Wednesday, March 22, 2006


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Long before Tim Smith came into my life?


I would always say this story to people who would tell me – Shawn Graham as Premier will never do a study on Ritalin.

I would answer like this…

Do you know Denis Landry from Le
Centre-PĂ©ninsule in the North Shore?


Many private citizens wouldn’t know this Acadian MLA so I would described Denis.

I would say – He has the biggest hand of all the MLA’s in Fredericton.

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Once Shawn Graham is elected Premier?

Myself and Denis would stand side by side in front of the Centennial Building in the Capital.

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Once Shawn comes out of the building and say – Ritalin? I don’t know what your talking about Charles? < Same as Bernard Lord did in 1999! >


Well? I would punch the Premier with my right hand and Denis would follow with a left on the left hand side.


With Denis large hand? I don’t believe that I will need to punch the Premier….lol….

And that would be the end of that!!!

Of course, this is just a joke.

As a matter of fact? I told Shawn Graham those exact words!!!….


This is New Brunswick so therefore we don’t use violence in this Province to get our message across but how much longer this peaceful trend will continue?

That’s the emotional question?


He never showed up....he must have chickened out???

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A Conversation with the Premier of New Brunswick

Premier Bernard Lord

(NEW BRUNSWICK) Spend the evening with the Premier of New Brunswick and his wife on tonight’s special episode of Crosby Live. Premier Bernard Lord and his wife, Diane join Rich Crosby to talk about anything, except politics.

On this rare occasion, Premier Lord takes politics off the agenda for a chat about life outside of legislature. As hectic as his political life may be, New Brunswick’s premier does manage time for a fulfilling personal and family life.

Tonight’s show gives New Brunswick residents a rare glimpse inside the life of a provincial leader and an opportunity to get to know a more personal side of Premier Bernard Lord.

Watch this special episode of Crosby Live, tonight at 8pm, only on Rogers Television, cable 10 in New Brunswick.


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While walking near the Beaverbrook Hotel, I noticed many vehicles from the media park alongside the street.

I said to myself - There must a story around here???

So the hunt was on to locate them.

I finally located the media in a small room and up front was a group of people from the New Brunswick Association For Community Living.

They looked like a determine group of people and their main concern was the report by Professor MacKay on inclusion.

One woman approached me and told me that it was a private meeting with the media.

I told her – I am the media!!!

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I’m a bloggler!!

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Well? We had to go outside for a little chat.

I have to start wearing a suit and tie!

After I explain my position, I was allowed inside.

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Once in the room, I noticed one guy at the end of the table.

I believe his name is Dan Soucy.

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Maybe I got the first name wrong?

Anyway, I remember seeing the guy on Melanson Live a couple of years ago.


What I don’t like about the issue of Autism is that these poor kids don’t seem to learn in today’s classroom.

I had a little chat with Mr.Soucy.

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I always said that if 12 ADHD kids and 12 kids with Autism were in the same classroom?

Which group of kids would learn better?

My answer is the Autistic kids because the kids with ADHD would be easily distracted by all the noise.

The problem from the way I see it?

Some parents will go to court so their kids would be in the so-call normal classroom.

If you find out the definition of the word – Normal?

Please let me know!

I know for a fact that these recommendations will not be enforce because we don’t have the money.

This is the reason that Bernard Lord won’t do a study on Ritalin because it’s cheaper to drug our children than to treat them with dignity!

Of course, I am not a professional but I know that it’s a very touchy issue and Ottawa must come to the rescue with a lot of money!!!

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I'll leave this blog open for comments.....Will Rogers Television continue to deny certain New Brunswickers to call the show???


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Health Canada to boost warnings on ADHD drugs
Last Updated Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:34:22 EST
CBC News

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Health Canada will add tougher warnings to the labels of Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and similar drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, CBC News has learned.

Two million prescriptions for the stimulants, which increase blood pressure and speed up the pulse, were written in Canada in 2005. Use of the drugs is increasing.
Health Canada briefly pulled the ADHD drug Adderall XR from the market last year.

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Health Canada plans to add tougher warnings to the stimulants in April that caution people with a family history of heart problems, patients taking another stimulant and those who engage in strenuous physical activities.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also considering adding its strongest possible warning to the medications.

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The strengthened warnings come after regulators received reports of 25 sudden deaths in American youngsters, as well as cases of heart attacks, strokes and psychosis among children and adults on the drugs.

'I want the physician's hand to tremble a little bit'

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The chances of the drugs causing sudden death is rare, about one in 100,000 for children, said Dr. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and a consultant on an FDA advisory panel that recommended the warning.

Families and doctors need to be alerted to the risks, Nissen said.

