Pharma Rep Bill Lobbying

Still, sponsors Bill Greenlee and Cindy Bass pulled their bill from City Council consideration last week, after it ran into what Health Department spokesperson James Garrow called “intense lobbying” from unexpected opponents in the city’s tourism industry, in addition to aggrieved drugmakers.

http://www.philly.com/business/philadelphia-opioid-crisis-drug-sales-big-pharma-marketing-convention-hotels-doctors-20181220.html

By Joseph DiStephano

Narcan/Pharmacy Bill a Good Idea?

The Philadelphia Department of Health says 75 percent of Philadelphia’s estimated 400 pharmacies already carry Narcan. Only 100 don’t.


CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens all carry it, I’m told by Health Department spokesperson Jim Garrow, and they are everywhere.


What’s more, since June 2017, the Health Department has handed out 57,000 doses, free of charge.


That’s free to the user. The city pays $75 for a two-dose kit and distributes it to first responders, says Garrow, “and community organizations that have regular contact with the population that needs this medication.” So Henon’s bill isn’t necessary, because anyone who wants Narcan can easily get it.

http://www2.philly.com/philly/columnists/stu_bykofsky/stu-bykofsky-philadelphia-bill-narcan-government-intrusion-pharmacists-20181121.html

By Stu Bykofski

Undetermined Death Settlement


The official cause and manner of Malik’s death is listed as “undetermined,” according to Jim Garrow, a spokesman for the city Medical Examiner’s Office.  It’s a rare, but not unheard of, determination, and law enforcement sources familiar with the case say the ruling can be changed if new evidence emerges.

http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/nadia-malik-death-lawsuit-decision-family-boyfriend-20181114.html

By Vinny Vella

Cities’ Rights

That was Lower Moreland native Rod Rosenstein in the New York Times on August 28th, bully-pulpiting Philly and other cities over their efforts to counter the opioid epidemic by encouraging the opening of so-called “safe injection sites.”

The city’s response? “The federal government should focus its enforcement on the pill mills and illegal drug traffickers who supply the poison that is killing our residents, not on preventing public health officials from acting to keep Philadelphians from dying,” shot back Department of Public Health spokesman Jim Garrow.

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2018/10/27/safe-injection-sites-fight-philadelphia/

By Brian Howard

Three Heat-related Deaths Announced

Meanwhile, the city confirmed that a heat-related death had occurred last Wednesday, only the third of a summer that has been among the warmer ones on record.

 

“Drug intoxication” also was a factor in the death, said Health Department spokesman James Garrow.

http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/weather/philadelphia-weather-heat-wave-relief-eagles-falcons-20180906.html

By Joseph Gambardello

Response to Rosenstein OpEd 3

“Just as local governments had to lead during the HIV epidemic, cities like ours will be on the forefront of saving lives in the opioid crisis,” James Garrow, a spokesman for Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health, said in a statement Tuesday. “The federal government should focus its enforcement on the pill mills and illegal drug traffickers who supply the poison that is killing our residents, not on preventing public health officials from acting to keep Philadelphians from dying.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cities-defiant-after-justice-departments-threat-on-supervised-injection-sites/2018/09/04/fcf798d6-b056-11e8-a20b-5f4f84429666_story.html

By Lenny Bernstein Katie Zezima

Overdose Awareness Day Recognition

Philadelphia had close to 1,300 overdose deaths last year — the vast majority from opioids — and almost 300 in the first quarter of this year. And if you think those statistics are far removed from your life and reflect a moral failing on the part of the victims, Health Department spokesman James Garrow says, that is exactly why the city chose to observe this day.

“This day really hopes to bring it out into light that overdose happens to regular people and we should all be more cognizant of the humanity that’s suffering with these problems,” Garrow said.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/philadelphia-health-officials-observe-overdose-awareness-day

By Pat Loeb