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Wyeth Closure Will Cut 1200 Jobs in Clinton County

The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over the next three years. Officials in Clinton County say the plant closure removes one of the North Country's economic engines. As Brian Mann reports, the decision followed a sharp decline in the sales of premarin, a hormone therapy drug manufactured in Rousses Point.  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article

Doctor Busted in Prescription Drug Ring

State police arrested a Gouverneur doctor and her assistant Wednesday for allegedly providing prescriptions for drug addicts and dealers. Doctor Gail DeHart and her office manager Joan Kingdon operated a private practice from the doctor's home. Dr. DeHart had worked in the past at E.J. Noble Hospital and at a clinic in Edwards. The two face charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Officials say she billed the drugs to the taxpayer-funded Medicaid system. The state attorney general's office may press charges of fraud. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County acting District Attorney Gary Miles. He says Dr. DeHart was prescribing large amounts of painkillers, like Oxycontin and morphine, to dozens of patients.  Go to full article

Plante Scholarship Connects Generations of Doctors

The Adirondack Community Trust is accepting applications for the third round of the U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund. The Plante Fund was established in 2002 and gives out an annual $10,000 scholarship for a student attending medical school, who has lived in Clinton, Franklin, or St. Lawrence Counties for at least two years. Todd Moe talks with U.R. Plante's daughter, Annette Plante, who lives in Potsdam and ACT Executive Director Cali Brooks. Annette says the scholarship was established in honor of her father, who was born in 1891 at Mooers Forks and later moved to Tupper Lake. In 1915, he graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and established a medical practice in Massena.  Go to full article

Americans Look to Canada for Prescription Drugs, Raising Safety Questions

Because Canada's federal government regulates drug prices, name brand medications are far cheaper north of the border. The Bush Administration -- and the American drug industry -- have worked to block re-importation of prescription drugs. The Food and Drug Administration describes the practice as illegal and unsafe. Critics say drug companies just want to protect their profits. And with tens of thousands of Americans already buying their medications north of the border, the Federal government faces growing pressure to shift its policy. As Brian Mann reports, several states are already experimenting with pilot programs designed to make drug imports from Canada more reliable.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: A Medicine Walk in the Woods

Recent surveys show that more people use complementary and alternative medicine than ever before. Talk about acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal preparations fills popular magazines and television talk shows. For generations, the only medicines used by Mohawk healers came from their knowledge of the plants and animals they lived with. Varick Chittenden and Lamar Bliss spent a late afternoon exploring a woods near Akwesasne in Franklin county with one such healer.  Go to full article

Preventing Flu at School: To Close or Not

Yesterday, Colton-Pierrepont schools closed due to a large number of students reporting flu-like symptoms. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Guardino Elementary School in Clayton stayed open despite 15% of the student body being home sick. David Sommerstein got two opinions on whether closing school for a day helps stall spreading the flu.  Go to full article

Seniors Protest AARP Medicare Bill Support

Seniors, and some aging Baby Boomers, ripped up their AARP membership cards during a protest at the federal building in Albany Friday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Medicare Bill Helps Rural Hospitals

North Country Congressman John McHugh says he's supporting the Medicare bill in Congress largely because of extra money it gives to rural hospitals. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Eye Surgeon Charged With Contempt of Court

A Jefferson county doctor faces contempt of court charges for performing cataract surgeries after being ordered by a judge not to do so. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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