"I want the physician's hand to tremble a little bit before they write the prescription for the drug."

Benefits often outweigh risks, ADHD expert says

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Aside from Health Canada's stronger warnings, the department also cautions people with any heart risk factors to be screened before taking the drug.

But Dr. Margaret Weiss, head of British Columbia's ADHD program, says doctors already check for potential heart problems by requesting a complete physical exam and cardiac history before prescribing the drugs.

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She said ADHD tends to be undertreated and pointed out that the drugs have been used safely to treat the illness in millions of people.

"You're looking at the risk of a potential adverse event against the known risk from a very severe disorder," Weiss said.

* FROM FEB. 10, 2005: Health Canada withdraws ADHD drug

She added that the benefits may outweigh the possible dangers for some children.

Nissen agreed. He is also calling for a patient guide that spells out the risks.

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'It's definitely been a beneficial medicine for us'

Sandra LeBlanc, who has two sons with ADHD on Ritalin, said yearly physical exams over more than a decade haven't showed any ill effects.

"It's definitely been a beneficial medicine for us," said LeBlanc, whose family lives in Charlottetown. "It's really improved the family life."

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Regulators continue to look for possible side-effects from the drugs, including psychiatric problems.

Headlines: Health & Science


Health Canada withdraws ADHD drug
Last Updated Fri, 11 Feb 2005 14:40:14 EST
CBC News

OTTAWA - A drug to treat attention deficit disorder is being pulled off the market by Canadian regulators, who are reviewing the safety of similar drugs such as Ritalin.

The drug, called Adderall XR, has been linked to 20 sudden deaths, including 14 among children, as well as a dozen strokes, Health Canada said. Children suffered two of the strokes.

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None of the deaths happened in Canada, and none were the result of abuse, misuse or overdose of the amphetamine.

The once-a-day Adderall XR or extended release formula was approved for use in Canada in January 2004. The capsules can be opened to sprinkle the drug on food.

Patients who were prescribed the drug or their parents should consult their doctor immediately and return any capsules to a pharmacy, Health Canada advises on its website.

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Health Canada is asking makers of related stimulants for ADHD, including Ritalin, to provide an update of worldwide safety data for the department to review. The department expects to complete the review of ADHD drugs in a month or more.

Ritalin is used by tens of thousands of Canadian children with ADHD and has been prescribed for decades. The three other ADHD drugs under review are Concerta, Dexadrine and Attenade.


"Obviously this is going to affect how everybody views all stimulants until we get better data," said Dr. Wendy Roberts, a developmental pediatrician at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

* FROM MAY 26, 2003: Generic drugs can look like original: Philadelphia court

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Shire Pharmaceuticals Group PLC makes Adderall XR, as well as an immediate-release version of the drug that is sold in the U.S. but isn't approved in Canada.

Safety review
Shire said it is complying with Health Canada's order but the company stands behind the safety of the product, which remains on the market in the U.S.

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Dr. Umesh Jain

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration looked at Shire's safety data, the regulator opted to put a warning label on the drug, saying it should not be used by patients whose hearts have structural abnormalities.

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On the other hand, Health Canada concluded a warning label is inadequate, given the deaths were sudden and the cause unknown, said Dr. Robert Peterson, director general of the department's therapeutic products directorate.

Some doctors who treat ADHD say the directorate acted prematurely in failing to consult with physicians before pulling the drug.

"We have a crisis on our hands, with frantic patients and doctors scrambling to decide what to do with this decision," said Dr. Umesh Jain, a child psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

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About 11,000 Canadians take Adderall XR, mostly children. The drug accounts for $10 million in Canadian sales for Shire.


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Panel considers stronger labels for ADHD drugs

Associated Press

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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WASHINGTON -- Health officials in the United States on Wednesday sought strengthened warnings of rare but serious risks, including heart attacks and hallucinations, associated with popular drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Tonight, Global National will also examine whether Canadian officials are considering the same.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked its pediatric advisory committee to review reports of those potential risks and then recommend how to relay that information to the public. The agency has struggled since last year with that latter task.

"This is really the crux of where we are trying to go," Dr. Dianne Murphy, director of the FDA's office of pediatric therapeutics, told the panel Wednesday.

Last month, the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management advisory committee voted to recommend adding "black-box" warnings to stimulants used to treat ADHD, alerting doctors, patients and parents of the uncertainty regarding the risk the drugs may pose to the cardiovascular system. The warnings are the most serious that prescription drugs may bear.

The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory committees, but usually does.

The latest reviews show that psychosis or mania can occur in some juvenile patients at normal doses of any ADHD drug. The reviews included roughly 90 studies of the drugs as well as reports from doctors, parents and others.

