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Fighting for a Better Day in Drug Plagued Ohio

"The computer should be the smoking gun -- but there are a lot of ways to hide information on a computer -- and you need a well-trained person to unlock it." Robert Morgester

Ohio Governor Kasich
Governor Kasich photo courtesy: The Plain Dealer

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has taken a $1 million check from Purdue Pharma to participate in a prescription monitoring program. Is there a "smoking gun" involved here Ohio Governor Kasich?

In March 2011, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) announced that the prescription monitoring programs (PMP's) of North Dakota, Ohio and Virginia entered into agreements to participate in the PMP Interconnect™ system, currently under development. PMP Interconnect will allow PMPs across the United States to be linked, providing a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide.

William Winsley

"NABP thanks the North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia PMPs for being on the forefront of PMP Interconnect with their signing of memorandums of understanding," says NABP Chairperson William T. Winsley, MS, RPh.. "Participation of PMPs nationwide is a key component of successfully fighting the diversion and abuse of controlled substances. Creating a web of connected PMPs will enhance the benefits of these programs by providing the means for physicians and pharmacists to more easily identify patients with prescription drug problems, especially if that patient is crossing state lines to obtain those drugs." Winsley is also Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. Now here's where things get interesting -- very interesting. The NABP Foundation has received a $1 million grant from Purdue Pharma L.P. to support the deployment of the PMP Interconnect.

NABP has contracted Appriss, Inc, to develop and host 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 will work.

Let me see if I follow this $1,000,000 money trail.  Mr. Winsley takes the check from Purdue Pharma, the same company who lied about the dangers of OxyContin and unleashed death and addiction in the State of Ohio and throughout the U.S. in unprecedented destruction of human life. Mr. Winsley's NABP contracted Appriss, Inc, to develop and host this PMP Interconnect. Appriss, Inc. is a "corporate member" of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) - funded by Purdue Pharma. Want to bet that NADDI tracks the prescription drug problem in Ohio as a partner with Appriss? Want to bet that with "input" from Purdue Pharma as part of this fraternity of corporate members that the figures will be less than honest?  Think you have some explaining to do to Governor Kasich - Mr. Winsley? I sure think you do.

Then there is Danna Droz, R.Ph., J.D., 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.

Now fast forwarded to 2011, and after a conviction in Federal Court in 2007 for criminally marketing OxyContin -- Purdue Pharma, NADDI, Appriss, Inc, Winsley and Droz may need Governor Kasich to look into an ethics violation and a conflict of interest.

 The below is off the NADDI website --

Corporate Members - National Association of Drug Diversion Investigator (NADDI)


So what do you think Governor Kasich -- how many more smoking guns will Mr. Winsley take from Purdue Pharma -- as Ohio and 49 other states deal with the tsunami of OxyContin given to us by the criminally convicted pharmaceutical company?  Shame on you Mr. Winsley!
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___________________________________ Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's - Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim - who pleaded guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 8-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.

Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.

Marianne Skolek
National Activist for Victims of OxyContin and
Purdue Pharma - a criminally convicted pharmaceutical company
Staff Correspondent,

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