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Blood Money and Purdue PharmaMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - In August, a national law enforcement agency advised me that William T. Winsley, Chairperson of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) had accepted a $1 million check from Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContiin. The article I wrote about the NABP taking funds from a criminally convicted pharmaceutical company is shown here: http://www.salem-news.com/
Mr. Winsley was also the Executive Director of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. An ethical inside source from Ohio encouraged me to write about what was considered accepting "blood money" from the company responsible for the epidemic of death and addiction in Ohio and every state as well as Canada -- Purdue Pharma. In particular I was told that William T. Winsley, MS, RPh was on "thin ice" with the governor of Ohio in his position on the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
NABP contracted with Appriss, Inc, to develop and host the Prescription Monitoring Plan (PMP) Interconnect, and the Association convened a meeting on January 5-6, 2011, with PMP administrators to discuss details as to how the "secure" system would work.
So Winsley took the $1,000,000 check from Purdue Pharma -- the same company convicted of misleading physicians and patients about the addictive and abusive qualities of their drug, OxyContin. The same company responsible for the epidemic of prescription drug deaths, addictions and abuse in every state in the country, as well as Canada.
The same company that pleaded guilty to their lies and are convicted felons -- and the NABP contracts with Appriss, Inc. a "corporate member" of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) - funded by Purdue Pharma. In my article in August, I speculated that NADDI would track the prescription drug problem in Ohio as a partner with Appriss with "input" from Purdue Pharma. Any "input" coming from the company responsible for Ohio's drug problem is a conflict of interest and impacts the lives of every resident of the state.
The day after my article was published in August, Winsley resigned as Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy effective December 31, 2011. Here is what was posted recently on the Board website:
Time for a Change – Personal Note From Bill Winsley
The Board has selected Kyle Parker, currently the Board’s licensing administrator, as my replacement. I hope everyone will give him the same support and encouragement that they have given me.
The people of Ohio are definitely ready "for a change" and fortunately the change will not be the person being groomed to succeed Winsley -- one Danna Droz, R.Ph., attorney, Program Administrator of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program of the Ohio State Pharmacy Board.
In 2001, Ms. Droz served on a 14-member advisory board assembled by Purdue Pharma for the Kentucky Cabinet of Health Services. Kentucky was seeking solutions in dealing with the OxyContin problems in their state. Ms. Droz was among other current and former public officials working in some capacity with Purdue Pharma in Kentucky. Since Droz was serving on a national advisory board funded by the manufacturer of the pain reliever OxyContin, an Executive Ethics Commission inquiry on Droz having a conflict of interest with Purdue Pharma was initiated.
Two members (Winsley and Droz) in high ranking positions on the Ohio Board of Pharmacy with ties to the criminally convicted pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma responsible for Ohio's OxyContin epidemic is not good for the residents of Ohio. One has been exposed and, therefore, "retired" -- the other fortunately is not slotted for the Executive Director position any longer.
Hopefully Kyle Parker and others on the Board are not tied to Purdue Pharma. Ohio's residents dying and addicted to OxyContin deserve better. I will be following any Board alliances to Purdue Pharma closely in 2012.
The kitchen may have become too hot for Winsley and Droz, but the residents of Ohio need to have their OxyContin epidemic fought by ethical parties (their lives depend on it) -- not those with ties to Purdue Pharma fanning the fire of death, addiction and abuse in order to reap financial gain in the sale of their dangerous drug.
LP - The love, peace and belief we share was given to us from heaven -- we had it yesterday, we have it today and we will have it tomorrow. Remembering to give thanks for it -- always.
"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life." Sir Winston Churchill
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