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Archive for March, 2012

ONLY ON 3: Specialized pharmacies see greater demand as supply of some drugs lag

Monday, March 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nationwide, there is a long list of prescription drugs that are in short supply. From certain cancer medications to painkillers, the supply of these drugs is dwindling.

The drug shortage is affecting some local doctors offices. That’s why they’ve contacted one Wilmington pharmacy for help.

Pharmacists at Medical Center Pharmacy on 16th Street are busier than usual. This is not your everyday pharmacy. It’s one of a select few in the state that can make medication.

“We keep a lot of pure chemicals or have access to purchase or be supplied with pure drug products so we can make it or customize it for this particular need,” pharmacy owner Henry Herring said.

Herring says in the past few months his pharmacy has created medicine for about a dozen different physician’s offices. Many of them have been searching for large quantities of pain medication.

“Fentanyl is used a lot in doctor’s offices for procedures. It’s not been available. We’ve been making that,” Herring said.

But making these medications means juggling regular duties as well as these requests.

“The products we’re having to supply are still products that require a little extra time and facilities, but we’ve been able to manage that so far,” Herring said.

There’s also a need for anti-seizure and cancer medication. Herring has not been able to fulfill those needs yet, but he hopes to have it available in the next few weeks, if the need is still there.

We spoke with Wilmington SurgCare, which confirmed its office is dealing with a drug shortage.

The FDA has recently taken steps to ease the cancer drug shortage. It is allowing substitute versions to be imported into the US.

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Brunswick authorities announce major heroin bust

Monday, March 12th, 2012

They found a handgun and 630 bindles of heroin in a woman’s purse, the office reported.

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Brunswick detectives seize $17k worth of heroin

Monday, March 12th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County detectives say they’ve taken thousands of dollars in heroin off the street.

Detectives arrested four people from South Carolina Thursday with an estimated $17,000 worth of heroin in their vehicle.

“Certainly getting this amount of heroin off the streets we hope will save lives, and we do feel confident that it will slow that trade down,” Sheriff John Ingram said.

Deputies arrested 23-year-old Terrance McFadden, 28-year-old Thomas Alexander Murphy, 22-year-old Dezirea Trappier and 21-year-old Latisha Green on the Bolivia Bypass off of Highway 17.

Officers say they found 630 bundles of heroin and a separate 10 gram bag in Green’s purse. They also say they found a handgun and bullets under the driver’s seat.

Ingram says there was extensive planning before finally arresting the four.

“Unfortunately we know that there will be somebody to step up to take their place and start a supply here, but at least we’ve been able to slow this down,” Ingram said.

All four suspects are charged with three counts of trafficking. They are in jail each $1 million bond.

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Officials say deadly shooting likely an accident

Monday, March 12th, 2012

While they emphasized that the investigation was not over, officials said they believe 35-year-old George Woods was handling his gun at a house on 9 Paradise Drive when it discharged.

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Third Street renovations won’t impede Azalea Festival parade

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The N.C. Azalea Festival Parade will march down Third Street despite the ongoing renovation project.

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