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Family Asks for Indiana Residents to Share Flyer

16 Dec Teleka Patrick has been missing since dec. 5

The family of Dr. Teleka Patrick is asking anyone along the 80/94 corridor to share the attached flyer in their neighborhoods. Dr. Patrick went missing on December 5, 2013 and her 1997 Lexus ES300 was found on that date in Portage, IN just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. Anyone who saw the vehicle on that date should contact Indiana State Police immediately.  You can view our coverage of the incident here: Teleka Patrick Still Missing, Vigil Planned for Tonight

If you have a local business, please post this flyer in your window.

Teleka Missing Poster (1) (1)

Rx Drug Task Force launches toolkit

11 Nov

INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force today to launch a toolkit designed to help the state’s physicians navigate new rules for prescribing addictive pain medication. Zoeller made the announcement during the 4th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium in Indianapolis. Indiana’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force in partnership with the Indiana State Medical Association developed the toolkit titled, “First Do No Harm: The Indiana Healthcare Providers Guide to the Safe, Effective Management of Chronic Non-Terminal Pain.”This provider toolkit is based on expert opinion and recognized standards of care, with input from healthcare providers representing multiple specialties from all corners of the state,” Zoeller said. “It is our hope this new resource helps physicians understand and comply with the new prescribing rule recently adopted by the Medical Licensing Board. The new rule addresses the prescribing of pain medication for patients who have chronic, non-terminal pain in hopes of stemming the tides of addiction, doctor shopping and overprescribing.”

A recent study by Trust for America’s Health revealed the number of deaths caused by overdoses in Indiana has quadrupled since 1999This year, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation which charged the Medical Licensing Board with developing new rules regarding prescribing controlled substances and strengthening the authority of the Attorney General’s office to inspect physician records in overprescribing cases. The two emergency rules stem in part from recommendations made by the task force.
Zoeller said the prescribing rule, adopted last week, aims to ensure patients are well informed about their prescriptions and physicians closely monitor patients to identify cases of misuse and abuse. Beginning Dec. 15, physicians will be required to monitor certain patient’s history via the state’s drug monitoring system called INSPECT which reveals what medications have been prescribed to a patient. Zoeller said this check can prevent someone from “doctor shopping” or obtaining multiple prescriptions for the same drug from different physicians
“The toolkit was developed by a diverse group of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, academics and public health professionals from across the state,” McMahan said. “Our goal is to educate Indiana healthcare providers on why these state-of-the art recommendations for safe prescribing are important and how to easily implement them in everyday practice. To help with that effort, the toolkit provides resources, templates and even talking points for those difficult-to-start conversations with patients.Zoeller said the growing number of cases involving licensed health professionals caught diverting drugs, overprescribing or fraudulently writing prescriptions is one reason he created the Prescription Drug Abuse Taskforce in 2012. Zoeller chairs the task force which is made up of state legislators, law enforcement, health officials, pharmacists, state and local agencies and education providers.

Earlier this year, Zoeller and the task force launched a statewide public awareness campaign and a website, http://www.BitterPill.IN.gov, to serve as a one-stop-shop for consumers looking for information about prescription drug abuse and where to find help.

Military Discounts and Freebies for Veteran's Day 2013

11 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Most of these will require a military ID or a DD214 to receive the discount.  Not all of these businesses are in northwest Indiana but I wanted to thank them all.   This list is courtesy of http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/

Applebee’s – free meal, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.

Bar Louie America - Veterans DayBar Louie, Free meal on Nov. 10th and 11th, 2013.From open to close Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.

BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Complimentary lunch entree or a one topping mini pizza for dinner. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. More info.

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2013. Free All you can eat hotcakes. for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Locations.

California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Dine-in only. Find a location near you.

Carraba’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free appetizer of your choice for active duty servicemembers and veterans. Military ID or proof of service required.Locations.

Champps Americana Veterans Day MealChampps Americana, Nov. 11, 2013. Participating Champps locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers a free hamburger (7 to choose from) and waffle fries from open to close on Monday, November 11, 2013. Dine in only, valid at participating locations (call ahead to verify local participation). More infoFind a location near you.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal for active and former military members with ID or other valid proof of service. Find a location near you.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Monday, Nov. 11 2013. Free All-American Burger with fries with purchase of beverage and military ID or proof of service. Available to active military or veterans. Beverages and gratuity not included, dine-in only. Find a location near you.

Chilis Restaurant Free Veterans Day DinnerChili’s – free meal, Monday, Nov. 11 2013. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals during the dinner hour, or any lunch combo during lunch. Offer only available at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.Visit their website to find locations.

Denny’s Veterans Day Appreciation Event, Nov. 11, 2013. Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Offer available in every Denny’s nationwide. Locations.