The ADHD drugs include Ritalin, manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and in generic form by other companies; Adderall, made by Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Strattera, produced by Eli Lilly and Co.

FDA officials say patients and doctors should be aware that the small number of psychiatric events could represent side effects of the drugs, although they cannot point to a definitive link. However, they noted a "complete absence" of similar reports in children treated with dummy pills during dozens of clinical trials of thedrugs. In many children, the events ceased once they stopped taking the drugs - and resumed in some once they restarted.

McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals said in briefing documents that it is customary to weigh the "therapeutic benefits and potential risks" of treatment and warned of the negative effects of leaving ADHD untreated. The unit of Johnson & Johnson makes Concerta, a long-acting form of methylphenidate, the drug inRitalin.

A third FDA panel is to consider on Thursday an application by Cephalon Inc. to sell its sleep-disorder drug Provigil, or modafinil, as an ADHD treatment for children.

The FDA wants members of its psychopharmalogic drugs advisory committee to weigh that request, including whether serious skin rashes seen in children treated with modafinil should merit special warnings, follow-up studies and implementation of a plan to limit the risk.

In the United States, nearly 3.3 million people age 19 and younger used an ADHD drug in 2005, according to Medco Health Solutions Inc., a prescription drug benefit program manager.


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A picture of Tim and his cute daughter watching over Mecklenburg Street.

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NB Telegraph-Journal | Saint John
As published on page B4 on March 22, 2006

'Street proof' needle boxes may calm concerns
AIDS Saint John expects to hand out 100,000 needles this year

By Jeff Ducharme

Julie Dingwell of AIDS Saint John says she's not playing the numbers game with people. While she understands people are concerned when a needle is found near their home, she says releasing how many needles are returned by intravenous drug users as compared to those handed out will only be used to thrust the program into a negative light.

But the number of needles handed out in the area from the Port City to Sussex has exploded - up from just 700 needles in 1999 to an expected 100,000 this year.

"I'm just going to tell you we have an excellent return rate," said Ms. Dingwell.

"These same people that maybe worry about finding a needle need to be calling the minister of Health and asking for addictions treatment; we need more and we need it right now because my community is suffering because of addiction."

Jackie Higgins and her eight-year-old son live in the middle of a neighbourhood that is riddled with prostitutes and intravenous drug users - the corner of Coburg and Cliff streets.

"I think the city is more conscientious," said Ms. Higgins about not finding any needles since last year. "I think they're more aware of the problem now."

But in other areas of town, the problem persists.

Tim Smith lives on Mecklenberg Street in the city's South End. In March, his daughter found four needles near his house.

"You just never know where (addicts) are going to chuck them," said Mr. Smith.
The needles were picked up by police.

Mr. Smith supports the needle exchange program, but said neighbours have to stand up and take back their streets instead of abdicating their responsibility to police, city hall or groups such as AIDS Saint John.

"That's the problem, most homeowners don't even know what's going on on their own street," Mr. Smith said. "You have to get out of the backyard to know what's going on in the front yard."

Ms. Higgins also supports the needle exchange.

"I would rather, if that were my child out there, they be using a clean needle than a dirty needle," said Ms. Higgins.


Upset neighbours are nothing new to Ms. Dingwell. She knows the program has shortcomings.

"We know that we need a needle disposal system," Ms. Dingwell said.

AIDS Saint John is currently looking at buying a number of "street proof" needle disposal units that will be placed near areas frequented by intravenous drug users.

"We're not going to go out into this neighbourhood and place them in front of somebody's house, but there are, for instance, even on Waterloo Street, institutions that are open to the idea of having a needle box in front," Ms. Dingwell said.

The containers are used in most major cities.

"We have to be practical about solutions for the community," Ms. Dingwell said. "In an ideal world we wouldn't have people becoming addicted to opiates and then having to sex trade to get their drugs, but we're not in an ideal world."


I like the style of this guy!!! Click here to visit the site!!!



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These two individuals are denying New Brunswickers the right to asks questions to our politicians.

Terri Willis and Scott Jackson should return to Ontario where they belong.

Maybe they are being paid by the Irvings to deny our freedom of speech?

Rogers television and the Irvings are working side by side in denying New Brunswickers the rights to speak out!!!


Bernard Lord will be on Rogers tonight but only certain individuals will be allowed to phone the show!!!


I can't stand this kid but I'll lower myself to watch the show. Even if he's always promoting the Irving's papers!!

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If you're watching this show tonight? I'll be leaving comments live and you can do the same. This old germany style show starts at 8:00pm!!!