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THE TIMES, MARCH 3,2016 PAGE 8- Like us on Facebook Heat'tfl ‘i' , Brett Favre may be drawn into ain cream scandal By PEOF. RANDOLPH HOWES’ M.D., PhD (EDITOR’S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents’ Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is “retired” now in Kentwood. The doctor’s column appears on facebook.com/the- ponchatoulatimes and on facebook.com/theindependencetimes. It is also available online at ponchatoulaxom/ptimes) Brett Favre’s name has surfaced in the latest chapter of the federal government’s ongoing investigation into pain creams con- cocted and sold by compounding pharmacies. According to a report by Rob- ert Lowes in Medscape Medical News, Favre may be in trouble. In January 2016, federal and state law enforcement agents raided compounding pharma- cies in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Utah, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Nar-‘ cotics. Some $15 million in assets were seized in the raids, includ- ing 24 vehicles, f1ve planes, and two boats. According to WAPT TV, one of the pharmacies was Aspire Pharmacy Compound- ing in Jackson, Mississippi. The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was investigat- ing a compounding pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi, called World Health Industries, which does business as Aspire Rx. That company, a division of Aspire Health, makes a com- pounded pain cream called Rx Pro that Brett Favre, new in- ductee into the National Foot- ball League Hall of Fame, has promoted in television and print ads. For years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been in- vestigating compounding phar- macies and their accomplices nationwide that participate in what one federal prosecutor calls a “systemic fraud” against TRICARE, the healthcare pro- gram for members of the armed services and their families.~ As revealed in a string of civil settlements and criminal convictions, physicians have re- ceived kickbacks to write bogus prescriptions ‘ for pain- cream produced by compounding pharmacies. At least one physi-. cian receiving this tainted mon- ey has wound up as a felon. In June 2015, sports medicine spe- cialist James Morales, MD, in Toms River, New Jersey, plead- ed guilty to accepting $60,000 in cash bribes for referring pain cream scripts to a compounding pharmacy in nearby Lakewood, as well as falsifying health re- Win...No Award No Fee u' ApplitionslHearings/Appeals 9' Immediate Access to Experienced Personnel a,Free Consultation CALL TODAY FOR IMMEDIATE HELP! ’7 47. at l Mon. Fri. 8 a.m. 6 pm. Sat. 9 am. - 1 pm. emsnsnjrv "L'Aw We Strive For Quick Claim Approval 8-9053 cords. The involved pharmacies use marketing companies to cold- call TRICARE- beneficiaries and pitch the use of the pain creams and tell customers how the insurance program covers the cost. Dr. Howes The marketers collect TRI- CARE information and the name of the beneficiary’s phy- sician over the telephone to generate a prescription, often delivered without an office visit beforehand. TRICARE has been billed as much as $15,000 for a single prescription. VThe Department of Defense has said that this pain cream gravy train helps explain why its spending on all compounded drugs ballooned from $5 million in fiscal 2004 to $514 million in fiscal 2014. Another Florida pharmacy disguised $70,000 in kickbacks as speaker’s fees for an Indiana physician. The Institute for Safe Medi- cation Practices warns these pain creams can cause “CNS de- pression or cardiac affects that result in slow breathing, irregu- lar heartbeats, and drowsiness or loss of consciousness.” In the America that I love, we are always on the alert for false medical claims that sound too good to be true. Remember, “Buyer Beware.” 3|LL Gonna“ &ASSOOIATES 1 tittt I i, NDING 985-385-8543 ’ Where you are more than number, you ’re afiiend. VETERINARIANE i E HAVE A SOLUTION FOR YOU. 8 Cholesterol Testing - Diabetes Supplies - Immunizations " ialty Compoundin‘ - ~ e of Home Health Products - Diabetic Supplies , at our gift selection 240 Pine Street -‘ Ponchatoula Perrin history As the Campbell brothers looked for a possible lOcation for their brick plant they undoubt- edly dug beneath the top soil at prospective sites to examine the type and quality of the clay pan beneath the surface. Find- ing the clay suitable, the broth- ers purchased 45 acres of land fronting the east side of the railroad tract at Cow Branch for $250. Ponchatoula residents may be excused if they are not fa- miliar with Cow Branch even though most of us have traveled across the stream many times. Cow Branch looks like just an- other drainage canal when' it flows under Range Road near Fannaly’s Auto Exchange. The stream flows further west un- der the railroad tracks and into Ponchatoula Creek. Ear- ly Ponchatoula settler Lorin Chapman had purchased the land around Cow Branch in the 1850’s and began selling town lots in what he hoped would become the community of Cow Branch, Louisiana. Only a few lots were sold in Chapman’s failed development and soon the name of Cow Branch fell from common usage in this community. The Campbell brothers were natives of Mississippi with Frank James Campbell being born in August 1857 and Stone- wall Jackson “Stone” Campbell in April 1866. They were the sons of Thomas J. Campbell (1827-1906) a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and a Confed- erate veteran, and Elvira Rai- ley (1832-1893) a native ofAla- bama. Thomas Campbell was a brick mason and he taught his sons the same trade. Frank’s wife Mary Mullins Campbell was born 13 July 1863 and was the daughter Of G. Mullins and salenia Elliot. Frank and Mary had four daughters before mov- ing to Ponchatoula. Soon after buying the Cow Hardhide FROM PAGE ONE the past most of our forebears fought so hard to protect us from, back in World War II. These idiots must think we are filled with hate. Fear and loath- ing, yes, but not hate. Me? I just want to be filled with perfectly-ripe strawberries. I believe in Lennon. John Lennon. Hooray for the music venues downtown at La Carreta and Roux & Brew, with the Pon- chatoula Pub sitting in on occa- sion. If you wish to gander at the absolute finest kitchen on the planet, visit the Wildewoods Fa- cebook page. Terry Wilde is the Michelan- gelo of Ponchatoula, the creator of fine churches, swift wooden boats, and so much more. When he walks through a forest, all the supple fine woods beg him to take them home. Those few who are chosen are granted immortality. That we have a Wildewoods, and a Terry Wilde in our commu- nity is a source of righteous Pon- chatoula pride. ' FREE DELIVERY FROM PAGE ONE Branch property the brothers began the construction of their brick plant with dirt pits to obtain clay, brick making ma- chines, drying racks, four brick kilns, storage sheds, a steam engine and boiler, etc. The Illinois Central Railroad Company constructed a spur line at the brick yard which became known as Campbell’s Switch. The road going across the railroad tracks there was called Campbell’s Crossing {which today connects North 11th Street and Range Road}, and the area was simply called Campbell’s. The Campbell brothers began making bricks in June 1891. The Campbell Brothers Brick Company was successful, and Stone Campbell was also suc- cessful in wooing a local girl, Lela Louise Lange, daughter of Ponchatoula pioneer settlers Mr. and Mrs. Julius Lange, to be his Wife. They were married in 1892 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a few years later in 1896 had a son, Thomas Stone- wall Campbell. Stone Campbell decided in November 1893 to leave the brickyard in Ponchatoula to his brother Frank and strike out on his own. Instead of being paid for his interest in the brick com- pany, Stone received as compen- sation 362,500 paving bricks that were ready for shipment. Stone and his wife moved to In- dependence and Stone started his own brick company in 1895 in partnership with John E. Millard. Stone bought out Mr. Millard’s interest in the compa- ny later that year and operated his modern brick plant near Independence for a number of years. 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