Einstein Bros Bagels, Nov. 11, 2013. Free Classic or Signature Bagel and topping at participating locations. Valid between 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Available to all active duty members and veterans with ID or proof of service.  Locations.

Famous Daves Veterans Day CelebrationFamous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location, please check theFamous Dave’s Veterans Day page or call your local restaurant for more information.

Fox and Hound Bar and Grill Veterans Day OfferFox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Grille, Nov. 11, 2013. Free Sandwich or Entree (up to $13) for active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. Locations.

Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free breakfast and coffee during breakfast hours for active military and veterans with ID or discharge papers. Locations.

golden corral free veterans day mealGolden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 11, 2013:The 13th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday dinner will is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

HoneyBaked Stores, Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2013. Free lunch to current servicemembers and veterans with valid ID. Lunch includes sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink. Valid only at the St. Louis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque locations, Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.

Hooters Veterans Day - Free MealHooters – Free Meal, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Monday, Nov. 11, Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country. More information.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal form the American Values Menu, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Includes soup, salad, desert, and beverage. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required.Locations.

Hy-Vee Celebrates Veterans Day with Free BreakfastHy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of military service.

Krispy Kreme free doughnut for Veterans DayKrispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee, Nov. 11, 2013. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating (Locations).

Little Caesars Pizza Crazy BreadLittle Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2013. Little Caesars is honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces this Veterans Day by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation.

Lone Star Steakhouse Veterans DayLone Star Steakhouse, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. All veterans and active duty military will be eligible for a buy one get one free entrée. ID or proof of service required. Please call ahead for verification. (Locations)

Longhorn Steakhouse Veterans DayLongHorn Steakhouse, Monday, Nov. 11, – Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Visit their site to find a location near you.

Max & Erma's free Veterans Day MealMax & Erma’s, Monday, November 11, 2013.Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. More infoLocations.

McCormick and Schmicks Veterans Appreciation DayMcCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – free lunch or dinner, Sunday Nov 10, 2013: McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 15th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event on Sunday, November 10th. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Also, space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. For more information visit: M&S Veterans Appreciation Event.

Menchi’s, Nov. 11, 2013. All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day, See offerLocations.

O’Charley’s, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Free entree from the $9.99′er menu for all active military and veterans with proof of service. Find a location near you.

On the Border Veterans Day SpecialOn The Border, Mon. Nov. 11, 2013. Veterans ans current servicemembers will receive a free entree from the “Create Your Own Combo menu,” featuring more than 150 possible dinner combination. On the Border will also donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization (bring a copy of this flyer for the donation). Dine-in only, proof of service required. Find a location near you.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans DayOutback Steakhouse – Nov. 11, 2013. Outback Steakhouse is honoring America’s military veterans by offering active duty military and veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also receive 10% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2013.

Red Lobster Veterans DayRed Lobster – Monday, Nov. 11 – Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. Free Appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers. Find a location near you.

Red Ronbin Veterans DayRed Robin, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.

Ruby’s Diner, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast until 11:30am. Valid for all military service members past and present. Coupon required.

Shoney’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers. Dine-in only, Proof of Service required. More infoLocations.

Spaghetti Warehouse, Sunday Nov. 10 – Monday, Nov. 12, 2013. Buy one entrée, get one free, coupon required. Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal.

Sizzler Restaurant logoSizzler Restaurants, Nov. 12, 2013. Free lunch served until 4pm. Choice of 3 entrees. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only, not valid for salad bar, beverage, or gratuity. Locations.

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes, (Awaiting update – this is last year’s offer). Free meal with purchase of another regular priced meal. Available to current and former military members with valid ID. Available at all Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes locations. More info.

Texas Corral Veterans DayTexas Corral – Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty members and veterans with ID. Note: All Texas Corral locations also regularly offer a 50% discount to active duty police officers, firemen and military personnel dining in. Call ahead for participation. Locations.

Texas Land and Cattle Steak House, Nov. 11, 2013. Free appetizer for current servicemembers and veterans. ID or proof of service is required.Locations.

Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day MealTexas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2013, starting at 11am.Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for All veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military. ID Required. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify times and locations. Find locations.

T.G.I.-Fridays Veterans Day Free MealT.G.I. Friday’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free lunch for all current military members and veterans from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-on only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details. Locations.

The Olive Garden Veterans Day entreeThe Olive Garden, Free entrée, Nov. 11, 2013. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, on Monday, November 11th during regular business hours. Choose from a special menu; all entrées inlcude freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required. Additionally, all current military members and their families are eligible for a 10% discount during the month of November during Military Family Appreciation Month. Olive Garden and the USO to donate 15,000 storybooks to support United Through Reading’s Military Program during this promotion.Locations.

Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all active duty servicemembers and veterans. No purchase necessary. Proof of service required.

