May 19, 2010 |
Philadelphia doctor Ronald S. Brown was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for giving thousands of people illegal prescriptions for painkillers and tranquilizers in 2008 and 2009. At times, the supposed patients were lined up on the sidewalk outside his Germantown home, from which he illegally prescribed nearly 50,000 doses of OxyContin, Percocet and Xanax, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela Foa. It was the second time Brown, 60, was sentenced for illegally distributing medical drugs.
January 10, 2010 |
It's the most eagerly awaited tablet since Moses. As with the tablets handed down from on high, no one knows what's on it. Or even what it is. They know only that it's coming. Loud is the hype surrounding what's popularly called the "Apple tablet. " Many observers, including Ken Doctor, news-industry analyst for Outsell Inc., expects it to be "a 10-inch tablet with features like an iPhone, big enough so I can actually read easily. " Bloggers and media snoops claim it will, in unprecedented, cosmos-rocking ways, combine popular applications (Web?
August 19, 2004 |
Susan Perloff lives and writes in Philadelphia At the time of her suicide five years ago, my mother had taken her seventh Paxil tablet. Until that moment, no one knew she was suicidal. Even the doctor who wrote the prescription was surprised she took her life. She died on a Friday in August, at home, alone, with every detail perfectly planned. She arranged for her husband to eat lunch with a colleague, strongly suggesting a particular restaurant some distance from home. So she had plenty of time.
August 6, 2002 |
State officials outlined yesterday how they will distribute free potassium iodide pills to one million people who live or work near nuclear power plants to protect them from thyroid cancer in the event that radiation is released. Beginning Aug. 15, about 964,000 residents and workers within 10 miles of the nuclear plants - the Limerick plant in Montgomery County and four other plants in the state - will be able to pick up the free tablets for six days at several locations, said state Health Secretary Robert Zimmerman.
July 22, 2002 |
The people known as Sumerians are credited with starting the first civilization and building the first settlements worthy of being called cities. They also invented writing, and then they wrote and wrote and wrote, filling millions of tablets with their intricate, detailed characters. They left behind everything from religious texts to poetry to receipts, much of which remains preserved 5,000 years later. Understanding the symbols they etched in clay is another matter. The oldest language known left no descendants.
June 15, 2002 |
The Drug Enforcement Administration is expanding its operations in the Netherlands to curb that country's exports of the fashionable but illegal drug ecstasy, Director Asa Hutchinson said yesterday. At the same time, the DEA is reducing its presence in Thailand, whose role in world heroin traffic is declining, Hutchinson said. Both moves are part of the DEA chief's efforts to do more with less as Washington focuses its attention on the war on terrorism and away from its long-standing war on drugs.
April 3, 2002 |
It would be called Freedom's Place. Not only would there be the Ten Commandments, but the Declaration of Independence, Penn's Charter, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, too: A patchwork of history surrounding the controversial bronze plaque of the Ten Commandments that hangs on the Chester County courthouse wall in West Chester and is at the center of a federal lawsuit. That was the plan advanced yesterday by the county commissioners. But would making the commandments part of a larger tableau change the meaning of the plaque, whose display a U.S. District Court judge ruled in March is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of church and state?
March 30, 2002 |
An Upper Darby pharmacist was arrested yesterday and accused of making $900,000 by illegally selling more than 75,000 tablets of OxyContin and 200,000 tablets of other narcotic painkillers between 1998 and last October. Federal prosecutors say Antonio J. Caniglia continued selling highly addictive and potentially deadly painkillers even after his business, the Highland Park Pharmacy at 23 Park Ave., was raided by federal and Delaware County law-enforcement officials in June. Investigators said the case was unusual because, unlike others involving area pharmacists and doctors in recent years, this one did not involve fraudulent prescriptions.
December 20, 2001 |
Federal authorities said yesterday they had shut down a drug ring that used a busy Allentown office park as the crossroads in a scheme to move one million doses of ecstasy from the Netherlands to Miami. In what U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan described as the region's largest drug-smuggling case, five men have been indicted on charges of transporting $20 million worth of the hallucinogenic drug using mail carriers such as Federal Express and UPS between April and November. Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have recovered 500,000 of the tablets, Meehan said.
September 7, 1998 |
The phenomenal success of Viagra for men has sparked some sexual envy among women. Many say their sex life isn't what it used to be and they want help, too. Some are even experimenting with Viagra, although the drug isn't approved for use by women. While the little blue pills may spectacularly enhance erections, they do little to remedy the lack of desire that is women's chief sexual complaint. But there's no need for hand-me-down drugs, experts say. Women already have a powerful tool to fuel sexual desire, and it has been on pharmacy shelves for years.