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Archive for March, 2012

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

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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Horror film Jessabelle’ sets local filming date, cast

Monday, March 12th, 2012

“Jessabelle” will begin shooting in the Wilmington area April 2, according to Hollywood trade magazines.

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Railroad work to close Oleander Drive section

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The road will be closed from Dawson Street to Mimosa Place from 9 a.m. Monday to 11 p.m. Thursday..

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NC agencies choose 3-year car emissions exemption

Monday, March 12th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Two North Carolina agencies say exempting late-model automobiles from emissions inspections could be done without creating steep obstacles to meet federal air quality requirements while keeping highway funds flowing from Washington.

The Division of Motor Vehicles and Division of Air Quality have completed a study mandated by this year’s state budget to examine the effects of exempting the three newest model-year vehicles from the emissions inspections or eliminating those inspections altogether. The emissions are currently required in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The report recommend the three-year exemption and said eliminating the program could result in the state losing $27 million annually and potentially 4,400 inspection stations going out of business.

The full General Assembly would have to approve any changes to the emissions inspections.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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New Hanover Co. plans telethon to help water customers

Monday, March 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County will hold a telethon later this month to help wipe the slate clean for hundreds of households without water service due to nonpayment and additional fees. The Help2Others campaign will feature a day long telethon at the New Hanover County Government Center on Saturday, March 24.

“This isn’t just an economic issue for those residents who have found themselves in this situation,” said County Commissioner and CFPUA Board member Rick Catlin. “It’s a public health issue when you consider the numbers of children and elderly who are suffering without running water.”

A committee of New Hanover County employees has been dedicated to developing a long-term solution for homes without running water since January. The telethon, to be carried live on the county’s cable access television channels, will feature musical acts and other family-oriented entertainment inside and outside the New Hanover County Government Center. The telethon will air from noon until 5 p.m. on Time Warner Cable channel 13 and Charter Cable channel 5.

The county says the telethon will focus on the public health issues surrounding the lack of water to the home.

Money raised through the telethon will go into an escrow account, which can only be tapped by County Commissioners. The funds will be disbursed through local nonprofit agencies to those who meet certain eligibility guidelines.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s latest figures show more than 300 households currently without service water and sewer service. County officials say with the large list of water and sewer infrastructure needs, that figure could continue to increase.

In addition to musical entertainment, visitors to the county government center during the telethon will be treated to children’s activities, displays and other goodies donated by local merchants.

To learn more about the problem or to make a tax deductible donation call (910) 798-7311 or visit www.givehelp2others.com.

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