Tony Roma's Veterans Day Free MealTony Roma’s, Nov. 11, 2013. Free Entree, up to $15 for current and former military members with valid proof of service. Valid at select locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation. Details.

Twin Peaks Restaurants Veterans DayTwin Peaks, Nov. 11, 2013. Free meal for current and former servicemembers with proof of service or valid ID.Locations.

UNO's pizza Veterans DayUno Chicago Grill, Nov. 11, 2013. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.

Infant Acetamenophin Sold by Local Retailers Recalled

3 Nov

 

Walgreens, Kroger, Meijer and Babies R Us brands are among the listed batches of infant acetamenophin recalled today by manufacturer Perrigo.  The Kroger brand is sold locally at Food4Less stores.  While the product does not appear to be defective, the recall notice was issued because some packages may contain unmarked syringes.  The company warns that unmarked dosing syringes should not be used.  If you have a product that has dosage markings on the syringe, it is perfectly safe to use according to the release.  The complete list of brands and lot numbers is:

Label Batches
BABIES R US 3KK0606
CARE ONE 3HK0564
EQUALINE 3HK0672
EQUATE 3HK0672, 3JK0433, 3JK0594, 3JK0595, 3JK0653, 3JK0673, 3KK0815, 3KK0817
HARMON FACE VALUES 3JK0594
HEALTH MART 3HK0671
HEALTHY ACCENTS 3HK0671, 3KK0606
HEB 3KK0606
KROGER 3GK0645, 3GK0704, 3HK0671, 3JK0433, 3JK0595, 3JK0653, 3JK0433, 3JK0595, 3GK0645, 3GK0704, 3JK0595
LEADER DRUG 3JK0433, 3JK0594
MEIJER 3JK0594, 3JK0597
PUBLIX 3JK0595
RITE AID 3GK0704
TOPCARE 3KK0359, 3KK0494
UP & UP 3HK0672
WALGREEN 3GK0704, 3HK0564, 3HK0671, 3JK0433, 3JK0595, 3JK0610, 3KK0360

In a statement, the company said:

The Perrigo Company (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) announced today that it has initiated a voluntary, nationwide product recall to the retail level of 18 batches of its acetaminophen infant suspension liquid, 160 mg/5 mL, sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles with syringes in a box under the store brand products listed below above. The recall is being initiated because of the remote potential that a small number of packages might contain an oral dosing syringe without dose markings. The correct syringe should have a white or yellow plunger with specific dose markings for 1.25 mL, 2.5 mL, 3.75 mL, and 5 mL. If the product’s syringe has these dose markings, consumers can continue to use the product while following labeled use instructions.

Using an oral syringe without dose markings can result in inaccurate dosing, especially in infants who could mistakenly get too high a dose.

Commenting on this market action, Perrigo’s Chairman, President and CEO Joseph C. Papa stated, “There are no issues or concerns with respect to the safety or efficacy of the product, only the potential that the oral dosing device in a relatively small number of packages could be unmarked. Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking this measure to maintain the highest possible product quality standards for our retail customers and consumers. While we cannot be certain that any of these unmarked dosing devices were released into our customers’ supply chains, taking this action is the right thing to do.” Perrigo has not received any reports or complaints related to this defect nor have they found any product with missing dose markings on re-examination of product on hand.

This OTC product is indicated for the relief of fever and minor aches and pains and can be used in infants, children and adults. These recalled products are sold by distributors nationwide and distributed through retail stores.

Perrigo is notifying its distributors and customers by verbal and e-mail communication today, followed by formal FedEx-delivered communication. It also is arranging for return of all recalled products. Distributors/retailers that have the acetaminophen infant suspension liquid that is being recalled should stop distribution and return product.

If the oral dosing device contained in the package has dose markings, no action is required, and the consumer can continue to use the product consistent with the label instructions. If the package contains an oral dosing device that does not have dose markings, the consumer should not use the product and should call Perrigo’s Consumer Affairs Department, toll free, 1-800-719-9260. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, or if they or their children experience any problem that could possibly be related to this drug product.

Adverse events that may be related to the use of this product may be reported to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax:

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

City of Gary to Host Obamacare Townhall Meeting

30 Oct

The City of Gary will host an Affordable Healthcare Act Townhall Meeting, Monday, Nov. 4 at 5:30p.m.at the Genesis Convention Center. A panel of experts will share updates about Obamacare and how to enroll. Panelists include State Rep. Charlie Brown, Denise Dillard of Methodist Hospitals, Dr. Janet Seabrook of Community HealthNet, and David Roos of Covering Kids & Families.

The City will also be hosting enrollment sessions in Nov. and Dec. so that residents can come to City Hall to sign up for coverage. See flyer attached for enrollment dates at City Hall.