to be a lot of last minute travel. A lot of people are making their decisions closer and closer to the last minute, trying to get those last minute deals and also watching the weather report.”

When it comes to air travel, AAA says they actually expect the industry to see an increase in bookings due to cheaper flights and a demand from those who put off that vacation last year.

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videoThousands of people will be flocking to our coast for Independence Day, but AAA says travel is still not where it was a year ago.

AAA blames sagging finances and rising unemployment rate for fewer people choosing to go on vacation.

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Fifteenth case of rabies confirmed in New Hanover County

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Lab results on Tuesday confirmed the 15th case of rabies for the year in New Hanover County.The latest raccoon was found near Forest Creek Circle off Hooker Road near the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus. Two other sick raccoons were found in that vicinity in March.

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