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Archive for June, 2009

Man may have passed out behind wheel before accident

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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A four-vehicle crash on Market Street near Cardinal Drive left one man dead and several others injured on Monday afternoon. It is possible that the man killed in the accident may have passed out behind the wheel.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a southbound 1998 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Moses P. Wheeler, Jr., age 68, of Atlantic Beach, NC, drove into oncoming lanes and sideswiped a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe before crashing head-on into a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. A Nissan Pathfinder then struck the Trailblazer from the rear.

The driver of the Jeep, Mr. Wheeler, was killed. His passenger, Helen I. Cutler, age 62, of Wilmington, was transported to NHRMC where she is listed in serious condition.

It is possible Mr. Wheeler was suffering from a medical condition prior to the crash. A witness said that he appeared to have passed out. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Each of the three other vehicles was driver-occupied (no passengers). Others involved:

James L. Rose, age 35, driver of the Trailblazer, is in serious condition at NHRMC.

Krissy S. Horrell, age 31, driver of the Pathfinder was treated at Cape Fear and released.

Mary P. McClammy, age 78, of Wilmington, driver of the Tahoe, was treated at Cape Fear and released.

Northbound Market Street was closed from Eastwood Road to Cardinal Drive for several hours on Monday to clear the wreckage.

WPD used the SABLE helicopter for aerial photos to aid in reconstructing the collision. Other agencies also assisted. The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to assist with rerouting traffic.

New Hanover Health Network dispatched three ambulances. Occupants of the Jeep, the deceased and his passenger, were trapped and had to be extricated by Wilmington Fire and Rescue.

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A four-vehicle crash on Market Street near Cardinal Drive left one man dead and several others injured on Monday afternoon. It is possible that the man killed in the accident may have passed out behind the wheel.

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Saving money on prescription medication

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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Marino on Money: June 30

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Today, Ross Marino explains how to settle the estate after a death in the family.

Settling an estate can be complicated, and you should always seek legal council. It’s not uncommon for estates to take one year to settle. The first step is to take a deep breath, and realize this may take a long time. Be prepared mentally for a lot of work, and some cases, a lot of expenses.

Next, start rounding up key documents. Look for financial accounts, bills, debts, insurance policies, legal documents, etc. Check bank statements for bills, which are being automatically drafted. Remember, some bills are paid quarterly or annually.

Determine who the executor or executrix is, and find out if there are wills, trusts, or any other legal documents. Once again, you need to contact an attorney for legal advice. I am just mentioning some areas that are frequently addressed when settling an estate.

There will be a final tax return that needs to be filed. Even after someone is deceased, they may still receive income or gains from investments. Be sure to work with a tax adviser who understands this process.

You will need to order plenty of death certificates. Depending on your situation, you may need 10-20. Waiting for a death certificate can slow down the process, so please don’t be stingy. There is a small fee to acquire death certificates, but I would rather have a few extra at the end of the process than run out and need to reorder.

Once you started gathering documents, and you have contacted your legal and tax advisers, you can start making phone calls. I’ll discuss that tomorrow.

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New Hanover health center gets nearly $500,000

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

The New Hanover Community Health Center is one of 27 community health centers in North Carolina to receive funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Congress approved earlier this year.

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Last tree still standing, but with no one in it

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Since last Wednesday, Charlie Joyce Jr. has been sitting in an oak tree intermittently, in an attempt to save it from the chainsaws. On Tuesday, nearly a week later, the branches were bare. Joyce climbed down to go to work, but not before airport officials filed a lawsuit.

It was a sight we haven’t seen in nearly a week; the tree, but no Charlie.

“He came down because it was the best decision to do, in the best interest of both parties,” said Alex Joyce, Charlie’s brother.

But that doesn’t mean the tree will stay empty. When asked if he was going back up, Charlie Jr. said, “If necessary.”

Airport officials have filed for an injunction against the family for interfering with the removal of the oak.

It would subject them to being arrested and held in contempt for violation.

Other properties only had their trees trimmed. Eminent domain gives the government power to obtain private property for a public purpose, this purpose being the safety of airport passengers.

Joyce family attorney Michael Davenport says Charlie Joyce Sr. could have fought it like his neighbors. “They all were given the same impression by the county airport authority, ‘one way or another we’re taking your trees’. Some said ‘okay here you go’ just like Mr. Joyce did, others said ‘over my dead body’ and they’re waiting for condemnation papers, that it’s my understanding will never come because condemnation was never going to be an issue in this case.”

The Joyce family says once they realized what they had signed, they tried to stop it but it was too late.

And that’s when Charlie started up the ladder.

Charlie Joyce Jr. spent nearly a week camped out in the last remaining giant oak tree. Today he had to climb down for a very important reason, his internship.

Now there’s talk of Charlie Joyce Sr. climbing the tree.

Airport officials say they are required by F.A.A. to remove the tree by the end of September, but for safety reasons they don’t plan on removing it as long as someone’s up in its branches.

We’re told the tree crews have this week off and aren’t scheduled to return to work on Monday. If no one interferes, they’ll likely cut the tree down next week.

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Since last Wednesday, Charlie Joyce Jr. has been sitting in an oak tree intermittently, in an attempt to save it from the chainsaws. On Tuesday, nearly a week later, the branches were bare. Joyce climbed down to go to work, but not before airport officials filed a lawsuit.

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