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Archive for November, 2011

Wilmington bank tops list of Small Business Administration lenders

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Live Oak Bank lends to veterinarians, dents and pharmacists.

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ONLY ON 3: ADHD patients struggling to fill Adderall prescription

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many people with ADHD are having a hard time getting their prescription for Adderall filled.

For about a month now, pharmacies have had very little to no supply of the drug. Some patients are turning to desperate measures to get a hold of the pills.

Pharmacies across the country are experiencing a shortage of Adderall.

“There is a problem,” said Hal King, owner of King’s pharmacy in Wilmington.

King says patients prescribed the immediate-release version of the drug have been frantically trying to get a hold of the pills.

“A lot of people are just not on their game,” King said. “Sometimes they have to gather their thoughts.”

King says he gets about 30 to 50 calls every day and says it has gone on for about a month.

“I didn’t realize that their were so many people taking this product to have a normal life, and it’s just been amazing,” King said.

Unlike many pharmacies in Wilmington, King’s gets a shipment of about four bottles of Adderall a week, which King says is no where near enough.

“Some pharmacies, like CVS for example, will find out that we have some, and they’ve sent all of their patients over to us, so we’ve just had a deluge of people come to us and try to get this product,” he said.

Jacob Schnexnayder does not use the drug, but says many of his friends that do have been suffering.

“It’s hard. People can’t function like they normally do, so they’ve got to find another way to get it,” Schnexnayder said.

He says because they can’t obtain the pills legally, they sometimes have to get the drug off the streets.

“If they get caught doing that, they could be arrested, because it is technically illegal, but nobody has any, so what are they going to do,” Schnexnayder said.

King says he believes the problem is most likely due to a shortage in raw materials and the increased demand of the drug.

King says he has started to advise patients to have doctors prescribe them Ritalin or the extended release capsules to help them with their ADHD.

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Online magazine says Wilmingtonians are broke

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — Never mind our high credit scores, miles of sandy white beaches and high ranking as a business and outdoor destination; according to one recent survey Wilmington is just plain broke.

The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website backed by Newsweek magazine, recently ranked Wilmington No. 17 on its list of “America’s Brokest Cities.”

Citing an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent, median household income of $44,825, average personal debt of $24,716, and an average credit score of 745, Wilmington fares slightly better than Detroit — ranked No. 18.

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Doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson death

Monday, November 7th, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A jury ruled that Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

A judge says Murray will be held without bail until he is sentenced later this month.

A seven-man, five-woman jury convicted Murray of being substantially responsible for Jackson’s June 2009 death on Monday after less than nine hours of deliberations. He was handcuffed in the courtroom.

The Houston-based cardiologist faces a possible sentence of probation to four years behind bars. He will also lose his medical license.

Prosecutors depicted Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.

Attorneys for the cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.

Murray agreed to become Jackson’s personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.

Murray did not testify during the trial but previously acknowledged to police that he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives on the morning the singer died.

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ONLY ON 3 & THE LNR: Leland leaders set for big pay hike

Monday, November 7th, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Voters in Leland will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new mayor and two new members of town council. When those three people take office, the town’s elected leaders will be getting a significant pay raise.

Our news partners at the Local News Review uncovered something interesting about Leland’s budget. The money Town Council spends on itself this budget year is up 71-percent from the last fiscal year.

Back in March, Councilwoman Pat Batleman sent an e-mail to Mayor Walter Futch and her fellow council members proposing a raise in compensation.

“Based on the research done on comparable compensation in municipalities both smaller and the same size as the population of Leland, I would like to propose we consider an increase,” Batleman wrote in the e-mail.

We called Batleman to ask some questions about the increase, but she refused to comment on camera. She did say, however, that she and Councilwoman Martha Currie would not receive the increase as it is only applicable to members voted in in 2011 or later. But Town Manager Bill Farris told us differently.

“Whenever there’s a new council, then they will all receive the same salary,” Farris said.

Council members agreed to an increase and submitted a budget with a 92-percent increase from last year. In July they approved a 71-percent jump for the council budget up from $56,700 to $97,005.

Previously, the town paid the mayor $200 a month while council members received $150. Now, likely-Mayor Brenda Bozeman will make $758 a month, while council members will get $520.

Farris said the job of a council member is time-consuming because of their involvement in the community and various workshops and boards.

“Being a council member at this point in Leland’s life is somewhat more complicated maybe than it was several years ago,” Farris said.

Mayor Futch nor council members Herbert Barnes or Currie returned our phone calls.

Bozeman was busy with personal matters, but said she’d have to take a closer look at the budget before commenting.

You can get more details on the budget hikes and how they came to be in next week’s edition of the Local News Review.

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